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What the Early 20th Century and the SOPA/PIPA Fight Have In Common

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 26 2012

As it happens, there's a connection between the SOPA/PIPA fight and sexuality and politics in 1920s Austria. That's the argument Beth Noveck made Monday at New York Law School, during an evening book event Personal Democracy Media hosted to discuss Steven Johnson's new book, "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in the Networked Age." Noveck spoke alongside Tina Rosenberg, co-writer of the Fixes online column for the New York Times, Internet thinker Clay Shirky, and our editorial director, Micah Sifry. Read More

Rick Santorum's Campaign Raises Eyebrows With Thank You E-Mails To Those Who Didn't Donate

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 2 2012

Rick Santorum's presidential campaign raised a few eyebrows recently when several people received e-mails thanking them for their financial donations to the campaign -- even though they hadn't contributed a dime. The ... Read More

Notes From a Father of the Open Internet, 15 Years On

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 10 2011

Part 1 of Personal Democracy Forum's Social Media Week event, "Wikileaks and Civil Disobedience." Watch Part 2 here. John Perry Barlow. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Forum As a revolution that was in many ways ... Read More

Watch Live: WikiLeaks and Online Civil Disobedience

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 9 2011

Watch live streaming video from smw_newyork_hearst at livestream.com Check out our Social Media Week event, "Wikileaks and Online Civil Disobedience," streaming live now. This conversation features Deanna Zandt, John ... Read More

Ethics and Believability in Politics: On Sifry's Theory of an 'Obama Disconnect'

BY Peter Daou | Tuesday, January 5 2010

Cross-posted at Huffington Post Micah Sifry has written a widely discussed essay about the denuded Obama grassroots movement, touching on a broad range of issues, from the campaign team's exertion of top-down control to ... Read More

Off to London for Politics Web 2.0 International Conference

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 15 2008

I'm taking off tomorrow morning for London, England, where I'll be speaking along with techPresident blogger Michael Turk at "Politics Web 2.0," a two-day international conference hosted by the University of London, ... Read More

"Barack 1984" Tries to Parry "Vote Different"

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 20 2007

Heads-up: There's a response video to Hillary 1984 that's started circulating on the web. More on that below. But first this bit of self-promotion: I'm on CNN's "Situation Room" today at around 5:50pm eastern and on the ... Read More

Live-Blogging Politics Online 2007: How Political Journalism is Changing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 16 2007

Here's my semi-verbatim but not for direct quotation transcript of this morning's fascinating panel on how the web is changing political journalism. The players: Moderator: Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine, Speakers: David ... Read More

Announcing Technorati Tracks: Blog Posts Mentioning Each Candidate

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 21 2007

We're pleased to announce our newest feature: Technorati tracks, a series of dynamic charts that show how often bloggers are mentioning the presidential candidates over the last 30 and 90 days. The charts are broken ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. GO

Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network

In Oakland, a city with deep roots in radical activism and a growing tech scene at odds with the hyper-capital-driven Silicon Valley, those at the Sudo Room hackerspace believe that the solution to a wide range of problems, from censorship to the digital divide, is a mesh net, a type of decentralized network that is resilient to censorship and disruption and can also bring connectivity to poor communities.

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