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First POST: The Ephemeral Web

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 7 2013

Data distrust

  • A firm that sells information about voters collected by Democrats is backing off plans to look for clients in the private sector.

Hoping to get the word out

  • Organizers hope a mix of training and technology will create a communications network to chronicle irregularities, counter rumors, and hopefully stave off violence surrounding upcoming elections in Kenya.

Militarizing the Internet

"Start with the one, and see how it goes from there"

  • When will it end? Evgeny Morozov keeps on trying to paint "Future Perfect" author Steven B. Johnson as an "Internet centrist," someone who believes that the Internet holds the solution to every problem. Johnson's book, which we discussed at New York Law School when it came out, makes the case that networks of people — probably using the Internet — can find the solution to a lot of problems. The pair went back and forth in The (new) New Republic, and on their personal blogs, and the argument seems to have grown from a singleton into a full-blown course of ten.

Around the web

News Briefs

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First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Africa Calling

How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Burrowing

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Attending

New revelations from Laura Poitras' film Citizen Four; how India's new real-time online attendance system for government officials works; tech critic Evgeny Morozov in hot water; and much, much more. GO

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