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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

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First POST: Scary Monsters

Facebook opens up about its experiments on tweaking voting behavior; breaking news in the FCC net neutrality battle; getting hard data on civic tech's impact on political efficacy; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: System-Gaming

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Gimme Shelter

The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Tribes

Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more GO

monday >

First POST: Inventions

How voter data-sharing among GOP heavyweights is still lagging; why Facebook's News Feed scares news publishers; Google's ties to the State Department; and much, much more. GO

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