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First POST: Transitions

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 7 2013

Transitions

Meanwhile, in other news around the web:

  • Al Gore says Edward Snowden "has revealed evidence of what appears to be crimes against the Constitution of the United States."

  • The British Government is claiming that Snowden's disclosures could make it easier for "pedophiles to cover their tracks online."

  • Germany is seriously considering having Edward Snowden testify before its parliament on the "NSA affair."

  • The New York Times reports that the CIA pays AT&T to look up phone metadata on overseas targets. Data on Americans that may surface in those searches is reportedly masked.

  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius tells a congressional hearing the first month's enrollment figures for Obamacare will be "very low." Sen. Max Baucus, who helped delay the law's enactment for several months back in 2009, chided her, saying "It has been disappointing to see members of the administration say they didn't see the problems coming."

  • Jacqueline Fuller, director of Google Giving, the company's charitable arm, explains some of the thinking that goes into their "moon shot" projects.

  • Italy is becoming a "test lab for participatory democracy," writes Carola Frediani, with multiple experiments underway, using everything from the Pirate Party's Liquid Democracy to a home-grown parliamentary feedback tool Tu Parlamento to a new platform called Electronic Parliament that says its users' decisions will be binding on legislators.

  • The TalkingTransitionNYC project is opening its doors with a tent downtown crammed with events from November 9-23rd, and one hundred multilingual paid canvassers criss-crossing the city surveying residents using interactive iPads. (You can also participate online here.) It is being funded by ten major city-based foundations.