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First POST: Civicus

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 4 2013

Civicus

  • The Knight Foundation has issued a huge new report mapping the civic tech ecosystem and its growth since the beginning of 2011, and we have the scoop for you here.

  • Pierre Omidyar turns to the Huffington Post to give his take on "WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age." In it, he argues for leniency for the "PayPal 14" protestors who participated in DDOS attacks against the company in retaliation for its cutting off payments to WikiLeaks in 2010. Read the whole thing.

  • Conor Friedersdorf interviews Jay Rosen on "NewCo," and reports that "the start-up won't insist that its reporters observe the conventions of what is variously called objectivity, impartiality, or viewlessness." Rosen also says that it's not clear yet whether NewCo is an American or global news organization.

  • Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger told British MPs yesterday he would not be intimidated by government pressure over his paper's NSA and GCHQ reporting.

  • Bruce Schneier is asking for help keeping track of all the Snowden documents.

  • Pressure is building for the White House to fire someone for the botched HealthCare.gov rollout. Among the names mentioned in this New York Times story: "Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary; Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services; Mike Hash, the head of the health and human services health reform office; Michelle Snyder, the chief operating officer at Medicaid and Medicare; Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the website; Jeanne Lambrew, the head of health care policy inside the White House; David Simas, a key adviser involved in the rollout; and Todd Park, the president’s top adviser on technology issues."

  • "President Barack Obama has talked many times about transparency, but it appears the White House releases numbers that are good when it wants to, while hiding bad ones as much as possible." That's CNN's Jake Tapper, on the White House's continued unwillingness to say how many people may have signed up at HealthCare.gov and had their information lost in the process.

  • The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the law banning 3-D printed guns for another ten years.

  • Senator Chuck Schumer tells The New Republic's Isaac Chotiner that "left-wing blogs are the mirror image [of the Tea Party]. They just have less credibility and less clout." He also things they're wrong on Wall Street.

  • Trevor Timm is going to work full-time as the executive director of the Freedom of Press Foundation, so the Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for an activist to fill his shoes.

  • ICYMI: Why Fight for the Future is supporting BitCoin.