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First POST: In Transit

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, April 11 2014

In Transit

  • Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras are making their first visit to the US since helping break the NSA surveillance story, to accept a Polk Award along with Ewen MacAskill and Barton Gellman here in NYC Friday midday. They are flying with an ACLU lawyer and will be met by other ACLU staff on arrival. Both face the risk of being subpoenaed by federal prosecutors. I'll be live-tweeting from the event, assuming there's connectivity.

  • WikiLeaks tweets that they are on Flight SIA26 bound for JFK, having been dropped off at the Berlin airport by Tor's Jacob Appelbaum, no stranger to border security harassment.

  • The appointment of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Dropbox's board of directors has prompted an online protest campaign. The hashtag #dropdropbox is spreading rapidly on Twitter. Netizens are pointing to her support for warrantless wiretapping as a key reason for the protest.

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius "resigns after troubles over health site," headlines today's New York Times.

  • Or, if you prefer, she's resigning "because Obamacare has won," headlines Ezra Klein's Vox.

  • The DATA Act has passed the Senate, after clearing the House last November. Its goal is to improve federal spending transparency. The Sunlight Foundation's Matthew Rumsey reviews the background leading up to the law.

  • In Foreign Affairs, Stacie Pettyjohn explains why Washington's decision to cede control of ICANN actually reinforces the multistakeholder model of Internet governance and will help "ensure that the Internet will remain open and free."

  • Fifth graders in a Queens public school are learning about social media as part of coursework on digital literacy, reports Alex Vadukul for the New York Times.

  • Here's a nifty map of day care centers in New York City, made by volunteers from the BetaNYC community mashing up public data.

  • Trey Grayson, the head of the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics and a friend of PDM, is stepping down at the end of June. We wish him the best.

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