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First POST: Seers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 8 2014

Seers

  • in the Wall Street Journal, Obama political advisor and campaign guru David Plouffe says that in the future, campaigns will use candidate holograms to interact with voters door-to-door, online voter registration will become universal, and campaigns "will be increasingly personalized to the individual."

  • Google co-founder Larry Page thinks the work week should be reduced so people can spend "more time with their family or pursue their own interests."

  • Tomorrow, BRCK--the self-powered, mobile WiFi device designed for use in low-infrastructure parts of the world--has its launch in Nairobi, and co-founder Erik Hersman (of the Ushahidi team) explains its provenance here.

  • “That idea of technology as an empowering force that can actually make peoples’ lives better I think is central to a government context,” Boston's new CIO, Jascha Franklin-Hodge tells Colin Wood of Digital Communities.

  • BoingBoing's Cory Doctorow says the latest revelations about the NSA's dragnet surveillance show the agency is routinely collecting far more information on Americans than previously understood, using Section 702 of the FISA Act to circumvent other restraints on such spying.

  • Brookings Institution scholar Benjamin Wittes writes that Edward Snowden is a "civil liberties violator" for stealing and then giving a cache of private communications intercepts to "a third party" which then published details of private conversation.

  • Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee is taking up CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a re-branded version of CISPA, and Fight for the Future is pressing for its defeat.

  • Some top US Senators are pretty in the dark about the latest revelations about the NSA, reports Tim Mak for the Daily Beast.

  • Wired's Andy Greenberg profiles Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher for Google who is now the director of security for Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media.

  • Politico's Jessica Meyers sums up the as-yet unsuccessful work of FWD.us, Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform effort to harness tech industry money and smarts to DC lobbying savvy. She notes it "surpassed its $50 million fundraising goal…and has almost $25 million still squirreled away."

  • The Zephyr Teachout-Tim Wu upstart campaign to challenge sitting NY governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary has more than 39,000 petition signatures collected to get on the ballot. They need 15,000 to qualify, and Cuomo's lawyers are expected to file challenges.

  • Just posted: Our Miranda Neubauer digs into the details of New York City's pioneering effort to convert the city's existing infrastructure of 7,300 payphones into more than 100,000 WiFi hotspots.

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Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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