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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.

News Briefs

RSS Feed monday >

After Election Loss, Teachout and Wu Keep Up Net Neutrality and Anti-Comcast Merger Campaign

The Teachout/Wu campaign may have lost, but their pro net-neutrality campaign continued Monday as both former candidates participated in a rallly in New York City marking the final day to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's Internet proposals and kept up their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo. GO

friday >

NYC Politicians and Advocacy Groups Say Airbnb Misrepresents Sharing Economy

A coalition of New York election officials and affordable housing groups have launched an advocacy effort targeting Airbnb called "Share Better" that includes an ad campaign, a web platform, and social media outreach. GO

First POST: Data Dumps

The Internet Slowdown's impact on the FCC; Uber drivers try to go on strike; four kinds of civic tech; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Positive Sums

How Teachout won some wealthy districts while Cuomo won some poor ones; DailyKos's explosive traffic growth; using Facebook for voter targeting; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Emergence

Evaluating the Teachout-Wu challenge; net neutrality defenders invoke an "internet slowdown"; NYC's first CTO; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

De Blasio Names Minerva Tantoco First New York City CTO

Mayor Bill de Blasio named Minerva Tantoco as first New York City CTO Tuesday night in an announcement that was greeted with applause and cheers at the September meeting of the New York Tech Meet-Up. In his remarks, De Blasio said her task would be to develop a coordinated strategy for technology and innovation as it affects the city as a whole and the role of technology in all aspects of civic life from the economy and schools to civic participation, leading to a "redemocratization of society." He called Tantoco the perfect fit for the position as a somebody who is "great with technology, has a lot of experience, abiltiy and energy and ability to create from scratch and is a true New Yorker." GO

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