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First POST: Packed

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 22 2014


  • The 300,000 to 400,000 climate activists that packed New York City's streets yesterday are "louder and rowdier than the old-school greens who dominated the movement when Barack obama entered the White House," writes Elana Schor for Politico. She also compares them to the Tea Party, adding:

    The new breed reigns supreme on social media: 350 has 201,000 Twitter followers, more than the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, the NRDC or EDF. When [ co-founder Bill] McKibben launched a live climate tour in 2012, an estimated 24,000 people helped sell out 22 shows, and his group has volunteers in 188 countries. Its lobbying budget is tiny, though — because it tends to disdains all that.

  • One way the march was emphatically not at all like the Tea Party was in the diversity of its participants, reports Ben Adler for Grist.

  • We'll have an in-depth report on how the march's organizers used tech, up on techPresident later today.

  • How the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, founded by Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, is increasing the numbers of minorities in tech, reported by Tammerlin Drummond in the Contra Costa Times.

  • Remember Linda Tirado, whose powerful first-person essay about being poor ("Why I make terrible decisions") went viral online last year? She's now working as a new-media activist and journalist in Washington, DC, having published a book based on her post. "I got 20,000 emails in a week," she tells the Guardian's Rachel Cooke.

  • The White House's chief information officer Steve VanRoekel is moving over to USAID to coordinate the government's expanding effort to combat the Ebola virus, Erin Mershon reports for Politico. Last seen helping save, VanRoekel has past experience working with USAID in the Horn of Africa.

  • Hoping to surf off the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" wave, the Republican National Committee is launching a "voter challenge" Facebook app, reports Darren Samuelsohn for Politico.

  • Technolibertarian VC Peter Thiel and anarchist anthropologist David Graeber had what sounds like a rollicking debate on the future of technology last Friday under the auspices of The Baffler magazine.

  • Joe Green has quit his role as president of, the tech-funded immigration reform group that was heavily backed by his college roommate, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. WritesKara Swisher in Re/Code, "according to a 'confidential' email that Zuckerberg sent out…to major contributors to, it looks like Green was pushed."

  • In Jacobin magazine, Avi Asher-Schapiro takes a close look at Uber's business model--especially its recent cuts in driver rates in response to competition from Lyft and others, and discovers lots of drivers who lie about liking their jobs and are banding together--in California one group started working with a Teamsters local to form the Califormia App-based Drivers Association--to fight for better treatment.

  • Companies like Airbnb and Uber are wrestling with a "patchwork" of regulatory guidelines in Europe, Raphael Minder and Mark Scott report for the New York Times. (Note to Times' headline writers: we don't think Uber is a "sharing economy" company--see above.)

  • ICYMI: Denise Cheng reports for us on how the Detroit Water Project, a virtual crowdfunded platform helping poor Detroiters pay their water bills, is having trouble finding people to help--and what that may teach us about networked philanthropy.