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First POST: Climate Changes

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 23 2014

Climate Changes

  • Google is going to end its relationship with the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, finally giving in to the #DontFundEvil campaign led by Forecast the Facts. Speaking on the Diane Rehm radio show in Washington, DC, Google's chairman Eric Schmidt said, ""Well, the company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts—what a shock. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people—they're just, they're just literally lying."

  • Related? Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company doesn't accept the idea that "there's a trade-off between the economy and the environment" and "the long-term consequences of not addressing the environment are huge."

  • Our Jessica McKenzie on "How Network-Centric Organizing Made the People's Climate March."

  • Why spend so much time researching and writing about digital connectivity? Zeynep Tufekci's answer, which she ties to the challenge of global climate and economic crises, may surprise you.

  • Longtime digital politics observer David Karpf notes the expansion of DailyKos from being "a community blog into a more complex digitally-mediated political organization" and says that we should stop referring to a concept known as "the blogosphere." I agree, but first we will have to get everyone to stop referring to posts as "blogs."

  • Social news pioneer Andy Carvin, who is now at First Look Media, is hiring journalists to "embed themselves as hosts and producers on various social media platforms."

  • How the New York Times' cyber-security reporter Nicole Perloth protects her own communications.

  • MayDay PAC is asking people to make 30-second videos focused on the corrupting influence of money in politics, with the winning submission potentially being aired on TV. It's a throwback to MoveOn's "Bush in 30 Seconds" contest from 2004.

  • The annual Code for America civic tech summit begins today at 2:30 PDT, and main hall talks will be livestreamed here.