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First POST: Differences

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 17 2014


  • Independent SuperPACs aren't allowed to coordinate with campaigns, but according to this story by Chris Moody for CNN, anonymous public Twitter accounts were used to enable the sharing of sensitive information like polling data among Republican campaigns and groups. As one campaign finance expert, Paul Ryan, commented, "It's a line that has not been defined. This is really on the cutting edge."

  • Anonymous has taken over two Twitter accounts belonging to the racist Klu Klux Klan organization, Violet Blue reports for ZDNet.

  • Venture capitalists Fred Wilson and Mark Cuban are sparring on Wilson's AVC blog over whether, as Wilson writes, net neutrality is needed to protect the Davids (upstart innovators) from the Goliaths (incumbent giant internet service providers), or if it will make matters worse, as Cuban argues.

  • Some big Fortune 500 companies, including Ford, Visa, UPS and the Bank of America, have been lobbying the FCC in support of reclassifying broadband service under Title II, reports Joshua Brustein for Bloomerg Businessweek.

  • Related: On Medium's Backchannel, David Weinberger explains why net neutrality isn't about "regulating the Internet," but rather "it's about preserving the Internet by regulating the oligarchies that provide us with access to the Internet.

  • reopened for enrollment Saturday, with few glitches. What a difference a year makes.

  • Sixty percent of the more than 226,000 comments on the official Facebook page for Obamacare came from less than one hundred unique profiles, The Washington Times' Kelly Riddell reports.

  • The State Department shut down its entire unclassified email system over the weekend after finding signs that it had been hacked, the AP's Matthew Lee reports.

  • Futurist Jerry Michalski offers an alternative to our national insecurity state: Design from trust.

  • Want to write a job description that doesn't drive away people who are underrepresented in their fields? Read this Storify of dos and don'ts by Erin Kissane.

  • Here's a nifty chart made by Moritz Stefaner showing the gender ratio among speakers at conference on data visualization, creative code and information graphics.