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First POST: Determined

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 1 2014


  • Republican presidential candidates still have an uphill climb in their efforts to woo Silicon Valley tech money, reports Tony Romm of Politico. After detailing the efforts of Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul to make inroads, Romm notes the serious policy issues that divide them from many tech donors, including net neutrality, NSA reform and immigration reform.

  • The Obama White House holiday tour has gone digital, with a robot dog as homage to the Maker movement, reports Juliet Eilperin for the Washington Post.

  • Uber has taken "disciplinary action" against its New York City general manager Josh Mohrer for alleged privacy violations, Alison Griswold reports for Slate.

  • Ex-Googler (and popularized of the hashtag) Chris Messina asks on Medium, "What’s going on with Google+? Where is it headed? What the fuck is it for, anyway?" The reason we should care about the answer, he says, is "the future of digital identity should not be determined by one company (namely, Facebook)."

  • On Forbes, Tom Watson previews tomorrow's GivingTuesday, the day that thousands of nonprofits try to focus public attention on donating to help others during the height of the shopping season.

  • It's fifteen years since the Independent Media Center--a project that used the nascent connection technologies of the web to build an alternative media platform covering protests like those that disrupted the World Trade Organization's meeting in Seattle--got its start with this post noting that "with just a bit of coding and some cheap equipment, we can setup a live automated website that rivals the corporates."

  • The Economist editorializes against the European Parliament's nonbonding vote favoring the breakup of search giant Google, saying that the issue is protecting user privacy not limiting market power.

  • The UK Parliament's Science and Technology Committee says that social media services' terms and conditions are too complex for users to understand, reports David Meyer for GigaOm. Ya think?