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First POST: Cheers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 24 2014


  • Bruce Schneier's expert doubts about North Korea's alleged role in the Sony hack make it into David Sanger's New York Times news analysis on "countering cyberattacks without a playbook."

  • Kim Zetter of Wired surveys a bunch of other cybersecurity experts who also continue to have doubts about North Korea having committed the Sony hack.

  • Access Now's Drew Mitnick and Amie Stepanovich offer some smart and sober policy recommendations for how to respond to the Sony hack, starting with not comparing it to an act of war and incentivizing improved digital security by companies and Internet users.

  • The FCC now admits that it lost nearly 680,000 of the more than 4 million public comments submitted in response to its "open Internet" proposal, in a blog post by Gigi Sohn, special counsel for external affairs, and David Bray, its CIO. They write, "...we think it’s important that people understand that much of the confusion stems from the fact that the Commission has an 18-year-old Electronic Comment Filing system (ECFS), which was not built to handle this unprecedented volume of comments nor initially designed to export comments via XML. This forced the Commission’s information technology team to cobble solutions together MacGyver-style."

  • Emily Parker explains why the Internet will be a force for change in Cuba, and predicts that "Cuba will likely look toward China" as a model.

  • Ken Silverstein tracks top Obama politico Jim Messina's climb to the pinnacle of DC buck-raking.

  • Here's a great wish list of civic apps that would benefit any city, put together by Kristen Meriwether of Gotham Gazette for her home town of NYC.

  • David Weinberger mulls the changing meaning of fame, as we go from the mass media age through the peer-to-peer Internet phase and now into the age of the (ugh) centralized Internet.

  • In the holiday cheer department, don't miss this story from Jaime Fuller of the Washington Post on how Cards Against Humanity came to work with the Sunlight Foundation on the former's "Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa" promotion, where 250,000 paid $15 each to receive weird presents in the mail from CAH.

  • In case you missed it: Civic Hall, our soon-to-open new community center for civic tech innovation in NYC, is now accepting membership applications.

  • And with that, we at PDM wish you a very happy holiday and a healthy New Year! We'll see you January 5th!