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First POST: Je Suis Charlie

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 7 2015

Je Suis Charlie

  • JeSuisCharlie.

  •'s coverage of the massacre.

  • Former Florida governor Jeb Bush launched his 2016 presidential exploratory leadership PAC yesterday, posting videos speaking in English and Spanish while walking down a New York street, and raising more than $100,000 online in just the first few hours, Darren Samuelsohn and Tarini Parti report for Politico.

  • Don't miss your chance to go "behind the scenes" with the House Republicans on Capitol Hill via their new Instagram page. No word on whether this will include making their actual legislative work more transparent. (h/t @NewtGingrich)

  • Women make up only one-quarter of commenters on New York Times web pages, researcher Emma Pierson reports in a guest post on Nicholas Kristof's blog page, though their comments tend to get more recommendations from other readers. Pierson also notes that women face 25 times as many harassing messages in chat rooms.

  • The Guardian Project, which makes trustable secure mobile apps and code, says that in 2015 security should become boring--like other safety inventions (seat belts, baby gates and child-proof lids).

  • Going from outsider to insider, Gigi Sohn's influence on the FCC's Internet policies is plumbed by Julian Hattem of The Hill.

  • Progressive operative and writer Matt Stoller is going to work as a senior policy adviser on financial services, trade and economic issues for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, reports Alex Seitz-Wald for

  • Here are Lyft's answers to Senator Al Franken's questions about the ride-sharing companies personal privacy practices.

  • Vice's Nathan Schneider explores why some libertarian techies are taking up calls for a guaranteed basic income.

  • Here's a nifty infographic showing the impact of Poderpedia, the conflict-of-interest tracking website, in Chile, Venezuela and Colombia since its initial launch in 2012.

  • The 2015 Freedom to Connect conference will be this March 2-3 at Civic Hall; confirmed speakers include William Binney, Susan Crawford and Tom Drake. More details and early bird tickets here.