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First POST: Outings

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 2 2015


  • In Slate, Reihan Salam argues that the "Snowdenites"--a group that he says is made up of disproportionately younger, male libertarian technophiles--now have the "upper hand" in the politics of surveillance. Among the points he makes: the NSA is having a harder time recruiting young techies and big tech companies are pushing back forcefully against their former allies in government. Time will tell if he's right.

  • On Greenpeace's Mobilization Lab, Michael Khoo of Spitfire Strategies, which helped coordinate the net neutrality coalition, offers ten lessons from "the underdogs' victory."

  • The latest cover of Der Spiegel, featuring Apple's Tim Cook, Uber's Travis Kalanick, Google's Sergey Brin (in ominous Google Glasses), Yahoo's Marissa Mayer and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, ticked off CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, who calls it the "most amazing specimen of Europtechnopanic I have ever seen."

  • Dissident Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, already sentenced to 1000 lashes for criticizing Islam on his blog, now may face the death penalty for apostasy, reports Chris Green for The Independent.

  • ISIS is threatening the life of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and other company employees, reports David Mack for BuzzFeed.

  • At The Daily Dot, Patrick Howell O'Neill explains that these threats are stemming from ISIS' anger at efforts to stymie its online social media campaigning.

  •'s founding director Tom Steinberg has announced that he is planning to step down after eleven years of service to civic hacking and democracy. Godspeed Tom!

  • Longtime blogger Ana Marie Cox writes in the Daily Beats about "coming out as a Christian."

  • Happening today and tomorrow at Civic Hall: Freedom to Connect 2015. Follow along at #F2C15; you can pay F2C $25 to watch the live stream.