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PDF14 Theme: Save the Internet | The Internet Saves

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 25 2014

It's time to announce our theme for Personal Democracy Forum 2014. Although last year it was "Think Bigger," and in 2012, it was "The Internet's New Political Power," the Snowden revelations and recent events around the world have made it hard for us to be so aspirational. To be honest, it feels like we are living in both the best of times and the worst of times. So this year's theme may at first glance appear to be a contradiction: "Save the Internet | The Internet Saves." (It works nicely as a .gif!) Read More

Open Thread

BY Editors | Monday, November 8 2004

For comments on our symposium on Election 2004... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: Featuring Heidi Sieck, of Democracy.com

BY Sonia Roubini | Thursday, May 22 2014

Heidi Sieck is the Chief Operating Officer of Democracy.com, the new social platform for politics, connecting candidates, political organizations and voters from national to local level. Heidi has a twenty-five year ... Read More

Announcing the #PDF14 Google Fellows!

BY Sonia Roubini | Wednesday, May 21 2014

We’re now able to announce the 2014 set of Google fellows for Personal Democracy Forum 2014! This year, PDF and Google teamed up to offer registration and travel fellowships to fifteen women in civic technology. We looked specifically for women who are working to keep the Internet open, researching ways that the Internet makes democracy stronger, or some exciting combination of the two. We’re very pleased that our fifteen fellows will be joining us at #PDF14. See Google's post about the fellows here. Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Andrea Chalupa, Founder of DigitalMaidan

BY Sonia Roubini | Monday, May 19 2014

Andrea Chalupa is a founder of DigitalMaidan, an online movement that made the Ukrainian protests the #1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide, She is also a journalist and the author of Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold ... Read More

Announcing the #PDF14 Tumblr Fellows!

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, May 16 2014

We at PDF are happy to announce our 2014 batch of Tumblr fellows. For the past few years, PDF has teamed up with Tumblr to offer registration fellowships to ten of the brightest and most qualified minds working to creatively tackle issues at the intersection of technology and politics. The 2014 Tumblr fellows are innovators, creators, writers, students, and all around exciting people, and we’re pleased that they’ll be joining us at #PDF14. Read More

#PDF14 Speaker Preview: An Interview with David Moore, Executive Director of the Participatory Politics Foundation.

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, May 16 2014

This speaker preview features David Moore, a ten year PDF veteran and the Executive Director of the Participatory Politics Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase civic engagement. PPF's ... Read More

Calling All Writers, Organizers, Students, and Activists: Personal Democracy Forum 2014 Wants You!

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, May 13 2014

We are now accepting volunteer applications for our 11th annual conference, an internationally recognized tech/politics event that convenes the best and brightest in their fields. Every element of the conference, from ... Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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