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First POST: Some Comments

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, July 16 2014

Some Comments

  • What we probably should just start calling "The Internet privacy coalition"--a network including Access, the ACLU, American Library Association, Credo, Duck Duck Go, EFF, Fight for the Future, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Free Press Action Fund, the Libertarian Party, Open Technology Institute, PEN American Center, Reddit, Silent Circle, Sunlight Foundation and TechFreedom--co-signed a letter to President Obama urging that he speak out against CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act), which is heading to the Senate floor. The letter is also signed by digital security experts Jacob Applebaum, Matt Blaze, Matthew Green, Morgan Marquis-Boire and Eleanor Saitta.

  • More than 100,000 additional comments on net neutrality streamed into the FCC today, reports Steve Lohr for the Times, making a total of about 780,000, "far more than for any previous rule-making proceeding" before the agency. The deadline for comments has been extended until this Friday.

  • Asked yesterday whether there was a second source leaking NSA documents, the Washington Post's Barton Gellman replied, "There have been stories published in Germany that are not attributed to Snowden, and that do not have the byline of any journalist who received documents from Snowden. I suspect they come from a different source, but I have no hard information to confirm that."

  • Using the hashtag #IsraelUnderFire, young Israelis are trying to rally support for their country's attacks on Gaza, Robert Mackey reports for the New York Times. The pro-Palestinian hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used far more often, he notes.

  • Just in time for this week's Netroots Nation convention in Detroit, Ready for Warren is launching with a website, with Erica Sagrans as its campaign manager, reports Amanda Terkel and Ryan Grim for the Huffington Post.

  • Haley Van Dyck, one of the OMB's top e-government policy analysts and an unsung hero of the Beltway transparency crowd, is leaving her post at the end of August, Jason Miller reports for Federal News Radio. As he notes, "While at OMB, Van Dyck ran the innovation portfolio, working on everything from the Digital Government Strategy to the President Innovation Fellows program to open data and other governmentwide innovation programs, such as 18F at the General Services Administration."

  • Former White House spokesman Jay Carney is being considered for top communications jobs at Uber and Apple, reports Re/Code's Kara Swisher.

  • Speaking of Swisher, read this long and fascinating profile, by Benjamin Wallace in New York magazine, where he calls her "the Valley’s Walter Lippmann, [occupying] a nexus of journalist, counselor, and kingmaker."

  • New research shows that repeated personal contacts can turn reluctant voters into habitual voters, while messages appealing to ethnic identifiers are little more effective than generic appeals to civic duty, reports political scientist Melissa Michelson in the Washington Post's Monkeycage blog.

  • Google Plus has finally relented and decided to allow people to use nicknames or pseudonyms on the service. Alex Bayley imagines what might of been, and laments the harm done to marginal groups and threatened individuals who had their privacy damaged.

  • Civil liberties advocates in New York City are suing for the right to record police officers in public.