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First POST: Oversharing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 11 2015


  • Tuesday saw the "mass exodus" of senior staff and employees from the New Organizing Institute, reports Evan McMorris-Santoro for BuzzFeed, apparently due to conflict with executive director Ethan Roeder, Barack Obama's former campaign data guy. NOI's board of directors refused to fire Roeder at the staff's request, prompting mass resignation.

  • In a post explaining her decision, software developer Shannon Turner wrote, "the NOI I left today is not the NOI I joined."

  • Ethan Czahor, the CTO of John Ellis Bush's (that's "Jeb" to the plebes) new political action committee "Right to Rise" resigned yesterday after reporters like Igor Bobic of the Huffington Post discovered he had started deleting past tweets of his that were sexist and homophobic.

  • Speaking of John Ellis Bush (Jeb), T.C. Sottek reports for The Verge on how the former Florida governor dumped personally identifiable information of many of his state's residents online--including home addresses and social security numbers--when he made his gubernatorial emails public.

  • It didn't take long for, a tool released yesterday built by independent software developer Murray Cox by scraping all of the company's public data for New York City users, to be embraced and promoted by the ShareBetter coalition, which is made up of tenant groups, advocates for affordable housing, and many local elected officials. According to ShareBetter's analysis of Airbnb's data, the company's core claim--that its primary users are renting their spare rooms or apartments for just a few days to make extra money, are belied by the facts. For example, nearly 16,000 entire apartments are available for rent an average of 247 days a year.

  • The Guardian US has hired Chelsea Manning to be "a contributing opinion writer, writing on war, gender, freedom of information," its editor Katherine Viner announced.

  • At Wired, Clive Thompson test-drives Trailblazer, an experimental tool that lets you create and share maps of your online browsing history.

  • The Guardian's Alex Hern reports that London will have some of the worst broadband access in the UK once government improvements in under-served areas go into effect in 2017, because of rules preventing them from competing in "inner-city locations ostensibly well-served by commercial provision."

  • GeekWire's Taylor Soper covers a Seattle hackathon focused on affordable and accessible housing solutions.

(With Jessica McKenzie)