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#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Shauna Dillavou of CommunityRED

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, May 13 2014

This #PDF14 speaker preview features Shauna Dillavou. Shauna is the executive director and cofounder of CommunityRED, an organization whose mission is to improve the digital security of journalists and activists in ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: Featuring Kimberly Ellis, aka Dr. Goddess

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, May 6 2014

This week’s #PDF14 speaker preview features Kimberly Ellis, also known by “Dr. Goddess” (@DrGoddess). Kimberly is a Scholar of American and Africana Studies, an Artist, Activist, Entrepreneur, and social media ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Artist and Technologist Adam Harvey

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, May 2 2014

Our latest #PDF14 speaker preview features Adam Harvey, an artist, technologist, and designer focused on countersurveillance and privacy issues. Adam also runs the The Privacy Gift Shop, an online marketplace for ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: Featuring Charlie DeTar, Web Developer and Activist

BY Sonia Roubini | Monday, April 28 2014

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Charlie Detar is a web developer and activist who is currently working on tools for democratic engagement. Previously, he’s worked on InterTwinkles, a collection of tools to support consensus-based group decision ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Marci Harris of POPVOX

BY Sonia Roubini | Thursday, April 24 2014

This week’s #PDF14 speaker preview features Marci Harris, the co-founder and CEO of POPVOX - the award-winning online advocacy platform that meshes real-time legislative data with users’ personal stories and ... Read More

Announcing the 2014 Google Personal Democracy Fellowship

BY Sonia Roubini | Monday, April 21 2014

Google and Personal Democracy Media are teaming up to offer registration and travel fellowships for women working in civic technology to the 11th annual Personal Democracy Forum, June 5-6, 2014 at NYU’s Skirball ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Jillian York

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, April 18 2014

Our next speaker preview features Jillian York, the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. Jillian’s work is at the intersection of technology and ... Read More

#PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Ethan Roeder

BY Sonia Roubini | Monday, April 14 2014

This #PDF14 speaker preview features Ethan Roeder, the Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute. Ethan joins PDF with over ten years of experience in political organizing and data, ranging from electoral and ... Read More

#PDF14: An Interview with Tom Tresser

BY Sonia Roubini | Thursday, April 10 2014

The next in our series of #PDF14 speaker previews is Tom Tresser. Tom is an educator, organizer, creativity champion, public defender and fighter of privatization who has been working on civic engagement and grassroots ... Read More

#PDF14: An Interview with Anthea Watson

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, April 8 2014

The next in our series of #PDF14 speaker previews is Anthea Watson. Anthea is part of Google's Civic Innovation team, building products that facilitate civic engagement, open societies and free expression across digital ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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