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Digital Technology and the Two Cambodias: Have and Have Not

BY Anne Nelson | Wednesday, August 21 2013

The price of dissent (credit: Anne Nelson)

While visitors to Phnom Penh might be impressed by the glass-and-steel towers and the rapid Internet access, the truth is that most Cambodians have no access to electricity, let alone WiFi. What does this mean for the development of this emerging Southeast Asian economy? Read More

#PDF13

Personal Democracy Forum 2013, held June 6 and 7 at New York University, is organized around a central theme: "Think Bigger." We've chosen it in part to honor our late friend Aaron Swartz. In a conversation with PDM co-founder Micah Sifry, he asked, "Why not harness the power of the Internet to work on the larger-scale problems?"

Why not, indeed. So the 2013 Forum convenes practitioners, academics and close observers of the way people are applying technology to difficult issues from election reform to public health.

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BackChannel

TechPresident's BackChannel series is an ongoing conversation between practitioners and close observers at the intersection of technology and politics. Contributors are academics, political operatives, entrepreneurs, activists, and other people with ideas to bring back from their work wherever theory meets practice.

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Timeline

Technology is changing politics, government and civic life. We built this timeline to show the accelerating pace of change in the United States, in the international arena, and online. The initial research was done by Kristina Redgrave, Diane Chang, Becky Kazansky, Andrew Seo and Micah Sifry, and edited by Micah Sifry. It is a work-in-progress. To view the actual timeline, visit this page: www.techpresident.com/timeline. This topic page aggregates our ongoing updates to the timeline.

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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