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Fake David Koch, #PDF12 and the New Gullibility

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 14 2012

Buffalo-based writer Ian Murphy's add-on to the post-PDF conversation is a saucy blind item or two — which "Democratic apparatchik" was peeking "artlessly" at a female speaker's chest during a pre-conference cocktail? — and a poke at what he called the "'internet is good, and aren't we all so important'" feel that crept into the conference at times. Eventually, this evolves into a cogent critique of the Internet's role in a healthy democracy as it was presented at the conference. Read More

#PDF12: The Radical Power of the Internet Public

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, June 13 2012

Chris Soghoian at Personal Democracy Forum 2012. Photo: Esty Stein / PDM

Tuesday morning at PDF12, there were five quick keynote talks in a row that could serve as a 50-minute primer on the radical power of the Internet public to change the world, why it's so important to nurture that public, where some of the threats to the Internet are coming from, and how people are routing around them to build a future "intranet" that might well stand free from governmental and corporate control. They were, in order, from Chris Soghoian, Dave Parry, Peter Fein, Sascha Meinrath and Deanna Zandt. You can watch them in order below. Read More

#PDF12: Notes on Curation

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, June 9 2012

Last year I wrote a long post describing the curation of PDF11, and with PDF12--our ninth annual event in New York--starting Monday, it's time for an update. A few things about the curation of PDF12 are different this year, though to a large degree we're sticking with the model we've been using. Read More

PDF12: Full Schedule Posted

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 4 2012

We're pleased to announce that the full schedule for PDF12, is now online. In addition to 46 amazing keynoters, we're offering a diverse set of twenty-two breakout sessions over the course of the two-day gathering this June 11-12. The breakouts are grouped into five main topic areas,and scheduled so you can choose to attend a complete track of four (or pick and choose as you like). Read More

Welcome Chris Wong, PdF 2012's New Curator

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 17 2012

We're pleased to announce that Chris Wong is joining Personal Democracy Media to curate this June's ninth annual Personal Democracy Forum. He comes to us with a wide range of experience in the world of open knowledge, free culture and creative new approaches to civic collaboration. In 2010, Chris founded Innovate / Activate, an event series that focuses on developing practical solutions for improving global welfare through the thoughtful consideration of intellectual property. Beginning in 2011, Chris has also served as the co-director of the Open Video Conference, an annual summit of leaders from the fields of technology, policy, business, and academia coming together to explore the future of video and the open web. Read More

Wanted: PdF 2012 Conference Curator

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 30 2011

The word "curator" comes from the Latin root "cura," which means "to care" or "to care for." Its classical usage is to describe someone who puts together a collection for a museum or exhibit, but more recently, it has ... Read More