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PDF14 Theme: Save the Internet | The Internet Saves

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 25 2014

It's time to announce our theme for Personal Democracy Forum 2014. Although last year it was "Think Bigger," and in 2012, it was "The Internet's New Political Power," the Snowden revelations and recent events around the world have made it hard for us to be so aspirational. To be honest, it feels like we are living in both the best of times and the worst of times. So this year's theme may at first glance appear to be a contradiction: "Save the Internet | The Internet Saves." (It works nicely as a .gif!) Read More

PDM News: Building a Home for the "Internet Public" in NYC

BY Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 20 2014

Cheryl Contee and Erie Meyer at PDF 2013 (Photo by Esty Stein)

For the last nine months, we at Personal Democracy Media have been working on an exciting new project and big idea. It's time to pull back the curtain and tell you about it. We want to build a year-round physical community center, here in New York City, that will be a home for our community and all the people and organizations that we like to say are members of the “Internet public” (per Dave Parry). That is, we want to create a place where the same dynamic and diverse community that comes to Personal Democracy Forum every year--the doers and dreamers, the political activists and the civic hacktivists, public officials, public-minded entrepreneurs, the movement makers and shakers--can work and network together around common interests and solve problems. You can read more about it in our recently submitted Knight News Challenge proposal to help strengthen the open Internet. Read More

Personal Democracy Media Seeks Research Intern; Know Anyone?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, November 19 2013

We are looking for a super-sharp research assistant, interested in exploring questions of 21st century democracy, civic innovation, tech policy, political change, and organizational design. Read More

Anne Marie Slaughter on the 'Foreign Policy Frontier'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 28 2011

Anne Marie Slaughter at Personal Democracy Forum 2011, held in June at New York University. Photo: Esty Stein / PdF Writing for The Atlantic yesterday, international affairs professor and former Director of Policy ... Read More

Announcing PdF 2010: June 3-5 in NYC; Hold the Dates!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 22 2009

Andrew Rasiej and I are excited to announce that next year's Personal Democracy Forum, our seventh, will be taking place on June 3-5 in New York City, with the main conference on June 3rd and 4th at the CUNY Graduate ... Read More

A Big PdF Welcome to Nick Judd, Our New Reporter/Researcher!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 2 2009

Today is the first day in the office for our new reporter/researcher, Nick Judd. He's going to be expanding our coverage of the nuts and bolts of tech-politics, starting with updating our consumer guide to companies that ... Read More

The Feminist Web According to Linkfluence

BY Sarah Granger | Tuesday, February 3 2009

At last year's Personal Democracy Forum conference, Linkfluence gave a remarkable visual presentation about the political web under "Presidential Watch 08." The crowd responded favorably, particularly when we could see ... Read More

PdF Welcomes Senior Editors Dave Witzel and Allison Fine

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, April 28 2008

Time for some editorial housekeeping. In our never-ending quest to cover how technology is changing politics and serve the growing community of activists, technologists, journalists, politicians, government workers, ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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