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Split by SouthWest: My SXSW 2012 Diary

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 15 2012

danah boyd and Alex Howard at SXSW 2012 (Photo by Micah L. Sifry)

PDM editorial director Micah L. Sifry spent last Friday through Monday at South by SouthWest Interactive, attending panels, keynotes and hanging out. Here's his report: SXSW is still a place where sessions packed with thousands of attendees cheer for the iconoclasts and the game-changers. It is also much more of a business networking conference than an internet futurists' playpen. In short, it has a split personality. Read More

P.J. Crowley Knew What He Was Doing

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

That's the takeaway from a new profile piece by Ben Smith that highlights Crowley's blunt way of engaging in public dialogue, a trait that ultimately led to his resignation of White House spokesperson: At the State ... Read More

Tweeting Without the Title

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 6 2011

P.J. Crowley -- whom you might remember from his tenure as the spokesperson for the U.S. State Department that ended with his resignation after he called the Defense Department's treatment of alleged Wikileaks leaker ... Read More

Citizen Crowley Tweets

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Answering the question of what happens to a U.S. State Department spokesperson's Twitter account when the spokesperson is no longer a spokesperson, P.J. Crowley posts a note: "I am humbled by the support and ... Read More

In a World Where P.J. Crowley Gets the Boot...

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Over on HuffPo, our Micah Sifry argues that the resignation of the State Department spokesperson should make anyone who works in the government social media space wonder why they bother. Read More

Philippa Thomas, P.J. Crowley, and the Power of the Blog

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 14 2011

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Quote of the Day: An Era With No Secrets

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 11 2011

There are leaks everywhere in Washington – it’s a town that can’t keep a secret. But the scale is different. It was a colossal failure by the DoD to allow this mass of documents to be transported outside the ... Read More

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With Vision of Internet Magna Carta, Web We Want Campaign Aims To Go Beyond Protest Mode

On Saturday, Tim Berners-Lee reiterated his call for an Internet Magna Carta to ensure the independence and openness of the World Wide Web and protection of user privacy. His remarks were part of the opening of the Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, which the Web We Want campaign envisioned as only the start of a year long international process underlying his call to formulate concrete visions for the open web of the future, going beyond protests and the usual advocacy groups. GO

First POST: Lifestyles

Google's CEO on "work-life balance"; how CloudFlare just doubled the size of the encrypted web; Dems like Twitter; Reps like Pinterest; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Showdown

How demonstrators in Hong Kong are using mobile tech to route around government control; will the news penetrate mainland China?; dueling spin from Dems and Reps on which party's tech efforts will matter more in November; and much, much more. GO

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Pirate MEP Crowdsources Internet Policy Questions For Designated EU Commissioners

While the Pirate Party within Germany was facing internal disputes over the last week, the German Pirate Party member in the European Parliament, Julia Reda, is seeking to make the European Commission appointment process more transparent by crowdsourcing questions for the designated Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society and the designated Vice President for the Digital Single Market. GO

First POST: Dogfood

What ethical social networking might look like; can the iPhone promise more privacy?; how Obama did on transparency; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Sucks

How the FCC can't communicate; tech is getting more political; Facebook might see a lawsuit for its mood manipulation experiment; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Wartime

A bizarre online marketing effort targets actress Emma Watson; why the news media needs to defend the privacy of its online readers; Chicago's playbook for civic user testing; and much, much more. GO

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