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First POST: Agility

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 25 2013

How two Democratic tech gurus would fix HealthCare.gov; how the NSA scandal is threatening US-Europe relations; how a Syrian Kurd living in exile built a mobile tool that alerts subscribers in Syria when a government-fired Scud missile is headed their way; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Kinks

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 22 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:: The HealthCare.gov website mess is getting uglier; StopWatching.us comes under criticism from the liberal-left; Bloomberg's tech legacy for his successor; and much, much more. Read More

Backstage at #PDF12: An Xiao Mina on Politics and the Chinese Language

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 13 2012

By now you may have seen artist and designer An Xiao Mina's Personal Democracy Forum 2012 talk, "Internet Street Art and Social Change in China," in which she talks about how street art, Internet memes and political satire collide online in China.

In her talk, she touched on how the Chinese language's abundance of homonyms and visual metaphor is fuel for political commentary that can find its way around censorship and surveillance.

Backstage at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, I asked her to go into more detail about how much Internet culture in China owes to a long history of cultural criticism. Our short conversation is after the jump.

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On Humor and Being 'Harmonized:' Read This NYTimes Piece on Censorship in China

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 31 2011

Discovered late, this New York Times Magazine article on the tension between Internet humor and censors in China is well worth a read: To slip past censors, Chinese bloggers have become masters of comic subterfuge, ... Read More

"Side effects may include 'a mountain of government debt'"

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 22 2011

A video spot on the national debt released July 20 by Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee has gone viral, with over 250,000 hits in two days. (Via Project Virginia) Set up as a parody of a ... Read More

The Dems Are Killing It When It Comes to Political Satire Websites

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 25 2011

Exciting Things About Tim Pawlenty by Matt Ortega. Read More

Old People of NY-26, Heed JaneCorwin.org's Call and Vote!

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 25 2011

A post on JaneCorwin.org encourages people to vote today in yesterday's special election. "Jane Corwin" is encouraging everyone to come out and vote today! Head on over to JaneCorwin.org to check out her note, ... Read More

The State of Digital Political Satire

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

Politico's Byron Tau reports on how online shenanigans -- like snatching up ExploreNewt2012.com, and pointing it to, say, Buddy Roemer's exploratory site, or that fake Jane Corwin campaign site -- are shaping up for ... Read More

Judge Throws Out Koch Satirical Site Case

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 10 2011

Ben Smith points us to the news that a federal judge has thrown out a case involving a satirical website hosted by Bluehost, a site that -- at Koch-Inc.com -- told the world for a few hours that Koch Industries was ... Read More

US Uncut Gets AP to Run Story on GE's Supposed $3.2B Gift to America

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 13 2011

US Uncut, the burgeoning "grassroots movement taking direct action against corporate tax cheats and unnecessary and unfair public service cuts" has pulled off a real doozy. Rather incredibly, the AP and ... Read More