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First POST: Open Letters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 9 2013

(Most) big tech companies come out swinging against the NSA's bulk surveillance programs; Change.org hits the 50 million-user mark; an analysis of Facebook profiles and search data suggests that millions of American men, especially in the south, are still in the closet; and much, much more. Read More

Liberal Not Progressive

BY Editors | Saturday, February 28 2009

Promoted from the user diaries--Micah Hello, my name is Prokofy Neva. That's the name of my Second Life avatar, my avatar's name on some other social media services and virtual worlds, and a kind of "pen name" like O. ... Read More

Daily Digest: We'll Do It Live!

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, May 21 2008

A new Republican group swears web domination is all about the right tools; the presidential race is the best example of the impact of blogging on politics, says Technorati; Jose Antonio Vargas gets introspective about ... Read More

Daily Digest: Non-Conservatives Board the McCain Train

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, May 16 2008

Obama's message to wealthy donors nets a new casualty; a study says most Americans aren't watching online political videos; a nasty, dirty Second Life build; John McCain reaches out to non-conservatives on blogger ... Read More

Daily Digest: Huckabee Is An Ewok?

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, January 22 2008

Jeff Jarvis rounds up the many, many ways to chop, splice, and parse online data about the elections; General JC Christian produces a Second Life parody site devoted to Mike Huckabee; Al Qaeda asks its members to submit ... Read More

Daily Digest: Remember the 5th of November: Paul's Haul

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, November 6 2007

Ron Paul raises $4.3 million online, breaks records, and a collective "wha?" is heard across the land; a Congressman bans all incoming links from Blogspot domains and gets predictably ridiculed; Stephen Colbert drops out ... Read More

Daily Digest: 10/4/07

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, October 4 2007

OffTheBus launches a new wiki tracking presidential campaign staffers; looking at potential FEC violations in candidates' Second Life presences; listing the top-ten anti-Hillary sites, which are collectively raising a ... Read More

Daily Digest: 10/1/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, October 1 2007

A new video investigates Rudy Giuliani's "scheduling conflicts" on the day of an African American-themed debate; a video shows that Mitt Romney has invested a tidy sum of money in Iran, despite very public calls for ... Read More

Newt Gingrich Does Second Life

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 28 2007

The way things stand today, doing politics in Second Life is a lot like having sex in a car. Just when things hit a groove, something falls out of whack. Still, when all is said and done, you're glad you did it. Read More

Daily Digest: 7/10/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, July 10 2007

The Web on the Candidates More details have emerged about a MySpace-based reality show in development called "Independent." Developed with cooperation from Mark Burnett, whose resume includes "Survivor" and "The ... Read More

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Germany Releases Open Data Action Plan Amidst Grassroots Enthusiasm and Pirate Party Turmoil

The German government on Wednesday unveiled its open data action plan to implement the open data charter established by the G8, now G7, countries. But while German open government advocates welcomed its release, for them it does not go far enough. Even as the open data movement is taking new hold in Germany on the local level with encouragement from the new Code for Germany effort, in the national Pirate Party, the supposed German net party, internal leadership disputes are overshadowing its digital agenda. GO

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First POST: Scotched

Why conservatives should back net neutrality; how big data may damage civil rights; the ways Silicon Valley start-ups are exploiting freelance workers; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Resets

Apple's new iOS8 promises greater user privacy; Occupy Wall Street three years later; how tech may tilt the Scotland independence vote; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Connecting the Dots

Take Back the Tech grades Facebook, Twitter, et al, on transparency; MayDay PAC founder Lawrence Lessig talks about getting matched funds; and much, much more. GO

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First POST: Splits

USA Freedom Act divides Internet activists; Julian Assange's Reddit "Ask Me Anything"; New York's pro-net-neutrality protest; and much, much more GO

monday >

After Election Loss, Teachout and Wu Keep Up Net Neutrality and Anti-Comcast Merger Campaign

The Teachout/Wu campaign may have lost, but their pro net-neutrality campaign continued Monday as both former candidates participated in a rallly in New York City marking the final day to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's Internet proposals and kept up their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo. GO

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