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BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, September 12 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Mark Zuckerberg and Marissa Mayer offer their responses to the NSA revelations; the "tech intellectuals" get their academic review; educational technology moves in on public schools; and much, much more. Read More

Worth Watching: Pariser, Vaidhyanathan, Morozov and Weisberg On Whether the Internet is Closing Our Minds

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 18 2012

They say that anyone who knows what's good for him will avoid arguing on the Internet.

But what of arguing about the Internet?

That's what four net-centric thinkers — MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, "Googlization of Everything" author Siva Vaidhyanathan, Slate's Jacob Weisberg and "Net Delusion" author Evgeny Morozov — did Tuesday at an Oxford-style debate organized by Intelligence Squared U.S. and held here in New York. At issue: "When it Comes to Politics, The Internet is Closing Our Minds.”

Pariser — author of "The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You" — and Vaidhyanathan argued in favor and won by moving 25 percent of attendees over to their position.

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On Thursday, Learn About "The Googlization of Everything and Why It Matters"

BY TechPresident Staff | Tuesday, February 14 2012

This Thursday, editorial director Micah Sifry will dig in with Siva Vaidhyanathan, discussing his recent book, "The Googlization of Everything and Why It Matters," on a conference call that is free and open to attend. Some things have changed since the book first came out, including Facebook's continuing rise, Google's stumbles, and the battle over SOPA/PIPA, which shocked Washington and suggests new possibilities for carving out real protections for a free and open Internet. We'll talk about these issues, and explore the themes of Vaidhyanathan's ongoing work, which is all focused on how tech can foster a more democratic culture.

For more information or to register, click here.

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PdF '11 Recap: What the People of the Internet Can Demand

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 6 2011

danah boyd; photo credit: Esty Stein We're at PdF '11, in New York City, which you can watch via livestream here. But what follows are some quickly sketched notes on this morning's opening session with Susan Morgan, ... 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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