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First POST: Secret Sharers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 27 2014

Jimmy Carter on Edward Snowden; Airbnb partners with Portland as a "shared city"; open data engagement strategies from around the world; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Intellectuals

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 12 2013

Why you should get off Facebook; where the women tech intellectuals are at; the PCCC gets poked and prodded; NYC's police crime data policy gets stopped and frisked; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Yum, Cookies!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 11 2013

Now the NSA rides along with Google's special "cookie" to monitor users; Joe Biden to take questions by Skype today; the rightwing blogosphere is getting rolled up by Salem Communications; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Twitterization

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 3 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The download on Peter Hamby's must-read report on Twitter's impact on 2012 campaign coverage; Jeff Bezos gives some clues to his plans for the Washington Post; Ethan Zuckerman thinks citizen science could help reduce NIMBYism; and much, much more. Read More

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French Authorities Want to Tap (and Tax) Skype Calls

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, May 23 2013

Paris, France ( Wikipedia)

In spite of repeated requests from the French telecommunications authorities ARCEP, Skype has refused to classify itself as an electronic communications operator in France, which would require them to route emergency calls and allow the French police to intercept conversations. ARCEP has informed the Paris public prosecutor of Skype's refusal, and criminal charges might be brought against the company for failing to comply. This is yet another instance in recent months of France making things difficult for tech companies. Some worry that the overzealous government is discouraging technological progress in France, hindering business and economic growth.

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Privacy Advocates Put Microsoft's Transparency Report In Context

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 25 2013

Microsoft's publication of its first law enforcement transparency report last Thursday met with praise from privacy advocates, who hope that this will spur others to do the same. However, some of them warned that the numbers have to be viewed in broader context. Read More

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Chinese Social Media App Poses a Threat to Activists and Authorities Alike

BY Julia Wetherell | Thursday, December 13 2012

The most popular new social media app in China is raising suspicions over its geolocational abilities. WeChat, a phone app that combines the functions of Skype, Twitter, and Facebook with the power to locate nearby users, has ousted traditional texting as a contact method for many young people in China. But as the Guardian reported last week, a technology that tracks its users’ movements can be dangerous: Read More

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Reporting from Uzbekistan With a Lens Hidden in Plain Sight

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, November 26 2012

A BBC journalist who recorded interviews with her iPhone and Skype in order to circumvent official restrictions on the media discovered that these tools were so effective in producing broadcast quality content that she no longer needed the bulky conventional equipment, reports Journalism.co.uk. Read More

Mayor Bloomberg On the Merits Of, Er, Skype

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, April 3 2012

"Today, Snipe is something that lots of seniors all around the country use, not just here in New York," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, referring to Skype, according to Capital New York. "Who would have thought that people have mobile phones that are intelligent, people have tablets, people have desktop computers at home and they actually are using them." Bloomberg was also asked about an internal city report that The New York Post says has found an effort to overhaul the city's emergency-dispatch system is overbudget and that the system is underperforming. Read More

House Republican Leadership Okays Skype On House Network [CORRECTED]

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 28 2011

The U.S. Capitol Building. Photo: Wikimedia The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has approved the use of Skype and ooVoo on the House network, Committee on House Administration chairman Daniel ... Read More