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First POST: Egypt

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 15 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Reacting to the massacres in Egypt; Bradley Manning apologizes; Pew Internet says the kids are all right; and much, much more. Read More

New Study Looks Under Hood of Boston's New Urban Mechanics

BY Sam Roudman | Friday, August 9 2013

Boston’s office of New Urban Mechanics is a model for other cities looking to provide more and better service with less cash. By taking advantage of mobile technologies, bridging long siloed departments, and engaging civic minded tech entrepreneurs and academics, the department, under the direction of Mayor Thomas Menino has had its hand in an array of projects in the past years, from figuring out how to repurpose 19th century fire boxes for the digital age, to testing online games to inform city planning. A list of projects doesn’t really get at what actually makes New Urban Mechanics tick but a new case study from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society just might. Read More

On Eve Of Celebration of Freedom In the U.S., Declaring New Freedoms for the Net

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 2 2012

Free Press is leading a coalition of users and advocacy groups to prevent incursions on Net freedom

A coalition of Internet freedom advocates on Monday launched a new push to preserve what they say are some of the fundamental characteristics of the Internet as we have known it over the past two decades. Read More

Why the BART Cell-Phone Shutdown Matters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 27 2011

PdF friend and conference '10 speaker Susan Crawford has a smart oped piece up on Bloomberg discussing the issues recently raised in San Francisco by Bay Area Rapid Transit's cutoff of public cell phone service during ... Read More

Using Technology to Open Government Should Be a Competition, Susan Crawford Says

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 24 2011

What open government advocates need is for governments to compete on openness, suggests Susan Crawford, the Cardozo Law School professor and former adviser to President Barack Obama, in an opinion piece published ... Read More

At E-G8, Civil Society Groups Restake Their Claim on the 'Net

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 26 2011

One way to very quickly sketch out the history of business on the Internet is like this: after some debate over whether commerce should even be allowed online, in the mid-1990s Internet stakeholders -- including those ... Read More

Jimmy Wales, Susan Crawford, and Internet Stewardship

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 7 2010

Via Twitter, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales responds to law professor, thinker, and former Obama administration official Susan Crawford's critique that I wrote about Read More

"'I Make Websites' is No Longer Sufficient"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 4 2010

Susan Crawford told the crowd assembled at PdF '10 this morning that the days of technologists ignoring the politics of the technology landscape are over. "The Jimmy Wales response [of] 'I make websites,'" said ... Read More

Obama Puts Well-Known Internet Advocate in Charge of FCC Review

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 14 2008

Is this a peek into how the how the Obama Administration plans to handle the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to town in January? The Obama-Biden transition team has just named the staunchly pro-Internet ... Read More