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First POST: Complications

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 19 2015

Obama administration sets record for censoring or denying access to files requested under FOIA; hype over Meerkat; French gov't starts to block websites that promote or advocate terrorism; the theme for Personal Democracy Forum 2015; and much, much more. Read More

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Capture the Ocean: Paving the Way for a "Lean Data" Future

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, March 28 2014

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“One of the things I would say to a large company,” began one comment from Edward Snowden at SXSW earlier this month, “is not that you can’t collect any data; it is that you should only collect the data and hold it for as long as necessary for the operation of the business.” A new research project called Capture the Ocean hopes to make business models like the one described by Snowden possible by identifying, explaining and comparing global laws regulating data collection, use and retention.

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First POST: The Senator Protests

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 12 2014

Why the blow-up between Senator Dianne Feinstein and the CIA threatens the decades-old deal between the national security state and Congress; President Obama goes on "Funny or Die;" the rising power of Black Twitter; and much, much more. Read More

What Would You Ask Glenn Greenwald?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, February 24 2014

Glenn Greenwald, 30th Chaos Communications Congress, Hamburg 2013 (Photo by Tobias Klenze)

On March 10, I'm going to be talking with noted author and journalist Glenn Greenwald at South by Southwest, in a main hall session co-organized by Personal Democracy Media. We're going to focus on the future of journalism, civil liberties and politics. The idea for this session is that it be a conversation, not a speech or a typical one-on-one interview, and in setting it up we decided that it would be great to try to include lots of questions from the public. To that end, Glenn and I are asking that folks go to his page on AskThem, the new open-source nonprofit platform for crowd-sourcing questions to politicians and public figures, to post and vote up the questions you would like us to discuss. As long as questions are civil and relevant, I promise to ask the ones that get the most votes there. Read More

First POST: The Bloggers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 18 2013

Edward Snowden's justification for his actions: no "government in the dark": tech insiders on the HealthCare.gov meltdown; more on why Pierre Omidyar's new venture could shake up online journalism; and much, much more. Read More

TechPresident's Guide To Politics And Tech at SXSW

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, March 8 2013

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This year's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas features several panels on government, civic engagement and activism. Like last year, we've compiled a list of events that would be worth our readers' time. Keep this up on your smartphone as you navigate around Austin! Read More

2013 SXSW Accelerator is Calling All Startups

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 18 2012

Are you building a tech product or service that helps people connect to each other in new ways? Are you building a new app or tool for making and sharing news? Or maybe you've got a new mobile invention, or an innovative web technology? If so, you should think about applying for the SXSW Accelerator, which is taking place next March 11-12 during the annual SXSW Interactive Festival. (I'm pitching in this year as an advisor to the news technologies track.) Read More

Split by SouthWest: My SXSW 2012 Diary

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 15 2012

danah boyd and Alex Howard at SXSW 2012 (Photo by Micah L. Sifry)

PDM editorial director Micah L. Sifry spent last Friday through Monday at South by SouthWest Interactive, attending panels, keynotes and hanging out. Here's his report: SXSW is still a place where sessions packed with thousands of attendees cheer for the iconoclasts and the game-changers. It is also much more of a business networking conference than an internet futurists' playpen. In short, it has a split personality. Read More

Yes They Can: What Voters Have Lost and Campaigns Have Gained From 2008 to 2012

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 13 2012

The Short-Form Birth Certificate Obama 2012 Coffee Mug (from his Facebook Timeline)

Is the Internet empowering voters as much as it did in 2004 and 2008? Or have campaigns regained the upper hand, with their sophisticated use of data-mining? That was the question we debated Sunday afternoon in Austin, at the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference. Read More

Sean Parker: New Technology Can Diminish The Dominance Of Money In Politics

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 13 2012

Sean Parker's string of investments in the political technology space in recent years are rooted in the belief that lowering the cost of electioneering is the key to diminishing the corrupting influence of money in ... Read More