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Personal Democracy Forum 2013, held June 6 and 7 at New York University, is organized around a central theme: "Think Bigger." We've chosen it in part to honor our late friend Aaron Swartz. In a conversation with PDM co-founder Micah Sifry, he asked, "Why not harness the power of the Internet to work on the larger-scale problems?"

Why not, indeed. So the 2013 Forum convenes practitioners, academics and close observers of the way people are applying technology to difficult issues from election reform to public health.

Personal Democracy Forum is the world’s leading conference exploring and analyzing technology's impact on politics and government. Hundreds of individuals interested in how technology is changing politics, governance and society will gather for our special tenth year. It's been an incredible decade at the intersection of technology and politics, and yet it feels like we've only begun.

What Happens When You Collect "Metadata" On Multinationals Instead of People?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 11 2013

Chris Taggart. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Media

"In a highly connected, networked world, where the network's evolving all the time, the power comes from being able to connect the dots," OpenCorporates founder Chris Taggart told me. "And at the moment ... citizens, people, other companies even don't have the ability to connect those dots." That's where OpenCorporates comes in — a vast, freely available database of information about the world's corporate world. Read More

Notes on Curation: Looking Back on #PDF13, And Ahead

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, June 11 2013

Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Media

Did we "Think Bigger?" Yes! Beyond the many great individual talks and panels, I was struck to see several cross-cutting themes emerge over Personal Democracy Forum 2013's two days. Read More

Nancy Lublin on the Problem With Nonprofit Tech

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 7 2013

Nancy Lublin at Personal Democracy Forum 2013. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Forum

Nancy Lublin devoted her PDF talk to opening a conversation about what she sees as serious problems with the way foundations approach funding technology projects that address public policy or social services.

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Elections Officials Could Improve Voting With Better Tools, TurboVote and Reboot Find

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, June 7 2013

Kate Krontiris explains research results at PDF 2013. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Forum

Many American election officials are already trying take make their own attempts to innovate election procedures, but lack the funding and access to technological know-how to effectively implement wider-spread change, according to new research by Reboot and Turbovote. Kate Krontiris, principal at Reboot, and Kathryn Peters, co-founder of TurboVote, presented the findings Friday at the Personal Democracy Forum. Read More

What's Wrong with Silicon Valley?

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 7 2013

After working in San Francisco first for Obama for America and then as part of Code for America, Catherine Bracy shares a political technologist's view of Silicon Valley's sometimes staggering inequality. Here's her talk from Personal Democracy Forum 2013, "What Techies Need to Know About Politics:"

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#PDF13: Watch Day 2 Live

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 7 2013

Don't miss day two of Personal Democracy Forum 2013! You can check out the full agenda, list of speakers, and more here. Read More

The New York City Comptroller Built a Fiscal Transparency Website, and Now It's Open Source

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, June 6 2013

Comptroller John Liu Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Media

The source code of New York City's Checkbook NYC platform is now available for other governments to download, modify and reuse, New York City Comptroller John Liu announced during Thursday's Personal Democracy Forum. Read More

Kimberly Bryant Wants Black Girls Code To Be 'Girl Scouts of Technology'

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 6 2013

Kimberly Bryant. Photo: Esty Stein / Personal Democracy Media

Computer-related jobs are being created at such a rapid clip in the United States that its workforce can't keep up, so one woman is using that opportunity to create change in a community that she says is suffering from a disparity in education and income. Read More

PDF 2013 Main Hall Preview + New Speakers!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 10 2013

With PDF 2013 less than two months away, here's an advance look at the main hall talks, plus a whole new round of confirmed speakers. Read More

Announcing PDF 2013 Theme "Think Bigger" + New Speakers!

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 12 2013

We've chosen "Think Bigger" to be the theme of our 10th annual Personal Democracy Forum conference it in part to honor our late friend Aaron Swartz, who used that phrase it in an email he wrote to me where he asked, "Why not harness the power of the Internet to work on the larger-scale problems?" Why not, indeed.

Bigger data and more powerful technologies can also mean bigger threats to freedom and bigger misunderstandings too--we're hardly of the view that just because it's technology that must mean it's changing things for the better. But as with every PDF conference, we're aiming to focus on the people, ideas and projects that are really making a positive difference in how the world works and people live.

To that end, we are also pleased to announce the following keynote speakers...

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PDF 2013 Speakers To Include Nate Silver, Becky Bond, Sasha Issenberg, Robin Chase

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 6 2012

It's not too soon to register for Personal Democracy Forum 2013, which will be happening June 6-7 (exactly seven months from now) at New York University's Skirball and Kimmel Centers. If you act now, you'll lock in our lowest rate for tickets, and considering who we already have coming, you should have no worries that this will be our best event yet. Read More

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