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David Segal
David Segal was a Democratic Rhode Island State Representative until January 2011, and previously served on the Providence City Council as a member of the Green Party. He was dubbed "the hippest guy in state government" and "the at-large representative for every miscreant in Rhode Island". His opinions pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and other newspapers, and in a variety of online publications.

He garnered broad support from organized labor and the netroots for his 2010 Congressional campaign, for the seat vacated by Patrick Kennedy. He since co-founded Demand Progress, a million-member civil liberties and civil rights organizing outfit, where he serves as executive director.

He is a regular contributor to the blogs Rhode Island's Future and the Providence Daily Dose. More info on his political work may be found at his website.

Entries by David Segal

Will President Obama Leave a Failed Legacy on Secret Money in Politics?

(45) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:42 PM

President Barack Obama has said he ran for office because he believed "so strongly that the voices of ordinary Americans were being drowned out by the clamor of a privileged few in Washington."

Obama's popularity among the Democratic base in '08 and '12 was due in large part to his...

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What the Mainstream Media Doesn't Understand About the Road to a Society without Mass Surveillance

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Beginning June 5, 2013, based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the world began learning about US and British mass surveillance programs. These programs target not just potential security threats, but average people around the world suspected of no wrong-doing. Such warrantless, suspicion-less surveillance is a threat to...

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Organized Labor Can Protect Workers by Supporting 'Aaron's Law'

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Right now, a battle is underway to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a statute that can transform innocuous workplace behavior into a federal crime, simply because a computer is involved. The CFAA is a bludgeon that Big Business and the Department of Justice have willingly used...

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Defend Your Right to Resell Your Stuff Before Big Business Takes It Away

(62) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 11:35 AM

One million member internet activism group Demand Progress is gearing up for a day of activism on Monday in concert with the Supreme Court's hearing of the Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons case.

This vastly under-reported case has tremendous implications for millions of Americans and could undermine our ability...

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CISPA Is the New SOPA: Help Kill It This Week

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 12:00 PM

CISPA is the new SOPA. Today marks the opening of a week of action in opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States. It's up for a vote later this month.

CISPA demolishes existing...

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Filibuster Censorship: Senator Ron Wyden to Read Censorship Opponents' Names From Senate Floor

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 2:18 PM

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is going to be reading names of censorship opponents from the floor of the Senate during his expected filibuster of the PROTECT IP Act. You can ask to have your name read -- and ask your senators to vote no -- by visiting

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The End of Twitter and Youtube

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 3:22 AM

A bit of an emergency: The rumor all over Capitol Hill is that the House version of the Internet Blacklist Bill (PROTECT IP Act) will be introduced this week -- probably tomorrow -- by congress members Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Lamar Smith (R-TX) and others.

Our allies...

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Strange Bedfellows: Tea Party Group Slams PROTECT IP Act (the Internet Blacklist Bill)

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 5:00 PM

Three decades ago home taping was "killing music". Technology has advanced, but the entertainment industry is still in the Dark Ages: Under the guise of protecting "innovation" these Luddites are urging Congress to undermine the greatest engine of invention humanity has ever known: the Internet.

Demand Progress...

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Report from the Conference on the Constitutional Convention

(345) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 12:25 PM

The Tea Party Patriots came to Harvard and it was, well.... a little bit boring.

We've been taught to believe not only that Americans can't achieve consensus around key issues, but that we can't even tolerate each other enough to carry on a meaningful debate....

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Left and Right Team Up to Fight Domain Seizures and COICA

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 4:13 AM

For all the energy it puts into obsessing over its bipartisanship fetish, the mainstream media seems to rarely notice that most righteous form of the phenomenon: Bipartisanship without compromise. Honest to God left-right solidarity on issues like war, bailouts, and censorship. In a show of such unity, Demand...

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Could the Government Really Shut Down Facebook? New Video Explains Threats to Internet Freedom

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 4:33 PM

The government could shut down Facebook, and business interests want to stop copyright violations by capping how much Internet you get to use. Those are some of the takeaways from last week's hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet.

The business lobby,...

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Newly Obtained Homeland Security Documents Reveal Radical Shift In Internet Policy

(24) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 1:19 PM

Until a few weeks ago, Brian McCarthy ran a website,, that linked to various sites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports networks. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized his domain name in late January. All

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Fight America's Internet 'Kill Switch'

(30) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 10:12 AM

Governments across the globe recognize that the Internet is increasingly the life-blood of democracy -- that's why Egypt's regime has scrambled to shut down online communications in the face of vast pro-democracy protests.

But with tragically ironic timing -- or just a lot of guts -- American politicians have just...

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Who Knew? PATRIOT Act up for Renewal This Month

(269) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 4:51 PM

Did you hear that the PATRIOT Act is up for re-authorization? No? Well, perhaps the US intelligence services can still keep a secret.

President George W. Bush signed the PATRIOT Act into law on October 26, 2001. Nearly a decade later, some of its the most noxious provisions have burrowed...

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They Should Leave in Droves: Help Undermine the US Chamber of Commerce

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 10:19 AM

The right-wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce is living a lie: It does the bidding of big business's baddest boys, but maintains its standing by exploiting the good names of local chambers of commerce and myriad ma and pa shops on Main Streets across America.

You've heard about the gobs of...

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The Next Big Leak

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 10:39 AM

As the Pentagon and Department of Justice scurry across the web chasing after WikiLeaks, corporate America is working to silence the whistles of potential informants in its own ranks -- undoubtedly with the Bank of America data dump on its mind.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has...

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The Secret Plot to Censor the Internet -- And How You Can Stop It

(18) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 10:45 AM

The Internet blacklist bill that we've been fighting since September is back.

We're defending the Internet against a multi-pronged attack by the big business lobby. The entertainment industry, garment manufacturers, and even big pharmaceutical companies -- who want to shut down websites that sell medicine to your grandparents...

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The Chamber of Commerce's Agenda: Killing Net Neutrality and Censoring the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 1:56 AM

With Aaron Swartz

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's attempt to throw next week's elections is cause for widespread alarm -- their agenda includes privatizing social security, undoing worker and consumer rights, blocking environmental protections, keeping banking regulations loose, and stymieing important health care reforms.

You can help Demand Progress...

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New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Disaffiliates from National: Let's Make it the First of Many

(19) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 4:16 AM

The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce has had enough: It's so fed up with the shameless politicking that's being done in its name that it disaffiliated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

Will you help make sure it's the first of many...

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Will We Finally Get a Seat at the Table? Help Pick a Replacement for Larry Summers

(48) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 12:15 PM

David Segal and Aaron Swartz

An elitist, technocratic multi-millionaire who disdains dissent and made a fortune on Wall Street, Larry Summers typifies that which ails the Democratic Party. For the last two years he's served as director of President Obama's National Economic Council where he's been in charge of coordinating...

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