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Figuring Out Who Your Friends Are On SOPA and PIPA

Art Brodsky | Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

While entertainment leaders are great at talking about their studies "proving" losses from piracy, they ignore other research showing that downloaders also buy the most music and other content.

Here Comes the First Digital Election

Rory O'Connor | Posted 08.12.2012 | Media
Rory O'Connor

Welcome to the first digital presidential election. You might have thought we lived through that four years ago, when the online-focused campaign of Barack Obama revolutionized modern politics in ways that are still coming into focus.

Nature Lessons From Vermont

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.18.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Observing the rolling fields, horses and cows, undisturbed acres of rocks and trees, I felt particularly protective of what the earth offers us -- and what we need to do to defend it.

The Media Gets It Wrong on WikiLeaks: It's About Broken Trust, Not Broken Condoms

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

When it comes to WikiLeaks, much of media has planted its flag on the wrong side of the secrecy battle. The government's legitimate need for secrecy is very different from the government's desire to get away with hiding the truth.

The F Word: Remembering Why WikiLeaks Matters

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It can be sexy to talk about digital direct action, but tech activists and political activists, especially in the US, bring a tremendous amount of privilege to the table.

Gov 2.0 at Ogilvy DC

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kety Esquivel

Yesterday we had the great honor of hosting an amazing panel of speakers at our Ogilvy DC office to discuss Gov 2.0. An intrepid audience was not dau...

Insights from Ogilvy 360 DI Gov 2.0 Exchange Panelists

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kety Esquivel

What is Gov 2.0? What are some of the trends and opportunities in this space? What are some of the exciting break throughs? How can an organization...

This Is Not a Drill. Neither Is Our Democratic Process

Daniel Teweles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Teweles

We've all watched as another election cycle has ramped up featuring the same recycled soundbites, tired catchphrases, and wily underhanded smears. Sometimes it is most prudent to accept things the way things are. Now is not one of those times.

Allure of the Hive: Experts on Connectivity, Social Networking and Social Change

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

A distinguished panel of experts gathered Saturday at the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination for a standing room-only r...

Visible Vote: Easy Civic Engagement, Y'all!

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Chalupa

VisibleVote briefly summarizes bills in Congress, lets you know their status and vote on them. This is a great way for the couch potato demographic to let representatives know how we stand on the issues.

Empowering All Americans Through Open Government

Aneesh Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Aneesh Chopra

The air was abuzz with excitement as software developers and entrepreneurs converged to demonstrate dozens of new tools they had developed over the last 12 weeks from freely available data on health performance compiled by the DHHS.

Personal democracy now a common goal

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Vote iQ political social networking platform listens to voters By Mike Smith Huffington Post Blogger Mike Smith Public Affairs, Washington, DC The P...

The Personal Democracy Forum Is Back in Town

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marcia G. Yerman

Scott Heiferman proposed, "Use the Internet to get off the Internet!" His suggestion was applauded, despite the furious Blackberry scrolling in the midst of the proceedings.

Can the Internet Fix Politics?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jane Hamsher

None of us can win the battle against a heavily out-gunned corporate world alone. Online activists must change the terms of political debates. Until we do, we're simply putting new tools in the service of the old order. And we will continue to lose.

Can the Internet Fix Politics or Just Change the Nature of the Game?

Cheryl Contee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Cheryl Contee

During the Iranian election protests, citizens showed the world what was happening in their country, and the world discovered a government that was de-legitimized in the eyes of its people.

PdF 2010 LIVE Updates: Personal Democracy Forum Tweets (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) 2010, a two-day conference focusing on the intersection between politics and technology, began today in New York City. ...

PdF 2010 LIVE BLOG: The State of Tech-Powered Politics

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

Forget CPAC. Never mind the DLC. Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) serves as the quintessential hub of examining where politics is headed in our tech-centric, increasingly mobile, socially connected 21st century.

PdF: Can the Internet Fix Politics?

Micah Sifry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Micah Sifry

While we all agree the internet is changing politics, can it fix politics too? Can it make politics more open, participatory, responsive and accountable?

PdF: Can the Internet Fix Politics?

Andrew Keen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Andrew Keen

Rather than being about peddling conspiracy theories or swapping stolen songs or posting videos of your skateboarding cat on YouTube, citizenship is about recognizing the moral consequences of one's own actions.

PdF: Can the Internet Fix Politics?

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The movement toward online grassroots democracy will create a more civil, effective political system. This is not in the interest of some, but countermeasures are on their way to foil the efforts of people who don't want politics fixed.

The Diversity See-Saw of SXSW

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lauren DeLisa

I believe there is no such thing as autonomy, particularly in digital media. It's about all of us interconnecting, seeking out and partnering to create a more dynamic future of exchange and achievement.

Video, People, Language Capture The Energy of Gov 2.0 LA

Alan W. Silberberg and Ralph J. Shapira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg and Ralph J. Shapira

One of the key themes in this past weekend's event was "Video is the New Text." Another is that the jargon and language used in Government 2.0 is holding us back.

The New Media Epiphany

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Two years ago, I had a personal epiphany at the Personal Democracy Forum: New media could change everything... From communications to politics to culture. At PDF '09: more revelations.

VIDEO: Obama Campaign Video Was a "Collective Narrative of Hope"

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

I interview Max Harper, a 27-year old community organizer and filmmaker, and a key member of the Obama's presidential campaign.

Believe It: How a Little Video Blog Powered the Agenda for Election Reform

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

I interviewed Jacob Soboff, creator of the Why Tuesday advocacy campaign. The organization set out to change the national voting day from Tuesday to the weekend in an effort to build greater voter participation.