Democracy

The U.S. needs to create civic social networks

I have no doubt that the same great minds who are actively driving new platforms for commerce and engagement can formulate a new product (or adapt an existing one) that allows elected officials to en

Antisocial media?

As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, 'dark ads', issue pushing Facebook pages, and

Google shuts YouTube channel implicated in Kremlin political propaganda ops

A YouTube channel that had been implicated in Russia disinformation operations to target the U.S. 2016 election has been taken down by Google.  

Google’s probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims

Google has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited its platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, according to the Washington Post.

Thinking about the social cost of technology

All too often the fact that human lives are increasingly enmeshed with and dependent on ever more complex, and ever more inscrutable, technologies is considered a good thing. Negatives don't generally

So why oh why is Twitter doing #280?

Late yesterday Twitter announced the unthinkable for time-pressed journalists everywhere by revealing it is testing doubling the character length of tweets. Farewell sweet brevity of 140chars. Hello p

Privacy is still alive and kicking in the digital age

Our lives are lived in data. Data crossing borders and connected in virtual space. Most often, it appears, we live in open and too easily accessible data networks. States and corporations are watching

Democracy in the age of the Internet of Things

Who wants to read up on candidates' policies, attend rallies or even watch a debate? You just want to jump into the bed of democracy with the one who turns you on politically, right? Who would bother

The banana republic of big data

There’s a reason Americans feel dispossessed by their government. We citizens have fewer and fewer opportunities for substantive interaction with our leaders. Corporate-funded organizations and narr

Live Broadcasting Is Too Important To Be Left To The Broadcasters

When we founded the mobile live video broadcasting service Bambuser several years ago, we embarked on a mission to democratize live video broadcasting -- something that was available only to media gia

A Facebook Hack To A Greater Democracy

A month after the mid-term elections, the Republican Party is rejoicing and the Democrats are reeling. But it’s democracy that took a big hit. According to the NY Times, this election was the worst

Disrupting Democracy

You have to grudgingly admire the black-hat political hackers who have pwned the American electoral system. First, entrench a two-party system; second, gerrymander districts into tortuous shapes; thir

Technology’s Role In Direct Democracy

An influx of communication and collaboration technologies since the beginning of the 21st century has helped to make this the most connected time in human history -- and seemingly easier than ever for

India’s Citizen Engagement Comes Online But Political Parties Still Operate Above The Law

India's budding democracy has dipped its toe into the digital waters, as the government launched a<a target="_blank" href="http://rtionline.gov.in"> website</a> allowing citizens to file Right To Info

Three Startups Defending Democracy In America: Votizen, Memeorandum, and NationBuilder

The USA was founded by entrepreneurs who said "England has become bloated with bureaucracy. Let's disrupt it by starting our own agile, more innovative nation." But on the country's 236th birthday, we

Twitter, Democracy, and Internet Freedom

Twitter has taken fire in recent days from activists and bloggers who fear that the company’s new censorship policies will muffle online freedom. News reports recall the ways in which protestors ha

How to spot e-vote tampering?

Our permanent campaign marches on here in the U.S., with preparations for 2012 already well underway. To that end, some dude has asked proto-blog Slashdot what to look for when it comes to electronic

The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

Today is Memorial Day in the greatest country on Earth, the greatest country in history. CNET knows this and has a patriotic slide show featuring freedom-spreading technology the U.S. Army uses or pla