PoliticalShift

Recently the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Photo by Trey Ratcliff on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Edward Snowden. Photo by Steve Rhodes on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Business
by Mark Hannah

Just as the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) was commencing last year, news broke that a young ex-CIA analyst working under contract for the National Security Agency in Hawaii disclosed reams of classified documents to the media. The leak was blasted by the Obama administration as a massive detriment to America’s national security and applauded by [...] more »

PoliticalShift
by Ari Melber

Click to read our whole series We are all fact-checkers now. For years, Americans’ political press has been stuck in a fact-free model of neutrality, often covering even the most obvious lies as “one side” of a dispute. From Swift Boats and global warming to Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs, this coverage shrouds even rudimentary empirical claims [...] more »

PoliticalShift
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark want more people to know how important Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) is in protecting free speech on the Internet. To that end, the EFF and Newmark’s craigconnects initiative released this infographic to highlight the importance of the federal law. Newmark said [...] more »

PoliticalShift
by Jenny Xie

The 2012 election season will gain a lot of momentum with the upcoming party conventions — the Republicans up first in Tampa, Fla., this week and the Democrats the following week in Charlotte, N.C. As with any major event happening in the past year, a lot of attention is given to how the online population [...] more »

PoliticalShift
by Mark Hannah

Last week, Google’s “Politics, Elections and Public Sector” team unveiled a “Four Screens to Victory” infographic that highlights new trends in how Americans gather political information. The folks at Google suggest that television may be losing its primacy in the world of campaign advertising, and they hope that political campaigns will begin to shift their ad [...] more »

PoliticalShift
by Lillian Mongeau

Nearly 7 million young people will be newly eligible to vote this November. And contrary to what most might think, a recent study of how these voters engage in politics using new media shows they’re paying close attention. “A lot of what we’re trying to understand is the way in which [using new media] might [...] more »

PoliticalShift
by Mark Glaser

Can online protests make a difference? In the past, they’ve had mixed success but with enough people pushing against the twin anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA, the U.S. Congress was forced to pay heed. They have now put off bringing the bills to a vote, while contemplating rewrites and changes to the bills. Google alone [...] more »

5Across
by Mark Glaser

Click here to see the entire series The debate around online privacy has largely centered around advertising that is targeted at people depending on where they have been online. While somewhat creepy, those ads are perhaps the least of our worries. What many of us don’t realize is that there are multiple parties tracking our [...] more »

PoliticalShift
by Mark Glaser

“All the world’s a stage,” and even moreso with the rise of the Internet, online advertising and social networking. While there is no American “right to privacy” in the Constitution, there are limits to what we want companies, publishers and advertisers to do with our personal information. Do we want advertisers to serve ads based [...] more »


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