Tag: personal democracy forum

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 »

by Zach C. Cohen

NEW YORK — With reports that the National Security Agency is amassing data from Internet and phone companies, jokes abounded at the 10th annual Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in New York City on June 6 and 7, especially when the list of sponsors for PDF sounded like a tally of NSA’s tech titan collaborators — Google, Facebook, Yahoo, [...] more »

by Mark Hannah

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about alleged attempts to suppress voter turnout, as so-called “Voter ID” laws introduce new obstacles to voting that may thwart turnout (primarily among college students, minorities, and senior citizens). Amid this backdrop, and with the election just a month away, two advocacy groups have joined together to launch “The [...] more »

by Anne Nelson

Meet Jan Hemme: mild-mannered public relations executive by day, Pirate by night — specifically, a strategist for Berlin’s Pirate Party. This new political movement, with roots in the tech culture, is shaking up politics across Europe and hopes to make some noise in the coming U.S. elections. Given the exponential influence of digital media in [...] more »

by Mark Hannah

NEW YORK — The famous Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei once wrote in a blog, “To express yourself needs a reason, but expressing yourself is a reason.” In the highly censored world of Chinese media, this sums up the growing consensus within that country — and around the world — that the freedom of [...] more »