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We defeated the censorship bills (SOPA and PIPA) because Congress feared that the internet -- the most powerful social technology mankind has ever seen -- was becoming a new political constituency. Now we need to show them that they were correct to be afraid by demonstrating that the internet votes, and that we will vote them out of office if they try to violate our rights. If members of Congress believe that the millions of people who participated the anti-censorship coalition by calling or emailing their representatives are not going to show up at the polls this November, they will not listen to us the next time we have to step up and defend the internet (and you know there will be a next time).

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Power Tools to Build a Better Democracy, with Chris Hayes

September 10, 2012 - by David Moore

I was pleased to present our work on OpenCongress at a panel discussion at Philanthropy New York:

The 2012 Election with MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Power Tools to Build a Better Democracy

Update, Sept. 18th: video of event has been posted. Chris leads off, I start 21:40 in presenting our work on OC. Here's a micropublishing update you can RT to spread the word. More info after the jump. 

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With cybersecurity legislation stalled in Congress, the Obama Administration is moving forward with an executive order to bypass Congress and give force of law to some of the stalled bill’s provisions. According to Jason Miller at Federal News Radio, one of the few reporters who has seen a copy of the executive order, the Administration’s proposal closely mirrors the Lieberman-Collins “Cybersecurity Act of 2012, including sections designed to encourage information sharing between web companies and the government, closely related to the provisions of the House-passed CISPA bill.

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