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The politics of digital networks

Jillian C. York’s blog • “Writes regularly about free expression, politics, and the Internet, with particular focus on the Arab world.” Affiliated with Global Voices Online and Electronic Frontier Foundation. @jilliancyork

Tech President • Blog of the Personal Democracy Forum. “Daily resource for hard-hitting analysis, breaking news and insightful coverage of meta trends at the intersection of technology and politics.” @pdmteam

The Technology Liberation Front • “Tech policy blog dedicated to keeping politicians’ hands off the ‘net.” @techliberation

Technosociology • “Exploring the interactions between technology and society.” By Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland. @zeynep

Deeplinks • Electronic Frontier Foundation’s news blog, covering civil liberties in the digital world.

Freedom to Tinker • Blog featuring “comment and analysis from the digital frontier” by the faculty, students, and friends of the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP).

Tangled Web • “Focuses on the smart ways people in closed societies are using social media, mobile phones, and the Internet to circumvent their governments. It also covers the efforts of less-than-democratic governments to control the web.” By Luke Allnutt at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. @lukeallnutt

Google Public Policy Blog • “Google’s views on government, policy and politics.”

Google European Public Policy Blog • “Google’s views on Government, policy and politics in Europe.”

Law & Disorder • Ars Technica’s blog covering “tech law and policy in the digital age.”

Governance across borders • Blog by a group of researchers that “shares ideas, concepts and examples on how to deal with old and new forms of such transnational governance.” Loosely affiliated with the research group “Institution Building Across Borders” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. @govxborders

Infopolitics • “Understanding the Internet and information in politics.” By Graham Webster, PhD student in political science at the University of Washington. @infopol @gwbstr

The Internet Policy Blog • “On Internet policy research, events and discussion from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford.”

Falkvinge & Co. on Infopolicy • A founder of Sweden’s Pirate Party hosts a community discussion around information policy. @Falkvinge

Joho the Blog by David Weinberger • Senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center writes about “the effect of the Internet on how we think about ourselves, our world, and business.” @dweinberger

International Law and the Internet • “A blog on why norms matter online” by Matthias Ketteman at the Institute of International Law at the University of Graz, who writers about Internet governance and human rights. @MCKettemann

Development, democratization, crisis management

Ethan Zuckerman’s blog • “Musings on Africa, international development and hacking the media.” @EthanZ

NDItech DemocracyWorks • On the role technology of in politics and democratic development. @NDItech

White African • Co-founder of Ushahidi Erik Hersman blogs about high-tech mobile and web technology change in Africa. “Where Africa and technology collide.” @whiteafrican

iRevolution • “Thought pieces on how innovation and technology are revolutionizing the power of the individual through radical self-sufficiency, determination, independence, survival and resilience.” By crisis mapper Patrick Meier. @PatrickMeier

Diary of a Crisis Mapper • Crisis mapper Anahi Ayala Iacucci writes about ICT4D, mobile technology and, more broadly, on the “political meaning of information”. @anahi_ayala

Nancy Scola’s blog • Writes on “politics, policy, technology, and culture,” and often ends up “focusing on change and innovation, whether that’s the future of political organizing or the future of food.” @nancyscola

Nathan And His Open Ideals • Blog by mobile technology developer and activist Nathan Freitas. @n8fr8

Build it Kenny, and they will come… founder and FrontlineSMS developer Ken Banks’s blog, “where technology meets anthropology, conservation and development.” @kiwanja

Global media reform, citizen journalism, civic media

Global Voices Online • “A community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.” @globalvoices

Mediacitizen • “A crash-scene investigation at the crossroads of old media and new.” By Timothy Karr, campaign director of Free Press. @TimKarr

CPJ Blog • “Press Freedom News and Views.”


Digital Dao • Jeffrey Carr blogs about “evolving hostilities in the global cyber commons,” covering “Russian and Chinese cyber warfare strategy and tactics”. @jeffreycarr

Zero Intelligence Agents • Studying terrorism and armed conflict using tools from mathematics and computer science. By Drew Conway, PhD student at New York University. @drewconway

DefenceTech • “The intersection of technology and defense,” cyber category. @defensetech

Council on Foreign Relations • Articles on technology and science. @CFR_org


Scheier on Security • “A blog covering security and security technology” by the internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier. @schneierblog

Exhaustive Search • Cryptography researcher Matt Blaze on security and cryptography. @mattblaze

Threat Post • “Security news and analysis” from Kaspersky Lab @threatpost

Naked Security • IT security blog by SophosLabs. @SophosLabs

Threat Level • “Privacy, crime and security online” at

Google Online Security Blog • “The latest news and insights from Google on security and safety on the Internet.”

SC Magazine • “Secure Business Intelligence” “for IT security professionals.” US edition @, UK edition @, AU edition @.

Office of Inadequate Security • News site documenting data breaches. Same author as @PogoWasRight

Contagio • “A collection of the latest malware samples, threats, observations, and analyses.” @snowfl0w

Krebs on Security by Brian Krebs • “In-depth security news and investigation” by a former Washington Post reporter, covering online crime investigations, new threats, security updates, data breaches and cyber justice. @briankrebs

F-Secure Labs blog • Cyber-security news from F-Secure Security Labs, by “the personnel responsible for analyzing virus, phishing, spyware, and spam attacks.” @FSecure

Infosec Island • News and community site “for IT and network professionals who manage security, risk, and compliance issues.” @InfosecIsland


Technology, Thoughts, and Trinkets • How privacy is affected by digital surveillance, with a focus on deep packet inspection. By Christopher Parsons, a postdoctoral fellow at the Munk School’s Citizen Lab. @caparsons

Pogo Was Right • “Privacy news from around the world.” Also blogs at Office of Inadequate Security. @PogoWasRight

Ashkan Soltani • “Independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics.” @ashk4n

Niche topics in fields relevant to the politics of digital networks

CJNEWS India • India-focused collective blog with news and opinion about techno-legal issues.

TorrentFreak • Blog “where breaking news, BitTorrent and copyright collide.” @torrentfreak

Mapping Online Publics • Research blog by the New Media and Public Communication program at Queensland University of Technology, with a focus on Twitter data gathering, processing, textual analysis and visualization.

Geospatial Science and Technology Policy • “News on Geospatial Science, Technology, Law and Society” @Geodatapolicy

Ogle Earth • “Examining how internet mapping tools like Google Earth affect science and society.” By Stefan Geens, also the author of Dliberation. @ogleearth

The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy • Blog and online resources on laws and policies relating to spatial and location data in terms of privacy, national security and intellectual property. Run by Kevin Pomfret.

Res Communis • Blog “on the legal aspects of human activities using aerospace technologies” at the University of Mississippi Schol of Law’s National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law.

North Korea Tech • “Dedicated to following IT in the DPRK”, by Martyn Williams. @northkoreatech

People conversant in fields relevant to the politics of digital networks

Evgeny Morozov @ Author of “The Net Delusion“.
Rebecca MacKinnon @ Internet freedom activist, wrote “Consent of the Networked“.
Ben Hammersley @ muses on the Internet’s effect on society, foreign policy, business, and culture.
Beth Noveck @ Professor at New York Law School, focuses on the future of democracy in the 21st century.
Sameer Padania @ Works in the Media Programme at the Open Society Foundations, based in London.
Sami ben Gharbia @ Director of Global Voices Advocacy, co-founder of Tunisian group blog
Tom Glaisyer @ “Media and democracy, networks and political institutions.”
Jonathan Zittrain @ teaches Internet Law at Harvard.
Lawrence Lessig @ co-founded Creative Commons.
Dan Gillmor @ teaches digital media entrepreneurship.
Steven Levy @ wrote “In The Plex” about Google
Joichi Ito @ directs MIT media lab.
Danah Boyd @ researches online youth behaviour.
Doc Searls @ co-authored “The Cluetrain manifesto“.
Jay Rosen @ teaches journalism at NYU.
Micah Sifry @ organizes Personal Democracy Forum.
Andrew Rasiej @ organizes Personal Democracy Forum.
Jeff Jarvis @ wrote “What Would Google Do“.
Tim Berners-Lee @ invented the World Wide Web.
Clay Shirky @ wrote “Cognitive Surplus“.
Douglas Rushkoff @ wrote “Program or Be Programmed“.
Jaron Lanier pioneered virtual reality.
Seth Godin @ pioneered permission marketing.
Tim Wu @ defends network neutrality.
Vint Cerf co-invented the Internet.
Mark Pesce @ co-invented VRML.
Carl Bildt @ is Sweden’s tech-savvy foreign minister.
Misha Glenny @ wrote “DarkMarket” about cybercrime.
Hans Rosling @ developed Gapminder.
John Perry Barlow @ Co-founded EFF.
Yochai Benkler wrote “The Wealth of Networks“.
Anne-Marie Slaughter @ Professor at Princeton, wrote “America’s Edge“.
Charles Kenny @ Author of “Getting Better“.
Andy Carvin @ Twitter news curator, now at First Look Media.
Christopher Soghoian @ is principal technologist behind ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
Eben Moglen teaches law and legal history at Columbia University, founded Software Freedom Law Center.
Edward Snowden revealed widespread illegal Internet surveillance by the NSA and other orgs.
Glenn Greenwald @ Published Snowden’s revelations. Founded The Intercept.
Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker; published Snowden’s revelations.
Marietje Schaake @ Dutch pro-Internet MEP.
Katherine Maher @ Chief Communications Officer at Wikimedia Foundation.
Mona Eltahawy @ For freedom of expression and women’s rights in the Arab world.

Notes on the global politics of digital networks — how the rise of the Internet affects the distribution of power between citizens, corporations and states. By Stefan Geens in Stockholm.