Technology and the Internet are changing democracy in America. This site is one hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens. We value your input and ideas.
Democracy is changing.
A new force, rooted in new tools and practices built on and around the Internet, is rising alongside the old system of money intensive broadcast politics.
Today, for almost no money, anyone can be a reporter, a community organizer, an ad-maker, a publisher, a money-raiser, or a leader.
If what they have to say is compelling, it will spread.
The cost of finding like-minded souls, banding together, and speaking to the powerful has dropped to almost zero.
Networked voices are reviving the civic conversation.
More people, everyday, are discovering this new power. After years of being treated like passive subjects of marketing and manipulation, citizens want to be heard.
Members expect a say in the decision-making process of the networked organizations they join. Readers want to talk back to the news-makers. Citizens are insisting on more openness and transparency from government and from corporations too.
All the old institutions and players – big money, top-down parties, big-foot journalism, cloistered organizations – must adapt fast or face losing status and power, and some of them are. That evolution is happening as some governments, political organizations, businesses and nonprofits begin to embrace participation and transparency.
The realization of “Personal Democracy,” where everyone is a full participant, is coming.
Since 2004, Personal Democracy Media has helped nurture a world-wide conversation about technology’s impact on government and politics, and society – providing a place to meet the people who are making that change happen, discover the tools powering the new civic conversation, spot the early trends, and to share in understanding and embracing this dynamic new force. Many of those who are challenging the status quo, learned what they know, or found people to collaborate with, by being a part of Personal Democracy Media.
Now as Personal Democracy Media, that effort will grow as we work to contribute authoritative news, tools and resources focused on adapting to and thriving in a world where together we are building and fulfilling the promise of a 21st century democracy. (Updated January, 2011)
co-founder: Micah Sifry
intro’d to personal democracy via #pdf14
snowden, seeclickfix, greenfield, tumml, handup, …. check out pd14 archive (hope there is one)
messy notes from pdf14
.@antheaws calls on designers to stop designing for the “user they wish existed.” #pdf14Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/474934355413172225
Need to remember that “there’s a big difference between politics and civic” says @marcidale at #PDF14Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/pdmteam/status/474935710198558720
“The greater our ability to see what’s going on in Congress, the greater the dissatisfaction with Congress” #pdf14Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Tableteer/status/474936150155874304
.@alexgoldmark Transparency for whom? For what purposes, instrumentalized and operationalized in what specific ways?
Class dynamics now at the fore at #PDF14 and it is awkward
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/MetaActivism/status/474949341099343872
yep @karmel80: I understand @handup showing the individual gets people to care and help bc it’s concrete. But still makes me cringe. #pdf14
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/drumenaker/status/474949706725216256
Same. A “linked-in” for blue-collar workers is fine but the REAL problem they face is not on supply side. It’s demand for their work. #pdf14
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/474950000703979521
Sorry, #pdf14. Research is clear: Job training, networking, etc. are rounding error on what US impedes US workers: lack of good jobs. #pdf14
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/474951558757908480
nstead, I’d love to see a #pdf14 talk on how tech can help workers can organize, unionize & reverse policies that destroy good jobs.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/474951953592901632
The poor don’t need rich people donating. They need economic justice. There’s not an app for that. #pdf14
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mcbyrne/status/474952239270723584
@drgoddess African Amer are 13% of Amer but 26% of Twitter. #PDF14
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Afine/status/474953041037500417
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