Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

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Entries Tagged as 'Technology'

Live streaming isn’t new to American politics

March 20th, 2015 · Comments Off on Live streaming isn’t new to American politics

Dan Pfeiffer puts it well when he describes Meerkat as a platform “no one seems to know how to use…yet.” It’s brand new and may well be offering something that people find applications for, in politics or beyond. But for now descriptions of how Meerkat is going to change the 2016 elections are premature. Pfeiffer’s […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Elections · Technology

#BlackLivesMatter + Net Neutrality

January 14th, 2015 · Comments Off on #BlackLivesMatter + Net Neutrality

As I’ve noted recently, there is a need for left movements to recognize their intersectionality. While anti-racism, economic justice, and environmental justice may have strong claims at being the left ur-movement in the early 21st century, the only way I see towards achieving real transformational change is by building off of the intersectionality of these movements and […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure · Racism · Technology

Another liberal tech company doing work for conservatives

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Another liberal tech company doing work for conservatives

Updated below NationBuilder is an online campaigning tool kit, providing clients with the ability to do online advocacy, email supporters, raise money and integrate social media. NationBuilder was founded by a group of progressive and Democratic technologists with campaign and grassroots non-profit organizing experience in the Netroots. It’s not particularly different from other online tool […]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure · Technology

Fight for the Future – Stop SOPA & PIPA

January 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Fight for the Future – Stop SOPA & PIPA

Take action here.

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Tags: Technology

The Guardian Project

April 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on The Guardian Project

Nancy Scola at techPresident has a long article about The Guardian Project, an effort lead by my friend Nathan Freitas, that seeks to create secure software for mobile communications. Mobile devices are critically important for activists, dissidents, and leaders of change movements. But most are incredibly insecure and using them can put activists at risk. […]

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Tags: Technology

Melber v Gladwell on Egypt & Organizing

February 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Melber v Gladwell on Egypt & Organizing

With global attention on the protests in Egypt, it’s not shocking that some people have fixated on the role of social networks like Twitter as driving the activities of anti-Mubarak protesters. Indeed, one of the first major steps Mubarak took to try to stymie the dissidents was completely shutting off the internet in Egypt (it […]

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Tags: Technology · The Media

Mid-East Protests & The Internet Kill Switch

January 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

As the world watches massive demonstrations in Egypt, the Egyptian government has shut down the internet. There are also reports that Syria has done the same. These are desperate acts from governments that are terrified of their citizenry. Killing the internet is an effort to silence their citizens. With that as a background, let’s take […]

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Tags: Rule of Law · Technology

Seder on Net Neutrality

August 12th, 2010 · Comments Off on Seder on Net Neutrality

Brilliant as usual.

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Tags: Technology

More Chinese Internet Espionage Exposed

April 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on More Chinese Internet Espionage Exposed

Articles in the Globe and Mail and the New York Times document the work by researchers at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto to expose a new network of global hack attacks originating from China. From the Globe and Mail: The report is careful not to conclude the Chinese government […]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China

Freedom of the Press

March 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Freedom of the Press

Chinese government style: Editor’s note: Google announced this week that it would move its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong and stop censoring search results to suit China’s leaders. In China, the government has sought to control how Chinese media portray Google’s decision. Below we reprint the government’s instructions to domestic news Web sites. The instructions […]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China