Keeping Up With The Obamas

Email alerts for the NYC Council; what happens to @POTUS; and more.


Live all day today: the Knight-Civic Hall Symposium on Tech, Politics and the Media. Watch here; check out our program of great panels and speakers here. And track the conversation (and join in) via #KFCivicHall.

  • As one of his last acts as president, President Obama commuted all but four months of Chelsea Manning’s remaining prison sentence, Charlie Savage reports for The New York Times.

  • Julian Assange had promised on Twitter to submit himself for extradition to the U.S. in exchange for the commutation of Manning’s sentence, Matthew Weaver reports for The Guardian.

  • The White House has posted a guide to keeping up with the Obamas after the baton passes on this Friday, and how to find social media and other content from the past eight years online when @POTUS and other accounts are handed over to Obama’s successor.

  • In New York City, you can now get email alerts on council members, legislative items, committee hearings, public meetings, and custom search terms, Councilmatic’s David Moore announced yesterday.

  • Yesterday ProPublica and partner organizations launched a website where victims and witness of hate incidents can go and report their experience, in the model of the 2016 Electionland election monitoring project.

  • Anil Dash spoke in a wide-ranging interview with Krista Tippett on NPR’s On Being last week about tech’s moral reckoning and the civics we need. Listen or read the transcript here.

  • The Omidar Network has followed an initial grant of $500,000 to Tactical Technology Collection, a nonprofit focused on the political and social role of technology in the world, with a three-year core grant of $1,950,000 to work on issues like digital security and privacy and the politics of data, Laura Bacon writes on Medium.

  • The U.S. Digital Service has produced two short recruitment videos that incorporate the words of Steve Jobs.

  • Apply: Take Back Our Republic is looking for a deputy director and a finance associate.