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Micah L. Sifry

Micah Sifry

Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and executive director of Civic Hall, New York City’s community center for civic tech, launched in 2015. Since 2004 he has been co-founder and editorial director of its parent company, Personal Democracy Media, curating its annual PDF conference and editing its news site techPresident, both focused on the ways technology is changing politics, government and civil society. He is also a senior adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found in 2006, and serves on the boards of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. He is the author or editor of seven books, most recently The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Changed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014), and in the spring of 2012 taught “The Politics of the Internet” at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

From 1997-2006, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, Micah was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. He is the author of Wikileaks and the Age of Transparency (OR Books, 2011), Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America (Routledge, 2002) and co-edited The Iraq War Reader (Touchstone, 2003) and The Gulf War Reader (Times Books, 1991). He also co-authored, with Nancy Watzman, Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), on how money in politics affects people in their everyday lives. In the past he was also an adjunct professor at the Political Science Department of the City University of New York/Graduate Center, where he taught a course called “Writing Politics.” His personal blog is at

Follow Micah on Twitter @Mlsif.

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