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Micah L. Sifry

Micah Sifry

Micah L. Sifry is Co-Founder and President of Civic Hall, curator of the annual Personal Democracy Forum, and editor of Civicist, Civic Hall’s news site. From 2006-16 he was a senior adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found, and he currently serves on the boards of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Civic Tech in the Global South (co-edited with Tiago Peixoto) (World Bank, 2017); A Lever and a Place to Stand: How Civic Tech Can Move the World (PDM Books, 2015), with Jessica McKenzie; The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014); and Wikileaks and the Age of the Transparency (OR Books, 2011). In 2012 he taught “The Politics of the Internet” as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

From 1997-2006, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan 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 Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America (Routledge, 2002), co-author with Nancy Watzman of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), co-editor of Rebooting America, and co-editor of The Iraq War Reader (Touchstone, 2003) and The Gulf War Reader (Times Books, 1991).

Follow Micah on Twitter @Mlsif.


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  • RT @PBProject: At #DemocracyBeyondElections and a community member reminds us that for so many of our families and neighbors mobil… https://t.co/lYnXWSQbqN

  • RT @Healthy_Planner: On importance of youth civic engagement: Young people are a lot braver in their ambitions than most adults… https://t.co/dzk7fDlyU1

  • RT @KatyRubinTO: Love this from @Shari_Davis1 at #DemocracyBeyondElections. There's different kinds of expertise: *content" expertis… https://t.co/kzmU0F5l8o

  • RT @joshalerner: .@CaldwellLouise: The skills you learn in a citizens assembly are skills for life: how to have difficult conversati… https://t.co/vrk3jXuKvj

  • RT @joshalerner: Want to democratize government? Start big not small. If you start small, people won’t think it matters. Trust the… https://t.co/x6DG5uDFgQ

  • RT @joshalerner: How can national campaigns benefit from citizen assemblies? In Ireland: A lot of the talking points from national… https://t.co/firvMWUZ0V

  • RT @Healthy_Planner: Good facilitators crucial to set atmosphere of curiosity and seriousness, ensure no one dominates contentious conve… https://t.co/n57T4t8xdt

  • RT @Healthy_Planner: Miguel Arana Catania champions starting big rather than starting with a small pilot. If the stakes are too small, p… https://t.co/ZxuoICJhqz

  • RT @Healthy_Planner: Good civic engagement requires mix of context expertise (knowing the streets) and content expertise (formal trainin… https://t.co/9WZjDo9ZG5



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