Micah L. Sifry

Editorial Director & Curator, Personal Democracy Forum

Micah L. Sifry

Micah L. Sifry is a writer, editor and democracy activist. As editorial director of Personal Democracy Media, he oversees the daily techPresident.com news-site and curates the annual PDF conference on how technology is changing politics. He has also been a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation since its founding in 2006. He also serves on the boards of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. In the spring of 2012, he was the Visiting Murrow Lecturer of the Practice of Press and Public Policy at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School, where he taught “The Politics of the Internet.”

Micah is the author, co-author or co-editor of seven books, most recently The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Changed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014). Before that, he wrote WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency (ORBooks, 2011), which was also published in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Japan and South Korea. He is also the co-author with Nancy Watzman of Is That a Politician in You Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), author of 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). Along with Andrew Rasiej, Allison Fine and Joshua Levy, he edited Rebooting America: Ideas for Redesigning American Democracy for the Internet Age (Personal Democracy Press, 2008). From 1997-2006, Sifry worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, he was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. His personal blog is at micah.sifry. com. He has a BA in Politics from Princeton and a MA in Politics from New York University and lives with his family in Hastingson- Hudson.

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