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New show on startups

6 Aug

I’m so excited to announce the first epsiode for my Verge show, SMALL EMPIRES, is out.
It arrived on July 30th and episode 2 is set to debut tomorrow, August 5th!
I’d pitched this show for a couple years to traditional TV production companies until I appeared on On The Verge and realized how much the video production world had changed — it was as professional as any set I’d been on, but Verge was doing it all on their own terms. This was the perfect home for my show.
I want to humanize founders, but also show the users who power these new platforms — amazing startups changing the world from my hometown of New York City. Small Empires are being built all over thanks to the free internet and instead of needing to open a factory, you need only open a laptop.
small empires with alexis ohanian: zocdoc
PS Here’s a gif of me dancing between takes:

Restore the Fourth rallies across country

2 Jul

Libertarians speaking at Restore the Fourth protests on July 4

Restore the Fourth
Protesters in cities across America will gather on July 4, 2013, to demand that the U.S. government adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits demanded by the Fourth Amendment.

The rallies are being organized by Restore the Fourth, a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonviolent movement spurred by revelations made by whistle blower Edward Snowden of the government’s widespread practice of spying on Americans without a warrant.
The July 4 demonstrations seek to demand an end to the unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government.
Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Carla Howell will speak at 12:30 P.M. at the Washington, D.C., rally being held at McPherson Square from 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M. Libertarian candidate for Virginia House of Delegates District 53, Anthony Tellez, will speak at 1:15 P.M.
Here’s a list of other cities in the process of organizing rallies:

“Draw a line in the sand when it comes to our digital privacy rights”
That was me on CNN last week. I appeared on BloombergTV a few days before that to keep the heat on lawmakers who aren’t willing to defend our online privacy in the wake of NSA revelations.
That’s why I signed this:
I’d appreciate it if you’d take a look at my latest blog post, excerpting a passage from Without Their Permission that is eerily prescient…
Just this morning I found a polite note in my Dropbox from the federal agent who investigated a “suspicious” photo I’d privately stored there from a family vacation….click to read the rest
And that’s why I’ll be attending a Restore the Fourth Rally on July 4th in my hometown of NYC. I hope you’ll attends yours.