Last few days I talked with Ellen Miller and Micah Sifry about OccupyWallstreet. Both of them think it’s here to stay …
Ellen Miller, Co-founder and director of Sunlight Foundation, Washington DC. The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike.
Sunlight did trainings at “Occupy K-Street” (as #OWS is called in Washington DC) and explained the protestors the correlations between money and politics. K-Street by the way is the name of the street where all the lobbyist have their offices.
Micah Sifry is editor and curator of the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF), based in New York. He is watching the OWS movement carefully – since it really hits the core of what he is doing at PdF. PdF’s assumption is that technology and the Internet are changing democracy in America. A new force, rooted in new tools and practices built on and around the Internet, is rising alongside the old system of capital-intensive broadcast politics.