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Politech is the oldest Internet resource devoted to politics and technology. Launched in 1994, the Politech mailing list has chronicled the growing intersection of law, culture, technology, and politics. Since 2000, so has the Politech web site.

About Declan McCullagh's Politech

Politech is the oldest Internet resource devoted exclusively to politics and technology. Launched in 1994, the Politech mailing list has chronicled the growing intersection of law, culture, technology, politics, and law. Since 2000, so has the Politech web site.

When I founded Politech a decade ago, it was a hand-maintained discussion list about free speech on the Internet with about 190 subscribers. Since then, it has blossomed into the tens of thousands thanks to the majordomo and Mailman utilities, and has been featured in scores of newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, and Salon. The Los Angeles Times has called Politech "one of the best" mailing lists on the Internet, with "daily dispatches that are relevant and succinct."

Over the last decade, Politech has become a community of programmers, system administrators, lawyers, policy wonks, and other random technologists. Sometimes the community is not just virtual: there have been Politech gatherings in San Francisco and New York City.

If you want to follow Politech, you have three main options: read it on this web site, use the RSS or Atom news feeds, or subscribe through e-mail. Everything that's on the Web site also appears on the mailing list. A daily digest for the mailing list, sent out every day around 10 am ET, is available as an option.

Most importantly, if you read Politech, please contribute by sending along tips or other news! Any online community is much more interesting when its members are active.

Declan McCullagh
June 13, 2004


FAQ

How do I submit articles?

Please send them to me directly at declan //at// well.com. It's probably best if you use something like "Politech submission" in the Subject: line so my e-mail filters will catch it and put it in the right place.

I'm switching email addresses. How do I change mine?

To change your options, such as switching to or from the digest version of this list, or altering your email address, go here.

How do I contribute something anonymously?

No problem. If you want to contribute something to the list anonymously, please put CONFIDENTIAL in caps in the Subject: line of your email to me. I can also mask e-mail addresses (though I suggest you use a disposable one for posting); please put REMOVEEMAIL in your Subject: line.

May I mirror Politech?

Please do! Original posts distributed to the mailing list and placed on the left column of this Web site's home page are licensed under a Creative Commons License (attribution, noncommercial, no derivative works).

Where can I find .tar or .tar.gz archives?

Right here. Though they only go back to September 2003, since that's when I switched from majordomo to Mailman.

What's your privacy policy?

It's pretty simple. Your e-mail address will not be rented or sold, period. If I grant you status as a confidential source (see above on confidential tips), I intend to resist any subpoena or other legal process seeking to learn it, finances permitting.

Is Politech free?

Yep. There's no cost to subscribe.

Who's behind Politech?

Just me. For the record, Politech is not affiliated with CNET Networks, News.com, Terra Lycos, Lycos Inc., Wired News, MIT, or any other organization.


FAQ last updated May 25, 2005