Welcome to Bytegeist, Firedoglake.com’s new section devoted to the intersection of politics and technology.

There are many fine publications doing excellent work covering technology in general, including Ars Technica, Venture Beat, Wired, AllThingsD, CNet, TechCrunch and Engadget to name but a few.

It has been apparent for quite some time, however, that there is insufficient coverage of the political deliberations in Washington DC and beyond that are determining the shape of our technological future.  And that’s a space tailor-made for Firedoglake to step in.

From our groundbreaking liveblog of the Scooter Libby trial (featured on the front page of the New York Times), to having the only full-time reporter devoted to covering Occupy Wall Street from day 1, Firedoglake.com has been at the cutting edge of online political news coverage since its inception.

Our coverage of issues like the health care bill and mortgage fraud settlement dug deeper and was light years ahead of the main stream media.   By talking regularly with a deep bench of sources, attending committee hearings and conducting original  research, we’ve consistently managed to synthesize and distill a tremendous amount of complex information and have a profound effect on the public’s ability to understand what was really happening behind all the smoke and mirrors on Capitol Hill.

Enormous amounts of money are being spent buying up vast expanses of the intellectual property sphere, but the issues are so complex the public doesn’t even know they’ve been robbed until it’s over.  Our goal is to engage the public in the technology debate in real-time, before their interests have been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

We’re very excited about bringing our political coverage skills to the wild-west tech frontier, which is evolving faster than either lawmakers or the courts can keep pace.  We hope you’ll join us in that journey on Bytegeist.

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