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The thirst for the news has never been greater in the history of human knowledge, yet mega-media corporations are gutting local newsrooms. Without them, the free flow of information used to counteract the wheels of bad government are gone.

The East Bay Citizen hopes to bring the power of information back to the people by allowing them to help shine the light of truth on government while also disrupting the pernicious actors who attempt to disrupt the good intentions of honest politicians.

The profession of journalism will never die, but with the rise of bloggers and social media web sites, the future lies within the passionate and civic-minded to present their informed and nuanced opinions without the traditional gatekeepers of the newsroom setting the agenda.

I look forward to the debate.

Steve Tavares