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Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?

Internet activist Aaron Swartz was facing up to 13 felony counts and 50 years in prison at the time of his death. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from JSTOR. Swartz’s downloads were criminalized under the federal CFAA, an act designed to prosecute hackers. But as his case demonstrates, you don’t necessarily have to be a hacker to be viewed as one by federal law.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE


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Ralph Nader vs. the FEC

Nader is suing the Federal Election Commission for not investigating the law firms that allegedly worked on behalf of the Democratic National Committee in a coordinated effort to obstruct his bid for the presidency in 2004.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE



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No Impossible Dream

Don’t listen to those who say President Obama’s bold plan to reduce gun violence—including an assault weapons ban—has no chance in Congress.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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The Trillion Dollar Coin: Joke or Game-Changer?

The trillion dollar coin represents one of the most important principles of popular prosperity ever conceived: the creation of money by sovereign governments, debt-free.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


The Second Amendment vs. the First Amendment

After more than a week of residual buzz from radio host Alex Jones’ now-famous meltdown during a CNN discussion of gun control, it is worth taking a deep breath and considering the spectacle’s two big lessons, especially now that the White House is pushing Congress to debate firearm legislation.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Another Word for Propaganda

Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning?

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


Before Default, Let Republicans Bump Up Hard Against the Debt Ceiling

A prolonged confrontation over the nation’s debt ceiling—unlike the “fiscal cliff,” which provoked many scary headlines—could truly be grave for both America and the world.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Barry Bonds, Baseball and the Redemption of America

The slugger’s saga speaks directly to matters of justice, ethics, historical memory, the role of media and spectacle at the beginning of the 21st century, and, of course, the priorities of business. As such, this contemporary tragedy reflects a country that seems adrift, morally challenged, in decline and with a profound loss of faith in established institutions.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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An Open Letter to Walmart CEO Mark Duke

You need to do something authentic that people can relate to—70 percent of the people in polls support an inflation-adjusted minimum wage. So did Rick Santorum and even Mitt Romney, until he waffled during the primaries.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE


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