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Thor Benson is a traveling writer, currently located in Los Angeles. Aside from Truthdig, he has been a contributor to Slate, Vice, Fast Company and...

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The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent

Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing.

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Greed Is a Paywall Blocking Human Knowledge

Journals like Science and other paid subscription sources should make their content available to the public for free.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE


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The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good

The American public only loses when we don’t allow felons to try to reintegrate into society.

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Net Neutrality on the Line

The net neutrality discussion has recently been reinvigorated on the national level. That’s great news for organizations that have been pushing for that exact course of action here in the U.S., but how does it affect the conversation on a global level?

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Aaron Swartz Day: A Vital Legacy Lives On

A champion of the Internet and governmental reform is celebrated around the world Saturday. His suicide—committed under a threat of prosecution—did not end the fight for his causes.

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Quantum Computers Are Coming, and Here’s How to Process That Information

There are potential positives and negatives in this equation.

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Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency

President Obama has called his administration the “most transparent in history,” but instead of allowing companies to be completely transparent regarding their involvement in government surveillance, Washington has muzzled them.

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Thor Benson is a traveling writer, currently located in Los Angeles. Aside from Truthdig, he has been a contributor to Slate, Vice, Fast Company and many others. You can follow him at @thor_benson.

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