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Robots Take Over for 60,000 Fired Foxconn Factory Workers

The Apple and Samsung supplier played down the job-loss aspect of the story by making it sound as though employees had been liberated to do less menial work.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Share a Delaware Tax ‘Loophole’ Address With 285,000 Companies

Clinton, who promised to crack down on “outrageous tax havens and loopholes” if elected president, has business dealings registered at a building that has helped Wal-Mart, Apple, American Airlines and tens of thousands of other companies avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



Privacy Rights Victory: California Encryption Bill Shut Down by Legislators

The bill, which would have penalized companies that refuse to cooperate with the government over encrypted phones, did not go to a vote.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Why Aren’t Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Talking About Encryption?

The controversy over encryption has been one of the biggest public debates of the year so far, yet the Democratic presidential candidates have been largely silent on the subject.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Won’t Tell Apple How It Hacked iPhone but Vows to Help Local Police

“Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Offers to Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Homicide Case

If the FBI succeeds, it will be the first time that the “backdoor” technology used in the San Bernardino case will have been used elsewhere—exactly the situation that Apple said it wanted to prevent.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



North Carolina: Flush Your Bathroom Bill Down the Toilet

The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



David Medine, Leading U.S. Privacy Watchdog, Resigns Unexpectedly

The head of the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is stepping down. Why he quit so suddenly is unknown, but his recent Twitter posts reflect a concern over expansion of government surveillance.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Drops Lawsuit Against Apple, Saying ‘Third Party’ Has Helped It Unlock iPhone

While the legal battle may now be over, the debate about privacy and surveillance continues.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE


Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live Blog: A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Says It May No Longer Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone of Slain San Bernardino Killer

Round 1 of the legal battle between the Justice Department and the tech company may be over soon.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Apple Fight Is About All of Us

The fight between Apple and the FBI is not about just one iPhone—it implicates the security of all technology users.

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Gives All the Reasons to Be on Apple’s Side in Encryption Fight With the FBI

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the complex issues Apple and the U.S. government are battling over since the FBI decided it needs a back door into the company’s products.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Facebook, Google and WhatsApp Plan to Increase Encryption of User Data

Leading Silicon Valley companies are developing their own enhanced privacy technology as Apple fights the U.S. government over encryption.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



Civil Rights Activists Say Encryption Is a Racial Justice Issue

An association of activists, including a founder of Black Lives Matter, published a letter claiming that the civil rights of minorities could be abused if the FBI gains the power to force a technology company such as Apple to undermine its users’ activities.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 7, 2016 ENLARGE



Remember That CEO Pay Cap? It’s Even Less Effective Than We Knew

Companies are increasingly using pay-for-performance to get around a $1 million federal limit on tax deductions for executive compensation.

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 READ MORE



Apple Gets Legal and Congressional Boost in Privacy Fight Against U.S. Government

First a New York judge sided with Apple in its battle with the FBI over privacy. Then the technology company helped its case in Congress.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Donald Plays His Trump Card

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists talk Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Also, should Apple assent to the Justice Department’s demand to hack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone?

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Human Rights Risks of Encryption ‘Back Doors’

Calls by candidates and law enforcement to undermine encryption could seriously harm many people, including sexual and gender-based rights activists, domestic violence victims, human rights defenders, psychiatrists and counselors and their clients, and journalists and their sources.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



Congressman Asks FBI to Back Down on Apple

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is pressing FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s demand that Apple create a new operating system version that lacks key security features.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 23, 2016 ENLARGE



San Bernardino Says FBI at Fault for Losing Data in Shooting Investigation

Apple executives say new information shows there was a way to avoid going to court in momentous privacy battle.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 21, 2016 ENLARGE



Like Your Privacy? Then Get Behind Apple’s Battle to Save It

The FBI is pressuring the tech giant to create a “back door” to gain access to everything on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Supposedly it would be a one-time-only thing. Don’t believe it.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 20, 2016 ENLARGE



In Privacy Fight, Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Seen as a Model of Civic Leadership From the Private Sector

Friends and close relations say that Cook—who this week published a letter explaining his decision to resist a federal order to make his customers’ private information vulnerable to theft and surveillance—is exercising his belief that “businesses and their leaders should think of themselves as important members of civic society,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in ‘Most Important Tech Case in a Decade’

To defend users’ privacy rights, Apple is refusing to give government encrypted iPhone data in the San Bernardino shooting case.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Apple’s Tim Cook

This week, it’s a no-brainer. Tim Cook is our Truthdigger of the Week for his willingness to take on the “1984”-like security state with a statement of principle on behalf of privacy.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



How Did Apple End Up in the Government’s Encryption Crosshairs?

The tech giant has positioned itself as a champion of privacy by engaging in a potentially momentous conflict with the federal government over encryption.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Why the Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports Apple in the Encryption Battle

“EFF applauds Apple for standing up for real security and the rights of its customers. We have been fighting to protect encryption, and stop backdoors, for over 20 years. That’s why EFF plans to file an amicus brief in support of Apple’s position.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Apple Will Fight Order to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will oppose a federal order to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters because compliance could undermine encryption for millions of other users.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



The NBA Presents an Instant Rivalry for the Age of Hyper-Engagement

In the past, sports rivalries—notably in baseball—evolved and played out over decades. The rise of the NBA shows how much things have changed.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Profiting From Misery: Are Human Rights Abuses Powering Your Smartphone?

An Amnesty International and Africa Resources Watch report traces the sale of cobalt, used in batteries for cellphones and electric cars, from mines where children work in “perilous conditions.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Apple Boss Says He’ll Resist U.K. Spy Law

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged Wednesday to resist the British government’s effort to gain access to digital users’ encrypted data through a proposed spying law.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Large U.S. Firms Hold $2.1 Trillion Overseas to Dodge Taxes

The 500 largest U.S. companies would owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes were it not for the more than $2.1 trillion in offshore cash that most of the firms hold in foreign tax havens, according to a study released this week.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



Enough of This Nonsense About Steve Jobs Being an Artist

The triumph of Steve Jobs, Apple and tech in general was ushering in a new language of business. The iPhone is not a hand-held computer; it is an “extension of oneself.” And Jobs and his disciples are not merely businessmen and technicians but also “poets and artists.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE



Ad-Blocking Software Is No. 1 Paid Mobile App in U.S.

Less than a day after the launch of Apple’s new operating system, software that allows mobile users to block advertisements shot to the top of apps charts worldwide.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 15, 2015 ENLARGE



Can Apple, Google and Facebook Save Us From Big Brother?

The big tech companies have the resources to launch a campaign for privacy that could change the world. As one scholar and researcher has written, “They may be our best chance out of this surveillance mess.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 10, 2015 ENLARGE



Government Wants to Improve Its Cybersecurity and Weaken Ours

The FBI wants tech companies to build “back doors” into encryption that protects user information but allows government to access the data. But even if that was OK with you, it wouldn’t work, says one expert.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Apple, Facebook, Google Missing From Tech Lineup Against TPP

More than 250 tech companies signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and denouncing regulatory language that appears in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


Here Comes the Apple Watch









Posted on Mar 12, 2015 ENLARGE



‘Ten Years Ago, the BBC and Apple Had the Same Global Revenues’

The British media giant has fallen behind the times; fighting the Islamic State group’s propaganda may require propaganda in turn; meanwhile, Nutella struggles to dissociate its chocolatey spread from fecal matter. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every cell in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


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