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Tech Giants Are Destroying Privacy, Producing Inequality and Undermining Democracy

Author Jonathan Taplin discusses how novelist Ayn Rand’s cruel libertarianism has permeated Google, Amazon, Facebook and the White House.

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Months After Calling the Prospect ‘Crazy,’ Facebook Brags About Its Ability to Swing Elections

A “made-for-Facebook creative strategy was an essential component” to Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election, the company says.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE



Beware of the World Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Are Making, The Observer Warns

“Facebook is the grim sign of something going seriously wrong in our economic model,” according to editors at the British newspaper.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE



Will Facebook’s System to Detect Fake News Lead to Censorship?

There’s a difference between muckraking and fake news. Determining the difference is too difficult for a computer, even one with the smartest kind of artificial intelligence.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE



Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voices in Battle for Equality

In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, social media gives women a way to air and share their views.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE



Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



Tech, Social Media Giants Create Task Force to Identify and Delete Online Terrorist Content

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have announced they will create a database—accessible by only the four companies—that shares “online terrorist content” deleted from their respective sites.

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 READ MORE



Obama and the Supreme Court Just Made it Easier for the FBI to Hack Your Computer

Government agents can now use warrants obtained from a single judge to hack computers in multiple jurisdictions rather than having to get a warrant for each jurisdiction.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



Twitter Says ‘No’ to Helping Build Muslim Registry

The Intercept reached out to nine tech companies, including Facebook, to see where they stand on helping the Trump administration track Muslims.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 READ MORE



Bad Faith Comes From More Than One Corner

Defeat has many parents, and buck-passing cannot be the national pastime.

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In His Final Show of the Year, John Oliver Asks What Happened and How Did We Get Here (Video)

The entire “Last Week Tonight” episode was dedicated to making sense of Donald Trump’s election by analyzing the roles of media and social media in our society, as well as asking viewers not to let an extremely abnormal situation become normalized. And then the host and many others yelled expletives at a terrible, good for nothing year: 2016.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Dozens of Groups Call on Facebook to End Censorship

As the social media giant comes under fire for its alleged censorship and tracking of activists and protesters, a coalition of more than 70 groups and individuals has demanded that it “clarify its policy on removing video and other content, especially human rights documentation, at the request of government actors.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Gave Data to a Firm Helping Police Track African-American Protesters

The social media companies’ leaders had previously expressed support for Black Lives Matter.

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‘Black Ops Advertising’ Dissects the Rise of Media Manipulation for Corporate Profit

The currency of maximum importance in our digital world is personal data, personal relationships and our very identities.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE


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Glenn Greenwald Calls Out Facebook for Working With Israeli Government on Censorship Plan

The investigative journalist made his case on The Intercept about the social media giant’s collaboration with Israeli officials to block content that government finds objectionable.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



In Austria, Sausage-Stand Owners Pay More in Taxes Than Google and Amazon

“Every Vienna café, every sausage stand pays more taxes in Austria than a global company. That’s true for Starbucks, Amazon and other companies,” said Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.

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Photo of the Week: Elon Musk’s Falcon 9, Up in Flames

That part of the left-wing mind that ranges from suspicion to rejection of the doctrine of private wealth was allowed a touch of schadenfreude when the billionaire’s dream flashed hues of yellow and orange before shaking buildings for several miles around.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Are Police So Afraid of Bold, Black Women Like Korryn Gaines?

It is incredible that during this time of heightened public awareness of police brutality, officers continue to behave with impunity.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



France’s Smartphone App Is Criticized for Its Slow Response to Tragedy in Nice

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, the French government launched a smartphone application to rapidly alert users of a breaking crisis. However, the app was reportedly three hours late in warning users of the crisis in Nice, France, on Thursday.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Convenience of Customized Advertising May Come at a High Price

Further erosions of privacy are likely as companies develop more and better methods for gathering information on internet users.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Digital Divide Afflicting American Politics

Rather than creating a community, the internet and social media have divided and disengaged us and set our politics adrift.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Border Patrol Could Start Asking for Social Media Account Information

The agency is proposing that visitors to the U.S. provide “information associated with [their] online presence” on visa applications.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



Gun Store Owner Says He Tipped FBI Off About Suspicious Customer Weeks Before Orlando Shooting

The FBI has some explaining to do. A gun store owner in Jensen Beach, Fla., has said that he alerted the intelligence agency’s West Palm Beach outpost about an incident involving a suspicious customer who turned out to be Pulse Orlando shooter Omar Mateen.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE



How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Others Used Social Media to Reframe News of Orlando Shooting

The Orlando massacre apparently looked quite different depending on the positions and ambitions of the various high-profile parties doing the work of interpreting Sunday’s tragedy.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Tech Leaders Take Sides in Clash Between Peter Thiel and Gawker Media

Facebook’s top brass is on board with Peter Thiel, but Amazon’s boss thinks he needs to toughen up.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Former NBA Player Calls Out Racist Train Rider

Etan Thomas, who once played for the Wizards, took to Facebook after a woman allegedly refused to let him take the seat next to her.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Beck: Facebook Meeting Felt ‘Like Affirmative Action for Conservatives’

The political pundit believes the tech company is not suppressing any political viewpoints, but he sees some troubling signs with the movement he loves.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE



Mark Zuckerberg Meets With Conservatives, Including Glenn Beck and a Donald Trump Adviser

The meeting, held at Facebook headquarters Wednesday, comes after allegations that employees of the tech giant have been censoring conservative news.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on May 15, 2016 ENLARGE



Facebook Needs to Be an Open Book on News Feeds

Charges that workers at the social media giant manipulated story choices should deeply concern its users.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook Denies Allegations That It Suppressed Conservative News

Former employees claim they altered the “trending” news section of the website to include stories that weren’t trending and to leave out conservative news sources.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE



Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region

Why should Facebook users come down harder on the Syrian leader than on the United States government when it comes to horrific actions and war crimes in that part of the world?

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Discusses What a Clinton Versus Trump Election Would Mean for Progressives

The Truthdig editor in chief spoke via Facebook Live on Friday and took questions from the Truthdig audience.

Posted on May 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump, the Emperor of Social Media

As FDR mastered radio and JFK conquered TV, Donald Trump rules the Internet like no other candidate.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Accuses Facebook of Censorship in Hillary Clinton Email Release

If WikiLeaks’ charge is valid, the tech behemoth that Mark Zuckerberg built could effectively be aiding the Democratic presidential hopeful in her efforts to keep those pesky emails from getting between her and the White House.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



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



Stop, Breathe and Think: Tips for Effective Pre-Election Posting

Those who are active on social media during this contentious presidential campaign may find themselves either firing off or being hit with nasty language, or both. Here’s some advice for more civilized participation in online exchanges.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



Today’s Causes Veer Toward Powerful Tweets, Away From Powerful Leaders

The protests of older generations—the 1960s civil rights movement, for example—were led by movement icons such as Martin Luther King Jr., but now the reach and power of social media give virtually everyone the chance to become a movement leader or influencer. 

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



How Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Philanthropy’ Lets Him Stash His Billions Without Paying Taxes

The wunderkind of Silicon Valley who co-founded Facebook and amassed roughly a gabillion dollars in personal wealth is now being hailed as a new giant of American altruism.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



To Win Back Our Democracy, We Must First Recognize That We Live in an ‘Expository Society’

Critical theorist Bernard Harcourt coined the term to describe our present culture, in which authorities consolidate their power by exploiting our eagerness to volunteer personal information through technology and social media.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



‘Poor Internet for Poor People’: Indians Resist Facebook’s Bid to Seize Control of Their Service

Since spring 2015, activists in India have been waging a fierce campaign to stop the tech giant from taking charge of the country’s Internet service through its “Free Basics” program.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Will Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $45 Billion Charitable Pledge Be Good for America?

He and his wife have announced their intention to give 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charitable causes over the duration of their lives.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



Top Tech Companies Get Failing Grade on Privacy Rights

The most comprehensive assessment to date of the user agreement policies of Facebook, Google and Microsoft says the world’s top tech companies are failing when it comes to privacy and freedom of expression.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Authorities Shift Blame for Certain Fatal Police Shootings Onto the Dead

Several fatal shootings by police around the U.S. are being ruled as “suicides by cop.” Are officials too eager to explain away the use of deadly force?

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



Big Tech May Be Getting Way Too Big—Here’s Why

In this new Gilded Age, Big Tech—along with Big Pharma, giant health insurance companies, Big Agriculture and the largest banks on Wall Street—is dominating our economy and our politics.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



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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