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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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?

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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.

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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



Facebook Is Diving Into the Presidential Race. Yes, You Should Be Worried.

Experts say, for instance, that if the social media behemoth knows you’re a liberal woman in Oregon who wants to protect the environment, it can tailor ads to make a politician appear to be in line with your ideals, even if that isn’t entirely the case.

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Real or Fake: Does the Beme App Live Up to Its Promise of ‘Authentic’ Social Media?

The release a couple of weeks ago of Casey Neistat’s new app has been met with fawning media coverage, and most of it falls headfirst for the premise that this is a tool that allows social media users to access—and exhibit—our “real selves.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Germany Rejects Facebook’s Real-Name Policy

Germany has taken on the global social media site by ruling that its real-name policy violates German citizens’ right to privacy.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Cornel West Blasts Ta-Nehisi Coates for Perceived Obama Worship

The literati darling Ta-Nehisi Coates received some daunting criticism Thursday via Facebook. Political commentator and professor Dr. Cornel West has countered Toni Morrison’s glowing comparison of the author to James Baldwin with a politically charged status update.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



Privacy Is Freedom

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points to Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision in SCOTUS’ 2014 cell phone wiretapping case, which affirmed that the ideas embodied in the Fourth Amendment represent the basic idea that sparked the American Revolution.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE



African-Americans Make Up Less Than 2 Percent of Facebook and Twitter Staff

Despite the rainbow nature of their users, recent statistics reveal a staggering lack of workforce diversity.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Gawker’s Founder Has Doubts About the Facebook Model of Journalism

The man who “has probably done more than any individual to loosen up the mainstream media” is having second thoughts about the click-baiting model of reporting that his media empire helped make standard today.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE



What We Know (and Don’t Know) About This Year’s Bilderberg Meeting

What could possibly be sinister about leaders of the world’s most powerful companies and countries meeting in closed sessions on an Austrian mountaintop to discuss global strategy?

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Emoti-Conned: Facebook’s Messenger App Tracks Users’ Very Specific Coordinates

Facebook users who already feel a tad ambivalent about the social media behemoth’s extensive privacy issues might want to sit down for this squirm-inducing update on that front.

Posted on May 28, 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


VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Explains How to Keep Your Data Away From the NSA

In an April interview with acTVism Munich, Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald explains how tech giants were “eager” to cooperate with the National Security Agency and offers important advice that individuals can follow to make it harder for the NSA to collect private data.

Posted on May 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


Interview: Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex (Part 1)

In the first part of a wide-ranging, seven-part discussion about Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You,” Scheer says the U.S. government and private industry have merged to turn the Internet into a massive machine for simultaneously selling to and spying on Americans.

Posted on May 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Open Veins, Healing Wounds in Latin America

For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



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Surveillance State Repeal Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is sponsoring the proposed law with the help of five other House members, including Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. When Congress returns from recess next week, Pocan plans to present the bill in an effort to repeal parts of the Patriot Act.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Speaks With Seattle About Privacy and Surveillance

The Truthdig editor-in-chief spoke about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” at a town hall event in Seattle.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Once Upon a Time, There Was Free Child Care in America

Believe it or not, there was a time when the U.S. government funded “on-site, affordable, education-based child care 24 hours a day.” But would this sort of service be possible to implement in today’s America?

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



Is the Democratic Party Committing Suicide?

A writer argues that progressives should be wary of following the Democratic Party down a path of self-destruction; Facebook is now cited in a third of divorce cases in the U.K. as evidence of “inappropriate behavior”; and applicants can now read what college admissions committees write about them during their decision process. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



Multitasking: It’s Dangerous and It Doesn’t Really Exist

Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin summarizes the latest research into the neurological effects of so-called multitasking in a world where email, Facebook and instant messaging demand our attention more or less constantly.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Beware of the Tracking Cookie You Just Can’t Kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE


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