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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Facebook Solar Drones Aim to Transmit Internet to Just About Everywhere

Facebook’s planned drone program competes with Google’s Project Loon for global dominance in the race to make the Internet available to all earthlings. 

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Tech Giants Knew About NSA Surveillance

The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency said Wednesday that U.S. technology companies such as Yahoo and Google were fully in the know about the spy agency’s widespread collection of their customers’ data, contrary to claims they made at the time those programs became publicly known.

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Top Attempts by Dictators to Shut Down Twitter in Mideast (Including Turkey’s PM Erdogan)

Trying to close down social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has been a desperate ploy of dictatorial regimes throughout the world.

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Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

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Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Mark Zuckerberg Dropped President Obama a Line to Complain About NSA Surveillance

Because when you’re the 20-something bajillionaire CEO of Facebook, you can do this kind of thing: Mark Zuckerberg revealed, via a post on the social networking site he built, of course, that he called President Obama to air his grievances about the government’s privacy issues.

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Study: Facebook Use Linked to Eating Disorders Among College Women

Researchers at Florida State University learned that female students who use Facebook frequently are more likely to claim an eating disorder, and those who browsed for just 20 minutes reported more body dissatisfaction than others.

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Censorship: Turkish PM, President Tangle Over Bruited Ban on Facebook, YouTube

President Abdullah Gul has rejected a suggestion by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey might ban Facebook and Twitter.

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Two New Privacy Tools to Keep Your Secrets Safe

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Inequality, Productivity and WhatsApp

If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.

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A Republican San Francisco Ahead?

“If the national Republican Party stops being a home for theocrats, war-mongerers, and xenophobic white men and drifts closer to a small-government, libertarian worldview that eventually makes peace with immigration, LGBT rights and abortion, it might gain traction in affluent, secular, and largely non-white San Francisco,” a contributor at The Bold Italic writes.

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Can Anyone Guess What Facebook Just Spent $19 Billion On?

The tech world is in shock over Facebook’s latest big ticket purchase.

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The Risk of Relying on Terms of Service

The taking down without explanation from Facebook of a photo of a Syrian man who was killed demonstrates the danger of creating activist networks in digital places that are owned and operated by corporations that have an interest in cooperating with power, a contributor to Techdirt writes.

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Selling Your Secrets

Over the last eight months, journalists have dug deep into documents made available by Edward Snowden to reveal that the world of NSA mass surveillance involves close partnerships with a series of companies most of us have never heard of that design or probe the software we all take for granted to help keep our digital lives humming along.

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Facebook Does News With New ‘Paper’ App

Facebook already has one of the more popular mobile apps and 1.2 billion users, so why is the social behemoth competing with itself?

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

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Why Are Teens Leaving Facebook in Droves?

The omni-popular social media network is losing esteem among 16- 18-year-olds in the European Union who are trying their best to disassociate themselves from the site. And the reason behind this mass exodus? Parents, of course.

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Walmart’s Cashing In on the Occupy Movement

For $52 you can own a poster of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, courtesy of Walmart; police officers in Texas can get search warrants based on a future crime they somehow foresee; meanwhile, a group of editors is trying to correct varied translations on Wikipedia. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Ethiopia’s Becoming More Homophobic As We Speak

While conditions are improving in many places for the LGBT community, Ethiopia is treating gays like terrorists; a Christian education curriculum convinces children universal health care is ungodly; meanwhile, a Microsoft researcher tells parents to stop worrying about their kids’ social media habits. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Twitter Toughens Encryption in Cat and Mouse Game With NSA

The microblogging site has added a tougher encryption protocol previously implemented by Google and Facebook to help combat NSA spying.

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Top U.S. Tech Firms Fund ‘Extreme’ Right-Wing Causes

The link between tech and the right wing was confirmed in a report by a lobbying watchdog that shows some of America’s largest technology and telecom companies “are backing a network of self-styled ‘free-market thinktanks’ promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation,” The Guardian reports.

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Twitter Flies High in Stock Debut

Love it or hate it, but Twitter, the social-media stalwart that got everyone thinking in 140 characters or less, was the darling of the NYSE on Thursday after TWTR shares closed 73 percent higher than the preset IPO asking price of $26.

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Facebook May Join Forces With Police to Thwart Protests

Independent journalist Kenneth Lipp attended a law enforcement conference in Philadelphia on Monday in which he discovered that soon authorities may have control over what’s posted on social media sites. This includes allowing people to plan demonstrations using sites such as Facebook.

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NSA Harvests Millions of Personal Online Contact Lists

In an astoundingly broad sweep, the National Security Agency has been collecting personal online contact lists from tens of millions of Americans through instant message log-in systems, such as Facebook. And it has evaded legal proscriptions on domestic spying by collecting the data from offshore collection points, The Washington Post reports.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Laurent Beccaria and Patrick Saint-Exupéry

The editor and publisher of the French journal XXI show that in France and America, journalism is not dead—though the common wisdom is trying to kill it.

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NSA Creates Social Profiles of U.S. Citizens

The agency that brought you warrantless mass spying exploits its huge database to create detailed graphs of Americans’ social connections, identifying their associates, locations, traveling companions and other personal information, newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials reveal.

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They’re Not Exactly Tech Companies

Why do we call businesses like Google, Facebook and Twitter “tech” companies when most of what they do—and the source of most of their revenue—is advertising, sociologist Darwin Bondgraham asks in The Washington Spectator.

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Twitter Tweets It’s Going Public

Following in Facebook’s footsteps, the social media site has filed for an IPO; a pastor who believed he could “rape away the gay” in several teens will not serve time in prison; and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent New York Times’ op-ed caused a stir, but it wasn’t his first byline in U.S. newspapers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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California Students’ Social Media Being Stalked

As if the NSA spying on our every move weren’t enough, now kids have to watch what they say online in and out of school. Some 13,000 middle and high school students in Southern California will have their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts scrutinized by social media monitoring service Geo Listening.

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Pavlov’s Dog Meets Social Media

Robert Morris and Dan McDuff, Ph.D. students at MIT, noticed they were wasting a combined 50 hours per week on Facebook. Their solution to decreasing excessive usage? Pavlov’s Poke.

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Taxpayer Money Used to Cover PRISM Compliance Costs

Top-secret material passed to The Guardian shows that the National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to help major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook cover the cost of certification for participating in the PRISM surveillance program.

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How Much Is Your Personal Data Worth?

It’s no secret that companies are consistently increasing the amount of intel they collect on Internet users in order to target ads effectively, but have you ever wondered what that information is valued at? One user, who’s been unashamedly hiding from advertisers by using blockers, has decided to calculate just how much money giving up his privacy could make him.

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‘Likes’ Are Not Sure Indicators of Popularity or Quality

Huge numbers of “likes” appearing on social networking sites such as Facebook have been found to originate in “click farms” in places like Dhaka, Bangladesh, where low-paid workers spend long hours punching keys to artificially inflate the online popularity of client companies.

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Sheryl Sandberg Leans In

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Facebook Reveals User Information Exposed in Data Breach

The world’s largest social networking company acknowledged late Friday that a technical flaw in its system inadvertently allowed the phone numbers and email addresses of 6 million users over the past year to be accessed by unauthorized viewers.

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Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

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‘Where’s the Outrage Over Private Snooping?’

Americans and some elected officials are up in arms over revelations that the NSA is collecting and storing vast quantities of their personal data. But why aren’t people upset that private companies trade the same information between themselves?

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Obama Tries to Downplay Surveillance Programs

Caught in the act of secretly spying on millions of Americans, the president is trying to minimize the damage done to his public reputation, including among his most devoted supporters.

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