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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Give Us Your Fertile Years: Apple and Facebook Will Pay to Freeze Your Eggs

At the intersection of good intentions and just-plain-weird, two of the biggest tech companies are offering their female employees an unusual benefits package.

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Don’t Worry About Salt, Sugar’s the Real Culprit in Our Health Epidemic

After years of telling us salt is bad for us, some health workers have changed their tune; CNN’s Fareed Zakaria doesn’t seem to have stopped plagiarizing even after he was discovered doing so; meanwhile, Israel’s nuclear weapon stock needs to be talked about. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Social Networks Diminish Personal Well-Being, Researchers Say

Two researchers set out to determine “whether the use of online networks reduces subjective well-being and if so, how,” the MIT Technology Review reports.

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Read This Now: Two Reasons Why Facebook Wants to Fix Obnoxious Headlines

Through the perverse economics of Internet journalism, Facebook has become essential to the revenue of virtually every publication, including this one. So the social network’s promise to cut down on spammy, deceptive posts has many sites atwitter.

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I’ll Trade My Facebook Profile in Exchange for Job Security

Researchers are predicting that increasing numbers of people will be willing to give their employers access to their social media profiles in order to keep their jobs, according to a study reported in The Guardian.

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Digital Cheese

Some bloggers claim to be outraged by Facebook social experiments, but anybody not expecting to be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and numbered is probably a big fan of the tooth fairy and still drinking juice out of a sippy cup, wearing footy pajamas.

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Iran Sentences Facebook Protesters to 127 Years in Prison

Eight “youths” in Iran were sentenced to an average of almost 16 years in prison for speaking out against their government, state media and Sky News reported Monday.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby, Facebook’s Big Experiment

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the significance of the 280,000 jobs added to the economy, the corporate personhood aspect of the Hobby Lobby ruling, military action spawned by the killing of three teenagers in Israel, and Facebook’s manipulation of news feeds.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



How the Pentagon Is Flushing Our Money Down the Toilet

The Pentagon is wasting taxpayer dollars on unnecessarily overpriced items like one $600 toilet seat; meanwhile, Virginia cops want to photograph a teenage boy’s erect genitalia as part of their investigation; meanwhile, some thinkers hold that Facebook may be good for science. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby Fallout and Facebook

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the reliability of the new jobs numbers, the anti-choice Hobby Lobby ruling, the killing of three teenagers in Israel and whether Facebook was manipulating news feeds to assess users in its social experiments.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Scariest Part of the Facebook Emotion Study

Facebook’s manipulation of users is only half the story; two men in Georgia have already proven why the “Guns Everywhere Law” is idiotic; meanwhile, the fact that the majority of the current Supreme Court justices are Catholic has a bearing on the tribunal’s decisions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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France’s Former President Nicolas Sarkozy Being Held by Authorities Pending Corruption Charges

Police are looking into whether the ex-president of France received illegal campaign donations from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi; Facebook has been manipulating users all along it seems; meanwhile, scientists have discovered a human protein can clean drinking water. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Pierre Omidyar: ‘The New Face of an Old Imperial Tradition’

The eBay and First Look Media founder (shown) is a walking contradiction when it comes to his “progressive anti-state image” and his actions to further the “global neoliberal agenda”; Facebook may wield control over votes in elections; meanwhile, more than half of congressional members are millionaires and have no idea what it’s like to be poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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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.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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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.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE


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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