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Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Let the People Know—Put Full Texts of Government Contracts Online

Each year hundreds of billions of dollars in federal government contracts, grants, leaseholds and licenses are awarded to corporations. Taxpayers should be able to easily access clear and concise information on how their tax dollars are being spent by the government at all levels.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr / Tarter Time Photography (CC-BY-SA)

Groups Push to Make Doctors’ Performance Records Public Again

Journalism and patient advocacy organizations are fighting against a recent decision by the Obama administration to shut down public access to an online database of doctor malpractice and disciplinary records.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Dana Spiegel

Glenn Greenwald on the Growing Surveillance State

Days after two British men were sentenced to four years in prison for using Facebook to incite disorder that never materialized, Glenn Greenwald writes fluently and concisely about the efforts of governments to maintain power and order by controlling the flow of information and communication online.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE


Google and Facebook Are Secretly Feeding You Information Junk Food

Former MoveOn.org Executive Director Eli Pariser (a name you may recognize from your inbox) explains how sites such as Facebook and Google are quietly creating a personalized Internet that removes content that may be challenging, uncomfortable or important.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Help Stop Destruction of the Free Internet Now

The recent FCC decision to “protect” the free and open Internet was long awaited by activists but it turned out to be smoke and mirrors, catering largely to service providers such as Comcast and AT&T.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Flair Candy

Americans Bingeing on Internet’s Info-Buffet

If it is true that “how you do one thing is how you do everything,” then Americans are right on track with their consumption habits, both in terms of food and information. Among his observations, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson points out how the info-glut on the Internet doesn’t exactly lead to a more accurately informed public.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


Push for More Transparency.gov

In a push for increased government transparency, the Obama administration has announced it will require each Cabinet-level department to post online three collections of “high-value” data—covering everything from tire safety ratings to workplaces where injuries have occurred—previously undisclosed to the public.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch vs. Google (and Reality)

In an interview with Sky News Australia, the News Corp. tycoon laid out his vision for the future of the news business, which bears little resemblance to the present state of the news business. Murdoch said he would soon begin charging for online content, block Google searches and ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Torture
rebelreports.com

What Torture Never Told Us

Many intelligence professionals have categorically disapproved of torture, claiming it both ineffective and counterproductive. Former FBI agent Ali H. Soufan writes of the mountains of good information uncovered with traditional interrogation procedures in contrast to the erroneous and unproductive intelligence gleaned from torture.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Husky

Wikipedia Muzzles the Mob

The online user-generated encyclopedia will require editors to approve changes to articles about living people, an effort to curb misinformation and the sometimes nasty food fights made possible by the site’s pioneering format. The changes are either a direct assault on Wikipedia’s soul or a sign of its growing maturity, depending on whom you ask.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Getting Off the Grid

Today’s technology revolutions have been rightfully celebrated for improving everything from education to medicine to commerce, but we don’t often consider the psychological and societal consequences of always being connected and available.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 READ MORE


Elizabeth Edwards
Flickr / NCBrian

Elizabeth Edwards Takes On the Media

Elizabeth Edwards has some insight into the media’s coverage of presidential campaigns, which she brings to a thoughtful Op-Ed in this Sunday’s New York Times. Beyond the current campaign, Edwards warns, “the future of news is not bright.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Earth

It Came From Corporate America!

Freespeech.org has this entertaining take on the privatization of the Internet, a medium that was once public, open and collaborative, but has since been taken over by corporate juggernauts. It’s not something we all think about, but it wasn’t so long ago that the Internet was organized around information and education, as opposed to shopping.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart
comedycentral.com

‘Daily Show’ Viewers Know More

According to the latest Pew Research survey, the most knowledgeable Americans are regular viewers of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” and avid newspaper readers. At the other end of the spectrum are viewers of Fox News and morning shows.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Lonely Planet

News organizations continue to close bureaus around the world at a time when Americans seem to know less than ever about other cultures. It’s hard to know why they hate us when we’re not entirely sure who they are.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


The Benefits of Slow Journalism

Is Justice Ruth Ginsburg in poor health, or did she just lose a shoe? The answer depends on how quickly—and accurately—you get your news.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


Wikipedia Changes Policy After Poster Is Exposed

The popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which draws its content from countless anonymous contributions, will institute safeguards following revelations about the identity of one of its most industrious contributors. Ryan Jordan, under the name “Essjay,” wrote thousands of articles for the site while claiming to be a theology professor but was exposed by The New Yorker as a 24-year-old college dropout.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Pregnancy Centers Giving False Info on Abortion

From the Wash Po: “Federally funded ‘pregnancy resource centers’ are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma….”
Surprise, surprise.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


Tax Dollars to Fund Study on Restricting Public Data

According to USA Today: “The federal government will pay a Texas law school $1 million to do research aimed at rolling back the amount of sensitive data available to the press and public through freedom-of-information requests.”
Seriously, this s*#t just got ridiculous; the Bush administration is already the most secrecy-crazed in the 20th century. Now it needs more layers of secrecy?

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


N.Y. Times arrested
Mike Luckovich

Robert Scheer: A Disgraceful Attack on the New York Times

The Bush administration is starting to sound like a two-bit dictatorship by insisting that the media shouldn’t have the right to report on the government’s prosecution of the so-called “war on terror.”

  • UPDATE: The House passed a resolution condemning the N.Y. Times for its reporting.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush and N.Y. Times editor Bill Keller

    Bush Condemns, Keller Defends Bank Data Story

    President Bush said the N.Y. Times’ disclosures about the administration’s bank data-mining program did “great harm to the United States of America.” The Times’ editor, Bill Keller, said “nobody should think that we made this decision casually, with any animus toward the current administration, or without fully weighing the issues.”

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Swift and the CIA
    Swift: swift.org / CIA: fas.org

    Feds Secretly Reviewed Bank Data to Fight Terror

    Under a post 9/11 Bush administration program, CIA agents officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database called SWIFT, examining banking transactions involving thousands of Americans without specific warrants in each case. (This program is working in parallel with the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping system)

  • The N.Y. Times has the scoop
  • The Washington Post has government officials confirming the story
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    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Suskind: Western Union Gave Transfer Info to Feds

    In the wake of 9/11, the parent company of Western Union gave the FBI information on financial transactions and wire transfers, Ron Suskind charges in his new book, “The One Percent Doctrine.”

    Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Former Aide Testifies About Abramoff, Bush Official Bribery Scheme

    A former congressional aide described how he used insider information from a Bush official to advance projects for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. His testimony implicated four GOP House members.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    EU Court Blocks Airline Data-Sharing Agreement

    Post 9/11, the U.S. penned a deal demanding that airlines submit 34 pieces of passenger information including names, addresses and credit card info. The EU Parliament has opposed the deal from the beginning, arguing that it does not guarantee adequate data protection, and now the European Court of Justice has annulled it.  Washington has threatened big fines for noncompliance in the past. Privacy? Data protection? How un-American!

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Authorities Mining More Corporate Data for Personal Information

    We learn from the Wall Street Journal that banks, Internet service providers and other companies are being besieged by law enforcement authorities who want to pore over their corporate data in hunting for clues in criminal cases.
    Just another example of how the government is going through personal records.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Choice Point
    gregpalast.com

    Will the Real ‘Big Brother’ Please Stand Up…

    When the government can’t legally dig up your medical records, call histories and voter registration information, it turns to the data mining company ChoicePoint—which has sucked up over $1 billion in federal contracts.
    Do. Not. Miss. this article on how the frightening industry of data mining works.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Feds Tracking ABC News Phone Calls in Leak Hunt

    A “senior law enforcement official” has told ABC News that the government, in trying to root out confidential sources, is tracking the phone numbers the news organization calls.
    Maybe we should just start calling him George “Big Brother” Bush.
    Update: An official acknowledges its “backtracking” of journalists’ phone records.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    I Want to Spy on You
    hardnewsnow.com

    Bush: Spy Program Isn’t ‘Mining’ Private Info

    “We’re not mining or trolling though the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans,’’ Bush says, without directly addressing the NSA program reported in USA Today.

  • Meanwhile, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter demands that phone company executives testify before Congress about the data they provided to the NSA.
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    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    David Shuster

    David Shuster Dissects the Spin on Leakgate

    Watch for the classic video clips of Bush claiming that he didn’t know who was leaking sensitive information.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal
    Zuade Kaufman

    ‘This Place Is Broken’: The Gore Vidal Interview Part II

    Gore Vidal on fascism, terrorism and wartime propaganda. Part II of Truthdig’s interview with the award-winning novelist. (earlier: part I)

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Says He Has Power to Declassify Info

    Apparently both he and President Bush have this power, but the VP was mum on details. The disclosure, in his interview with Fox News, could lay the groundwork for a criminal defense of his former chief of staff, Scooter Libby.
    Read the full text of his interview here.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Google graphic

    In Google, Yahoo, Should We Trust?

    For years, we’ve been supplying the oracles of Google and Yahoo with the most intimate details our personal health, political leanings, and secret obsessions.

    The government is already combing through Internet archives.

    Mark Malseed, co-author of the international bestseller “The Google Story,” argues that it’s time we started asking better questions about our queries.

    Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE



    C-SPAN via ThinkProgress

    McClellan Ducks Bush-Abramoff Questions

    Bush’s spokesman shows a remarkable knack for being able to pounce on new information when it may hurt Democrats, and for being unable to process new information when it may be damaging to the president. | video and transcript

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Did Cheney OK Libby’s Leak of Secret Info?

    Vice President Cheney’s indicted former top aide, Scooter Libby, has told a grand jury that his “superiors” granted him permission to give secret information to reporters to help bolster the White House’s case for war on Iraq. | story

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE


    AOL and Victorias Secret
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    You’ve Got Jail

    In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria’s Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain “Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt.” AOL made me do it.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Finally, Brokers Get Sued for Selling Private Phone Records

    Illinois becomes the first state to bring suit against companies that sell logs of private phone calls. | story

    Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


    UK Gov’t. Tries To Cover Up Its Use Of Torture-Stained Intel

    As Daily Kos puts it, “The British government is trying to prevent the publication of memos which detail how information procured by torture in Uzbekistan is being used by the US and the UK.” The Independent has the story.

    Posted on Dec 30, 2005 READ MORE


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