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Our Digital Devices Are Putting a Strain on the Climate

Growing reliance on smart technologies is leading to a rapid rise in electricity demand that will push up carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Decisive and Tremendous Win’ for Net Neutrality as D.C. Court Upholds Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission acted within its jurisdiction when it enacted sweeping net neutrality regulations last year.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



Los Angeles Press Club Nominates Truthdig for 20 Southern California Journalism Awards

Journalists from press clubs around the United States selected the finalists, and winners will be announced June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Vote for Truthdig to Win Webby Award for Best Political Blog/Website

It happened again, and we couldn’t be more honored: Truthdig has been nominated in the “Political Blog/Websites” category for the 2016 Webby Awards. Vote for us, and help us win a People’s Voice Webby.

Posted on Apr 5, 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



Angela Merkel: ‘Multiculturalism Leads to Parallel Societies’ and Is a ‘Sham’

In the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis, the German chancellor is calling some things like they are; the fact that Donald Trump gets so much more media coverage than Bernie Sanders is hurting political discourse; meanwhile, the Internet is actually getting slower. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



The TPP: A Time Bomb That Could Blow Up a Free Internet

The copyright provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership could curtail Internet users’ basic access to information and right of self-expression on the Web, criminalizing common online activities and enforcing widespread Internet censorship.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE



U.K. Police ‘to Be Given Powers to View Everyone’s Entire Internet History’

The power will reportedly be included in the British government’s new surveillance bill, to be published next week.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



A ‘Yelp’-Style App for Rating People Is Coming, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying

Set to launch in November, the “Peeple” app will allow you to rate everyone in your life on a scale of one to five stars—and, of course, they’ll be able to do the same to you.

Posted on Sep 30, 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


VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’: Whistleblower Describes NSA ‘Installation’ at AT&T

Mark Klein, a former AT&T communications technician who became a whistleblower, has been aware for many years of the unconstitutionally cozy relationship his onetime employer has shared with the National Security Agency, but as he tells Amy Goodman on Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” he didn’t know everything.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Google Will Become ‘Alphabet’ in Biggest Change in the Company’s History

“Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one,” said co-founder Larry Page in Monday’s surprise announcement.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE



Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Comeback: ‘We Are Drowning in Material’

In an interview, Assange describes WikiLeaks’ recent progress, saying that the site now “has more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.”

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



Cybersecurity, Encryption and the Golden Age of Surveillance

The governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Julian Assange Is Denied Asylum in France

The WikiLeaks founder appealed to President Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Google Listening Software Installed on Computers Without Consent

For a company whose governing motto has been “Don’t be evil,” this move seems to confirm some of the worst fears of privacy and Internet rights activists.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver: If You Don’t Think Online Harassment’s a Big Deal, Congratulations on Your White Penis

After listing several examples of how the Internet is being used to ruin some people’s lives (especially women’s), HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host advocates for a shift in the way we think about the now seemingly ubiquitous Web.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



How Something as Simple as Clearing Your Internet Browsing Data Could Get You Locked Up

This story will make you think twice before you delete your browser history.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE


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Truthdig Nominated for Webby Award in Political Blog/Websites Category

Well, this is a real honor: Truthdig is grateful to be a 2015 Webby Awards nominee for Best Political Blog/Website. Needless to say, we’re in some good company.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE


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Reporters Without Borders Paves Access to 9 Banned Websites in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and More

Reporters Without Borders has made copies of sites banned in several countries in order to allow readers access to previously censored “independently-reported news and information.” But the nonprofit organization hasn’t stopped there.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Robert Scheer: Liberation and Enslavement in the Same Tool

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes how leaders in business and government abuse the Internet to deprive people of the privacy that is essential to the creation of a strong, independent self.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE



Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

As the crowds swelled in Tahrir Square in 2011, the power of the Internet as a force for social change was being demonstrated hour by hour. Which brings us to net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



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The Activists Won: FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest-Ever Protection of Internet Freedom

For a while there, Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission chairman and former cable and wireless lobbyist, looked as if he was going to bow to his old paymasters on net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



What’s Really Happening With China’s Great Firewall

Three popular services that allow users in China to view otherwise-censored content have experienced outages over the past few days, a sign of increasing government efforts to limit what Chinese users can read on the Internet.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



Why Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide the Cheap, Fast Internet Obama Wants You to Have

Obama hailed the benefits of an open Internet in his State of the Union address. Here’s what it is and how he’s trying to make it happen.

Posted on Jan 24, 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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Why Staying Warm All Year Round May Be Hurting Your Health

There are benefits to being cold that many modern humans aren’t taking advantage of; the president of Argentina recently adopted a boy to save him from becoming a “werewolf”; meanwhile, Hinduism has been seeping into Hollywood movies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Is to Blame for North Korea’s Internet Collapse?

Wait—North Korea has the Internet?

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ as U.S. Unofficially Blames North Korea

Seth Rogen’s comedy about the fictional assassination of real-life North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will not get its day in court, or theaters, as it were.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Greed Is a Paywall Blocking Human Knowledge

Journals like Science and other paid subscription sources should make their content available to the public for free.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Google Is Replacing the CAPTCHA With Creepy Human-Detecting Algorithms

This is one form of electronic surveillance that is entirely worth it.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE


Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE


Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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?

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE


Porn Stars Show Us What the Internet Would Be Like Without Net Neutrality

Still confused about the meaning of net neutrality? Watch a few adult film stars explain it in terms even Sen. Ted Cruz will understand in a new Funny or Die clip.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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FCC Chair Sounds Like He’s Going to Ignore President Obama’s Plan to Save the Internet

According to a report in The Washington Post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former cable and telecom lobbyist, is prepared to embarrass the president and annoy millions of Americans all at the same time.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The Internet Won’t Let Bill Cosby Ignore Rape Allegations

The iconic comedian’s social media team invited the world to promote its boss Monday. Things didn’t go as planned.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



Internet Liberty at Stake in Obama World Wide Web Policy

President Obama’s support of net neutrality is welcome, but there are many problems with it. 

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Verbally Endorses Protection of Net Neutrality

President Obama called Monday for “the strongest possible rules to protect” the open Internet and voiced opposition to proposals by cable and telecom companies to create fast lanes on the Internet for users who can afford to pay.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


Julian Assange: Google’s Basic Business Model ‘Same as the NSA’s’

In a conversation with “Imaginary Lines” host Chris Spannos, WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange discussed his new book, “When Google Met WikiLeaks,” which is based on a conversation Assange had with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Quantum Computers Are Coming, and Here’s How to Process That Information

There are potential positives and negatives in this equation.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE


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