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Ted Stevens
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Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Is Frightening

As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is in charge of bills that control the future of the Internet (like Net Neutrality). So you’ll understand why we at Truthdig start crying when we read about the 85-year-old’s feeble grasp of this world-changing technology. A few Stevens quotes:

  • “An internet was sent by my staff at 10 o?clock…”
  • “What happens to your own personal internet…?”

  • Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


    game screenshot
    From EA

    Pentagon Shows Stunning Naivete in Video Game Flap

    Supposed Internet experts, working off $7 million in public money, reported to the Pentagon and to Congress that terrorists are retooling American video games for use as recruitment tools. Problem is, it wasn’t the terrorists who did the retooling; it was American fans—something a 10-year-old could have discovered by using Google…(more)

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Save the Internet (Today)!

    The Senate is due to vote Wednesday on the Net Neutrality bill.
    Click here and CALL. YOUR. SENATOR.
    Otherwise, when AT&T is deciding which content streams fastest to your computer, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    NSA illustration
    From Salon.com

    Salon: Is the NSA Spying on U.S. Internet Traffic?

    Two former AT&T workers have told Salon that the telecom company has maintained a secret, highly secured room in a St. Louis network operations center where, the two workers were told, employees have been “monitoring network traffic.” Salon’s security experts say the operation has all the hallmarks of an NSA operation.

  • Summary
  • Full story (Reg. or ad-watching req’d.)
  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Officials Seeing New Home-Grown Terror Cells

    This is according to Scott Redd, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. These groups of Islamic radicals are made up of disaffected men in their teens and 20s who draw moral inspiration from Al Qaeda and use the Internet to organize and plan potential attacks.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems Closing Fundraising Gap with GOP

    Even RNC chairman Ken Mehlman says that the Internet has proved much more lucrative for Democratic candidates than it has for Republicans.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Net Neutrality Gets Boost From House Panel

    The panel recommended a version of the Net neutrality bill that would bar telecom companies from charging premium fees for Web companies that sell video and other content.
    This is far from a full victory, but it’s a step in that direction.

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Strange Bedfellows
    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Blockbuster Report: AT&T Allows NSA to Spy on Entire Internet

    This is the big one, folks. Wired News unearths internal AT&T documents that show how the telecom company, at the behest of the government, built “secret rooms” in cities across America that enable the NSA “to look at every individual message on the Internet and analyze exactly what people are doing.”

  • Story and AT&T internal documents
  • Wired News explains why it published the story

  • Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Telecom Companies Masquerading as Concerned Citizens

    Companies like AT&T and BellSouth are backing an organization claiming to be saving the Internet by keeping it free of “burdensome and unnecessary regulation.” But that’s nonsense. They’re the ones that want to put toll lanes on the Internet. (These are the same companies that reportedly handed over America’s phone records to the NSA.)
    Buzzflash sorts it out.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Porn Industry Beats Hollywood to Internet DVDs

    Pornography titan Vivid Entertainment will sell adult films through the Internet that can be burned to DVDs and watched on TVs. “Leave it to the porn industry once again to take the lead on this stuff,” says a think-tank analyst.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE



    Courtesy Warner Independent Pictures

    ‘Scanning’ the Darkness of Our War on Drugs

    In this summer’s most talked-about movie, “A Scanner Darkly,” Keanu Reeves stars as an undercover narcotics agent losing his grip on reality in an America that has lost the war on drugs. True, the film is a warning call, but might it also inadvertently channel us toward the very dystopia it is warning against?
    This article ran in May, but we’re trotting it out again because the movie just hit theaters this week.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Net Neutrality
    From COA News

    Free the Internet: The Movie

    If you’re disturbed by the thought of Internet service providers deciding which websites you can have access to, watch this short, entertaining and disturbing movie that crystalizes the battle now being waged over this issue in Washington and the blogosphere.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Save the Internet (No Joke)

    A coalition of conservatives and progressives has formed to defeat a law that would allow Internet provider companies to decide which sites load up the fastest—based on who pays them the most. Such a law would upend the even playing field that every site on the Web now enjoys. Check it out and contact your congressperson.
    When a right-wing blog like Instapundit and a left-wing organization like MoveOn.org get together on something, it’s worth paying attention to.

    Posted on Apr 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Cell Phones Set to Dial For Dollars

    PayPal will now allow users to buy goods and exchange money using their cell phones.
    Sweet! It’s been getting far too hard to blow money on impulse items in recent years.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Defeat Net Neutrality Proposal

    Remember John Edwards’ “Two Americas”? Well, a House subcommittee just moved us closer to a country of “Two Internets,” in which only the wealthy will enjoy the fastest connection speeds.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Google’s Wi-Fi Plan Stirs Big Brother Concerns

    The company’s free wireless service in San Francisco would allow Google to monitor all its users’ whereabouts—ostensibly to serve up location-specific advertising.
    The feeling you just got? That would be the hairs on the back on your neck rising.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Homeland Official Charged in Internet Child Seduction Case

    Homeland Security Dept.‘s deputy press secretary allegedly tried to seduce a Florida sheriff’s detective who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
    Troubling for two reasons: (a) This shows the moral fiber of the people entrusted to spy on Americans; (b) this shows the incompetence and foolishness of the people entrusted to secure our borders—this kind of sting is the oldest trick in the book.
    UPDATE: More details on the official’s alleged criminal actions.

     

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Military Wants Control of Telecom Spectrum

    A sobering report commissioned by Rumsfeld details how U.S. military planners want to take control of the Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum, allowing America to dominate telcommunications for propaganda and psy-ops purposes.

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Supreme Court: Obscenity Still in Eye of Beholder

    The Supreme Court has decided to leave it up to individual communities to decide whether something constitutes pornography. But in the borderless Internet age, what really constitutes a community?

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Amazon Changes ‘Abortion’ Queries

    Until recently, a user who typed in “abortion” received a prompt asking, “Did you mean adoption?” The online retailer has since erased the prompt.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

    A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
    That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
    Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    politicsTV
    From PoliticsTV

    PoliticsTV Launches Amid Fanfare

    A new TV-heavy Internet site dedicated to politics launches with AMERICAblog founder John Avarosis. Looks pretty spiffy.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Justice Dept. Rejects Google’s Stand on Privacy

    The U.S. government pushes back at the search giant, insisting that a request to examine millions of Internet users’ search queries would not violate privacy rights. This could lead to the most fevered technology trial since the Microsoft antitrust case. Check out an excellent Truthdig essay on the issue here.

    Posted on Feb 27, 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


    The End of the Internet?

    Jeff Chester at The Nation has an eye-opening report on how big telcos are trying to transform the “free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.” | story

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    New York Times Roundup

    The Gray Lady publishes a slew of important and underreported stories its Saturday edition:

  • Two federal courts strike down the Partial Birth Abortion Act because it doesn’t have an exception for the life of the mother.
  • Yahoo and AOL are going to introduce digital postage stamps that companies can buy to ensure delivery of their e-mail.
  • Most Internet users have no idea how easy it is for courts to get ahold of their personal information.
  • The personal savings rate of Americans falls below zero for the first time since the Great Depression.
  • Now James Frey’s editor says that he, too, was fooled by the fabricating fabulist.

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Surprise! The Web Won’t Tear Us Apart

    Turning conventional wisdom on its head (see The Earth, flat; Bush, compassionate), a new study shows that Internet tools like e-mail, webcams and instant messaging actually bring people closer together. | story

    Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Google Agrees to Censor ‘Forbidden’ Words in China

    The company’s motto is “Don’t be evil,” but analysts say Google’s cash-motivated actions translate into Chinese as “Don’t be poor.” | story

    Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Yahoo Concedes Search Race to Google

    Yahoo’s chief financial officer says she’d be happy just to “maintain our market share.” | story
    Even though it’s been “Game Over” in the search wars for quite some time, it’s still shocking to hear the No. 2 company be so blatant about 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


    Forget What You Searched For? Google Didn’t

    A Google beta tester says that we’re barely conscious of the level of privacy we’re ceding to the search company. column
    Also, Maureen Dowd doesn’t want Cheney ogling her Googling. column

    Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
    Jae C. Hong / AP

    Google Vows to Fight White House Over Porn Probe

    The Bush administration wants to know how often porn turns up in searches. Google is fighting the subpoena. At a time when companies like Yahoo are turning over records to the Chinese government, bully for Google for standing firm. | story

    Posted on Jan 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Blogger Obtains Gen. Wesley Clark’s Phone Records For $89.95

    AMERICAblog’s John Aravosis says that his ability to do so is “outrageous.” | entry
    CBS and NBC both chime in with reports on the issue.

    Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Makes Internet Annoyance a Federal Crime, CNET Reports

    Under a new law, it is illegal to anonymously send a message via the Internet that annoys its recipient. | story
    This interpretation has its critics: here or here.

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Google and Yahoo: TV Network Killers?

    Internet-based companies will disclose plans to conquer TV. | more

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Chicago Agonistes: The Plight of the L.A. Times

    Under pressure from its Tribune Co. overseers, the paper will struggle to protect the journalistic excellence it took years to build.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2005 READ MORE


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