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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.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

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.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

Here’s Why the New ‘Family Friendly Work’ Fad Is a Fraud

I’m delighted Netflix and other high-powered firms are offering family-friendly work. But I take most of the news with a grain of silicon, and so should you.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

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

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The Country That Actually Started the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race (Hint: Not Iran)

As the Iran deal is debated, it’s important to keep in mind who’s responsible for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East; turns out a “useless liberal arts degree” has become a hot commodity in the tech world; meanwhile, a writer explores Donald Trump’s mob ties. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

California Labor Commission Officially Calls Uber Driver an Uber Employee

A California labor agency has determined that, at least in one instance, an Uber driver is actually an employee of the company, not an independent contractor who happens to rely on Uber-provided information to drive her business. But what does this mean for the ride-sharing behemoth?

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Cyberwarfare Is ‘Where the Real Money Is’ (Part 1 of 10)

Just how and when did the military-industrial complex become the military-intelligence complex? And what’s the link between Amazon and the Pentagon?

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows

Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, more states and cities have been considering a similar path. At the same time, the cannabis market is looking less like a music festival and more like a Silicon Valley confab—upscale, data-driven and focused on investors.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE

EU vs. Google: Who Will Prevail?

The European Union’s top antitrust watchdog is setting her sights on Google, taking the tech giant to task for allegedly elbowing out competitors’ listings in online shopping searches.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Age of Cryptocurrency

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE

The Age of Cryptocurrency

A new book examines Bitcoin, a “highly disruptive technology” that has the modest goal of “freeing people from the tyranny of centralized trust.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE

Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With the Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Ebola, Wall Street, Midterms and Freezing Eggs

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s appointment of an Ebola czar, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s concern over economic inequality in the U.S., Silicon Valley’s egg-freezing employee benefits and the outlook for both parties in the upcoming election.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE

How the Internet of Things Could Destroy the Welfare State

A long article at The Observer examines the regulatory possibilities of “smart” phones, cars and even carpet, and asks what’s to become of governance if data and algorithms are setting the limits of human life.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

Tech Companies Boost Their Efforts to Stave Off Spy Agencies

Tech companies are in a new race to make it harder for spy agencies around the world, such as the NSA in the U.S., to access their customers’ data.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE

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The Rich Aim to Ban People From Sleeping in Cars Because It Disturbs Their Delicate Sensibilities

There are some truly insensitive morons in the United States and the government is pandering to them, as usual.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE

Can the Internet Democratize Capitalism?

Democracy requires a great deal more than “leveling.” It requires political institutions that enable the economically weak to have a decisive say on policy against the interests of the rich and powerful.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE

The Right Gloats About Fall of Polygamy Laws

Conservatives believe the recent ruling on Utah’s anti-polygamy statute is the inevitable consequence of the marriage equality movement; Coca Cola is trying to stop people from drinking tap water; meanwhile, Silicon Valley techies are arrogantly promoting class war in San Francisco. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE

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The Data Hackers

Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in all of our data devices by companies that sell them to Washington for a profit.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE

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A Cry for Gold in San Francisco

High rents, human displacement and the disappearance of do-it-yourself culture—author and activist Rebecca Solnit artfully describes the social costs of the last decade of San Francisco’s tech boom.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire

What do the U.S. government and Silicon Valley already have in common? Above all, they want to remain opaque while making the rest of us entirely transparent through the capture of our data. What is arising is simply a new form of government, involving vast entities with the reach and power of government and little accountability to anyone.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: California Is ‘Looking at Our Backside’

The Texas governor who made a fool of himself in the 2012 presidential race has come to the Golden State trying to steal businesses and jobs.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

American Media, Stay Away From Me

American news media outlets such as Time and Newsweek are keeping the U.S. in the dark about world issues; a Silicon Valley startup has dreamed up a ship for international techies to avoid immigration problems; and Wi-Fi and cellphones are making us sick—or are they? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE

Down and Out in Silicon Valley

Remember the heady days before the Internet bubble went and burst, as bubbles tend to do? California’s Silicon Valley was one of the epicenters of that economic boom, but as this clip from Sunday’s “60 Minutes” illustrates, things look a little different there these days.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE

A Power Plant for the Backyard

The impresario behind this newfangled clean-energy box sees one of his mini power plants in every home, but it’s not clear if the little miracles even work.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


Climate Change on Calif. Curriculum?

A California senator is working to push a bill through the state’s legislative channels that would make global warming a required study topic in California public schools, but detractors maintain that the science behind Sen. Joe Simitian’s proposed academic addition is unclear. 

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE

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