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Displacing the Unprofitable and Undesirable in California’s San Jose

The policing of the Fountain Alley area—and, by extension, downtown San Jose—targets the very people who need the most help and protection.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Markey, Longtime Supporter of Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy

The Massachusetts senator reinforced his commitment to consumer rights this week by strongly opposing a Senate resolution to roll back internet users’ privacy.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 READ MORE



Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



Senate Passes Resolution to Roll Back Privacy Rules

Senators vote 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations that protected consumer data from being misused by internet service providers.

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The Resistance Must Be Digitized

Ajit Pai (at left in picture), the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could pose a threat to unfettered access to an open internet.

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The Debate Over WikiLeaks and Privacy Rights

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers to use the latest leaks to help companies improve their cybersecurity, but critics argue that privacy is dead.

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WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques

The whistleblowing organization says that the “Vault 7” leak details how the CIA uses sophisticated technology to hack into smartphones and computers.

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Palantir Technologies Is Creating a Vast Immigration Database

The data-mining firm has a $41 million government contract to aid in mass deportations.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE



Snapchat’s Hometown Protests Company’s Presence

Snap Inc. just had a profitable first day trading on the stock market, but one Southern California neighborhood is fighting the gentrification that comes with hosting a tech giant.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE



Tesla Is Accused of Fostering a Hostile Work Environment for Women

A female engineer sues the electric-car company, alleging she faced “pervasive harassment” and a sexist corporate culture.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE



Beware of the World Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Are Making, The Observer Warns

“Facebook is the grim sign of something going seriously wrong in our economic model,” according to editors at the British newspaper.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE



Dozens of Groups Call on Facebook to End Censorship

As the social media giant comes under fire for its alleged censorship and tracking of activists and protesters, a coalition of more than 70 groups and individuals has demanded that it “clarify its policy on removing video and other content, especially human rights documentation, at the request of government actors.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE


Watch: White House Hosts Panel With Jeremy Irons and Mathematicians on Math and the Movies

The star of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and representatives from the government and academia discuss the role of storytelling, cinema and media in disseminating science and mathematics.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Massive’ Cyberattack Hits U.S. Servers, Affects Twitter, Reddit and Other Sites

On Friday, dozens of popular websites around the globe were shut down. The identity of those responsible has not been verified yet, although one hacker group has claimed responsibility. Updated.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE



Why We’ll Definitely Need a Universal Basic Income (Video)

As new technologies replace work, the question for the future is how best to provide economic security for all.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE



Democratic Socialism Appeals to More Than Just the Young—Check Out Jeremy Corbyn’s Support Base

It’s a fallacy that only millennials can get behind progressive leaders; humans have whittled down the world’s wilderness to less than 20 percent; and Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of “ethnic cleansing” is a “staggering act of chutzpah.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Verdict Is In: Wall Street Is Pretty Much Useless

A writer poses an important question: Does Wall Street do anything useful?; researchers are befuddled by some people’s love of chilies, fruits that were “made to repel”; meanwhile, technology has created a crisis of masculinity similar to that of the industrial era. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Women at Khabar Lahariya, a Feminist Newspaper in Rural India

Now in its 14th year, the publication just expanded into digital platforms in the hope of increasing readership and inspiring other young women.

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Noam Chomsky Is Sick of Hearing About the Robot Takeover (Video)

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

The renowned MIT professor, having heard for 60 years about the threat of supercomputers, says to come back to him when robots are as creative as a 4-year-old.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Uber Gets Special Treatment in Philadelphia, Thanks to the Democratic Party (Video)

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Until two weeks prior to the Democratic National Convention, Uber was illegal in the city, but the ride-sharing company cut a deal with the parking authority and Democratic National Committee.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Killer Robots Pose Potential Problems for Future Policing

Removing officers in the field could reduce the danger they face and the need to use force. Then again, adding a layer of distance between officers and citizens could increase the use of force.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE



France’s Smartphone App Is Criticized for Its Slow Response to Tragedy in Nice

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, the French government launched a smartphone application to rapidly alert users of a breaking crisis. However, the app was reportedly three hours late in warning users of the crisis in Nice, France, on Thursday.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



Tech Community Blasts Donald Trump in Open Letter

Dozens of tech industry leaders signed their names to an open letter stating their opposition to “Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Public Schools Should Revive Stagnant Humanities and Arts Education

The best remedy against cynicism in young students is a curriculum that teaches contemporary events while establishing parallels with history.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE



What’s the Secret to Bill Gates’ Incredible Private Wealth?

“[I]magine a world where everyone could make as many copies as they liked of Windows, Microsoft’s Office Suite and any other software at no cost,” writes economist Dean Baker.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Tech Leaders Take Sides in Clash Between Peter Thiel and Gawker Media

Facebook’s top brass is on board with Peter Thiel, but Amazon’s boss thinks he needs to toughen up.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Beck: Facebook Meeting Felt ‘Like Affirmative Action for Conservatives’

The political pundit believes the tech company is not suppressing any political viewpoints, but he sees some troubling signs with the movement he loves.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook Denies Allegations That It Suppressed Conservative News

Former employees claim they altered the “trending” news section of the website to include stories that weren’t trending and to leave out conservative news sources.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE


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Noam Chomsky Defends WikiLeaks and Declassifying Information (Video)

The renowned linguist and political commentator called WikiLeaks a “democratizing force” and said that its founder, Julian Assange, should be given a medal.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 READ MORE



New Document Shows the CIA Is Investing in Data-Mining Firms

A report by The Intercept shines a light on social-media mining and surveillance-oriented companies receiving funding from In-Q-Tel, the intelligence agency’s venture capital firm.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Schools a Reporter on Quantum Computing

The journalist who thought the Canadian prime minister had no idea what he was talking about during a talk at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, had something else coming.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Aren’t Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Talking About Encryption?

The controversy over encryption has been one of the biggest public debates of the year so far, yet the Democratic presidential candidates have been largely silent on the subject.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Congressman Asks FBI to Back Down on Apple

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is pressing FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s demand that Apple create a new operating system version that lacks key security features.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



Why the Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports Apple in the Encryption Battle

“EFF applauds Apple for standing up for real security and the rights of its customers. We have been fighting to protect encryption, and stop backdoors, for over 20 years. That’s why EFF plans to file an amicus brief in support of Apple’s position.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘Juggling Excess and Imbalance in a Time of Drones’: The Unequal Equations of Our Time

Amy Uyematsu’s poem, inspired by Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Fuzzy Equations,” is a powerful litany of expressions that get to the heart of our modern age.

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Profiting From Misery: Are Human Rights Abuses Powering Your Smartphone?

An Amnesty International and Africa Resources Watch report traces the sale of cobalt, used in batteries for cellphones and electric cars, from mines where children work in “perilous conditions.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Two Years Behind Bars or 20? One Day, a Computer Formula May Have a Say

Influenced by algorithms, judges who are racially biased might actually hand out milder sentences to minority defendants. But some experts worry that, in the big picture, an imperfect science may work against the accused.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Privacy Not Included: Federal Law Lags Behind New Tech

The federal privacy law known as HIPAA doesn’t cover home paternity tests, fitness trackers or health apps. When a Florida woman complained after seeing the paternity test results of thousands of people online, federal regulators told her they didn’t have jurisdiction.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Data-Grabbing ‘Stingrays’ Are Attacking Our Civil Liberties

The secrecy surrounding police use of these “anti-terrorism” devices in ordinary criminal investigations is a big and growing problem, ACLU experts say, one that puts some defendants at an unfair and illegal disadvantage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You

Vizio, one of the most popular brands on the market, is offering advertisers “highly specific viewing behavior data on a massive scale.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



How Cuba Is Achieving Food Security Without Destroying Its Environment

The Cuban model—developed in a time of crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union—is seen as offering potential solutions to many countries in the world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Mocks Cops Afraid Of People Filming Police Activity

“The Daily Show” host explains how absurd it is, in the post-Ferguson era, that police are said to live in fear that “someone might whip out a phone and brutally film them.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



What We Know About the Computer Formulas Making Decisions in Your Life

Sophisticated algorithms are being used to make decisions in everything from criminal justice to education. But when Big Data uses bad data, discrimination can result.

Posted on Nov 1, 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



Your Smart Home Knows Way Too Much About You

A data scientist’s experiment reveals surprising information about interconnected smart devices.

Posted on Oct 12, 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



CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


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