Category: Politics

To Reform NSA, Senate Democrats Will Have To Fight Themselves

October 6, 2013

04leahy_480When Justin Amash (R-Mich.) pushed an amendment to defund and restrict the abilities of the National Security Agency (NSA) in late July it was met with a surprising amount of bi-partisan support.

To The Chagrin Of Taxi Lobbists, California Legalizes Ridesharing

September 23, 2013

uber_606Watch out, taxis: ridesharing is legal in California.

Last Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously (5-0) for the legalization of ridesharing programs within the state, offering a safe passage for companies operating in legal limbo within the state.

Net Neutrality Rears Its Head In Court. Here’s What’s Being Argued.

September 11, 2013

net-neutralityA federal appeals court listened to arguments between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Verizon on Monday in a case which could alter the shape of the Internet as we know it. And, it appears, not in a way that most Internet citizens would prefer.

Head Of NSA Speaks At Black Hat, Gets Heckled By Hacker

August 1, 2013

General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, Black HatThe summer of 2013 is turning out to be a rough one for the NSA and other government security entities: highly classified cybersecurity programs made their way into the public sphere after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked the information to the British newspaper, The Guardian. Further, at a congressional inquiry, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said the NSA and the federal government wasn’t collecting information on U.S. citizens. That claim turned out to be false, thanks further revelations made by Snowden.

Why U.K. porn ban is wrong, dangerous, scary

July 27, 2013

porn-posterBritish Prime Minister David Cameron recently declared that Internet porn would be banned by default for all U.K. citizens. This is wrong, dangerous, and scary on so many levels.

U.K.’s David Cameron Dislikes Internet Porn, Seeks To Block It By Default

July 22, 2013

ukpornOn Monday, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron announced a plan to automatically block online pornography with default filters.

How The NSA Started Its Metadata Snooping

June 28, 2013

PRISM-and-NSA.jpgWhen President Barack Obama took to the press in February of 2013 he had one goal in mind: to publicly shame the Chinese government for allegedly hacking and stealing information from U.S. industries and government agencies.

Uber Expands Despite Crackdown In L.A.

June 25, 2013

uber_606Like a passenger looking for a cab during rush hour, it seems the three major ridesharing applications — Uber, Lyft and SideCar — are trying their luck with every regulatory vehicle that passes by. When some chances pass by, others approach.

What Google Loon Is And Why It May Not Happen

June 24, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 11.50.44 PMProject Loon is Google’s latest moonshot project to hit the headlines across the web. The concept is simple: send out a bunch of balloons to float above the Earth to spread access to the Internet to hard-to-reach rural areas with no Internet access.

Meet Tempora, The U.K.’s PRISM Surveillance Program

June 21, 2013

GCHQsiteOne of the most secretive spook agencies in the world, the National Security Agency (NSA), has been doing a poor job of late. The agency has been thrust under the public’s eye after former NSA agent Edward Snowden, currently on the lam in Hong Kong, leaked a series of spy programs which trawl massive collections of digital communications for analysis.

How much surveillance is too much?

June 7, 2013

How much surveillance is too much?As Stephen King wrote in Firestarter,“No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.” Good news, now that most agencies have at least gone partially paperless, you won’t see a physical folder with your name, but that doesn’t mean that in the bowels of the NSA there isn’t digital data with your name and information on it.  That seems to be the gist of all of the headlines over the past few days.  The US and UK governments have been collecting data on us for several years and yes it is disturbing.

Cubans get full Internet access for first time

May 29, 2013

Cubans get full Internet access for first timeMost ordinary Cuban citizens don’t have unrestricted Internet access. That’s about to change, but it comes at a hefty price.

Syrian net outage still a mystery

May 9, 2013

Syrian net outage still a mysterySyria is once again connected to the rest of the Internet after a 19-hour outage. The government is blaming a technical fault, but opponents and technical analysts question this claim.

US Senate Passes Internet Sales Tax Bill With Overwhelming Support

May 7, 2013

042913_dotcom_internet_640It wasn’t even close. It was in the political realm a safe, bipartisan, landslide victory. On Monday night the United States Senate approved S.743, also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, with 69 Senators voting for, and a paltry 27 voting against. The bill, which would allow states to collect sales taxes from online businesses outside of their borders, now moves to the House of Representatives for a vote.

Senate Seeks To Tax Online Retailers, eBay Lobbies Against

April 22, 2013

It appears the sales-tax free status of online purchases may be entering into the cold December of its days, and it’s only April. The U.S. Senate is expected to pass legislation which could allow states to tax online purchases some time this week, and that’s bad news for retailers like eBay.

Syrian Hackers Claim NPR As Latest Victims

April 16, 2013

NPR’s web publishing system, along with its social media accounts, were compromised late Monday night by a group supporting embattled Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The group, calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army,” claimed credit for incident which resulted in several headlines being rewritten as “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here.” The headlines popped up across the public news provider’s main and affiliate websites.

Privacy Concerns Shouldn’t Limit The Use of Autonomous Drones

April 13, 2013

The last thing Google’s Eric Schmidt wants to see is a drone hovering over his yard. Not the kind of drone which drops missiles and kills people in Pakistan, mind you, but the kind you can take out of a box and just let loose. The kind of drone that civilians can, and likely will, use in the near future. That’s why, Schmidt argues, they need to be regulated before they even become an issue.

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