When 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.
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.
The 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.
British 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.
On Monday, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron announced a plan to automatically block online pornography with default filters.
One 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.
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.
It 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.
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.
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.
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.