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The Senate is one vote away from giving the FBI warrantless access to your browsing history.

Fight for the Future is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet's transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people.
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Trump's jabs at the press: A compilation

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not one to hold back punches. Since last July, he has been a frequent critic of the media and the press, attacking individuals, organizations and much of the industry as 'dishonest', 'sleazy' and 'absolute scum'.
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Daddy, I'm scared!
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Here's the Full Transcript of TIME’s Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook

Here's the Full Transcript of TIME’s Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The chief executive of the world's most powerful tech company on your privacy, America's security, and his fight with the FBI
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This Week in Tech (MP3) by TWiT TV on iTunes

Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of This Week in Tech (MP3) by TWiT TV for free.
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Solid discussion about DOJ vs Apple
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These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government

These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A lexicon's worth of creative ways is used to avoid the censors' filters.
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An interesting article about how some Chinese citizens are changing their language in ways to talk publicly about social and government concerns.

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When the Internet’s ‘Moderators’ Are Anything But

When the Internet’s ‘Moderators’ Are Anything But | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The title suggests a steward of civility and decency. But online, unpaid moderators can become a force for mayhem.
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I hope that the problems at Reddit do not spill over into the political arena. Reddit really has always been a unique ecosystem. I didn't visit often but I did benefit greatly from some of the links and threads that were shared with me which originated on the site.

 

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USA TODAY: Latest World and US News - USATODAY.com

USA TODAY: Latest World and US News  - USATODAY.com | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The Nation's Newspaper provides you with up-to-date coverage of US and international news, weather, entertainment, finance, and more.
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I am glad that President Obama did the right thing yesterday and made a stand in favor of Net Neutrality. Ted Cruise sounds silly when he talks about this topic.

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Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever | TechCrunch

Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever | TechCrunch | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Aaron Swartz was a young, bright genius who believed in the open Internet. A self-made millionaire by the age of 19, he co-founded Reddit, was part of the..
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I forget how young he was

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Behind Comcast’s truthy ad campaign for net neutrality

Behind Comcast’s truthy ad campaign for net neutrality | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
It would take a close reader to understand the difference between what Comcast is advocating to the public and what it's advocating to the FCC.
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The Inside Story of Richard Nixon's 1972 Journey to China - YouTube

The first panel features eye-witness panelists discussing how that historic trip was planned and executed. It features three members of President Nixon's imm...
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This video gets very interesting at about 21 minutes into the story as they talk about how precise their planning was to ensure desired exposure and messages via the media both in the USA and abroad.

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Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In WikiLeaks Case : NPR

The 25-year-old former Army intelligence analyst was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. In 2010, he gave WikiLeaks more than 700,000 documents. A judge handed down his sentence Wednesday.
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A great documentary:

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/wikileaks/bradley-manning/

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Update: Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops

Update: Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Michele was Googling pressure cookers. Her husband was looking at backpacks. So six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house. How'd the government know what they were Googling?
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Wow. This is scary. We have all heard of the scary scerio of health insurance companies knowing what we look for so they could know what are health issues may be. This seems like a very dangerous scenrio of assuming that people are guilty based on what they search for.

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South Korea issues alert after government websites shut down - NOTE: NOT CONFIRMED

South Korea issues alert after government websites shut down - NOTE: NOT CONFIRMED | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
South Korea has issued a cyberattack alert after government websites shut down on the anniversary of the start of the Korean War.
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These claims happen often and there is no way of confirming it at this point.  I am sharing this more as a reminder that S. Korea has been attacked two times this year by some organization.  It is becoming scary. S. Korea does not have many natural resources, so they 'bank' on technology and international trade agreements.  Any slowing down or shutting down of the computer systems is a big deal.

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Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
By Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for
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Here's the KEY MOMENT in Benghazi hearings

Elsewhere on this curation site, you can see where some our leaders were hoping to exert political power over YouTube in order to prevent videos which they said were the cause of this deadly attack. Tech podcasts during the fall of 2012 are still available online talking about the ramifications of this false flag.

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Google's Schmidt Backing Hillary Clinton in 2016 - Breitbart

Google's Schmidt Backing Hillary Clinton in 2016 - Breitbart | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
It looks like it has been created by Schmidt for the express purpose of cultivating elite engineering talent to help Clinton win in 2016.
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I am aware of Breitbart's bias. This article makes me curious to learn more.
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Watch Obama address the tech community at SXSW live right here

Watch Obama address the tech community at SXSW live right here | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
While most people think about hashtags, marketing stunts and SoLoMo when they hear about the Interactive part of SXSW in Austin, this year is going to be a..
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I wish that he would have been more direct so that they could have fit in more questions, but there were some good nuggets worthy of measuring how President Obama feels about technology.
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The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.
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It creeps me out that Snowden shared very private selfies with huge newspapers. It creeps me out much more that he got these photos easily by putting his thumb drive in a government computer that was stockpiling them.  

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Kim Dotcom dodges jail (for now) in his latest battle with US authorities | VentureBeat | OffBeat | by Paul Sawers

Kim Dotcom dodges jail (for now) in his latest battle with US authorities | VentureBeat | OffBeat | by Paul Sawers | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
New Zealand-based internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has managed to dodge jail (for now) in his ongoing feud with US authorities, reports Stuff.co.nz.

Dotcom – real name Kim Schmitz – is best known as founder of file-sharing service Megaupload, which was forced offline in 2012 by the US Justice Department and the FBI on claims of criminal copyright infringement. They stated that Dotcom and his co-defendents were responsible for “more than half a billion dollars” in harm to copyright holders.

Though he went on to launch a similar cloud-based service called Mega, as he awaits his extradition hearing next year Dotcom revealed at an event in London last week that he is now officially “broke”. This went some way towards explaining why his crack legal team had jumped ship, at least.

To capitalize on his precarious predicament, American authorities had sought to have Dotcom’s bail revoked ahead of the extradition hearing in June 2015, which could lead to him receiving up to 88 years behind bars.

Accusations

The core underlying accusations levied against Dotcom is that he wasn’t simply providing a cloud-based file-sharing service à la Dropbox – it’s that he was complicit in actively encouraging users to upload and disseminate copyrighted material.

Steven Fabrizio, the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) senior executive vice president and global general counsel, has previously said:

“Megaupload wasn’t a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution. To be clear, if a user uploaded his term paper to store it, he got nothing – and, in fact, unless he was a paying subscriber, Megaupload would delete the paper if it was not downloaded frequently enough. But if that same user uploaded a stolen full-length film that was repeatedly infringed, he was paid for his efforts.

That’s not a storage facility; that’s a business model designed to encourage theft – and make its owners very rich in the process. There’s nothing new or innovative about that. That’s just a profiteer using existing technology to try to get rich off of someone else’s hard work.”
Dotcom says Mega now has 15 million registered users, though his claims of being broke are essentially down to the fact that all his shares and assets have been transferred over to his family. However, he did reveal during the latest bail hearing that he had garnered $40 million since being on bail – as such, the Judge imposed slightly stricter bail conditions. Not only can’t he travel by helicopter or by sea, but he must also report twice a week to a local police station.

Prior to today’s news, Dotcom has notched up some other minor victories after the initial police raid at his home was deemed illegal.
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Snapdeal — the flourishing company America passed on — offers a lesson about immigration reform

Snapdeal — the flourishing company America passed on — offers a lesson about immigration reform | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Kunal Bahl wanted to build a company in the U.S., but visa issues forced the entrepreneur back to India.
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I really like this story. I do not know enough to validate the political comments, but this is a good article to ponder.

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The trailer for this Edward Snowden documentary is absolutely chilling

The trailer for this Edward Snowden documentary is absolutely chilling | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
"Citizenfour," the closest look we'll ever have at how the largest leak in U.S. government history went down, is about to premier at the New York Film Festival. While most of us have to wait until ...
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This is going to be interesting.

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Why New Zealand matters in our quest for freedom of web privacy

See if this sounds familiar: a bombshell Snowden leak shows the head of a major country is surveilling his own citizens. The leader denies it, but Snowden keeps pushing, with more documents and...
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New Zealand's geographic and political positions put it in a critical place in the fight for digital privacy.  "While it's not a large country, a significant quantity of the Pacific’s data traffic passes through New Zealand, thanks to two data cables that come ashore on the northern island, including the trans-Pacific Southern Cross cable"  Snowden and some internet freedom players are hoping to make net privacy a major campaign issue.

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Edward Snowden statement: Every call, internet transaction goes through NSA

Edward Snowden statement: Every call, internet transaction goes through NSA | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Prism leaker Edward Snowden released a statement to the American Civil Liberties Union today, saying that every internet transaction that passes the borders of the United States goes through the NS...
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Snoden supports "Stop Watching Us" Movement

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Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.

Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next. | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
It depends on what they do next.
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I feel that this article and "A Government Afriad of Itself"  (A government afraid of itself) are worth reading for the sake of conversation and deeper thought. This is a tough subject.  

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Charlie Dare's comment, August 28, 2013 11:56 AM
Neither done it "spill the beans" for personal gain.They blew the whistle on what they felt was wrong to media and people should know about in my opinion .The guy that broke the Watergate scandal (Ellisworth ?? Sp ) was a whistle blower too but he vetted what material he released, he is now sticking up for them..These guys just released a massive amount..with out knowing all the content as I understand.
Ken Morrison's comment, August 28, 2013 6:26 PM
Hi Charlie. I like that you bring up the potential argument that it does not have to be a binary argument. There are many stages between 'keep your mouth shut' and use a megaphone/Tumblr account. I agree that some vetting and restraint may have given a bit more credibility to the concept of wanting to inform the people while loving the country.
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Track-Off Us | Watch a Film About Internet Privacy & Take Action

Track-Off Us | Watch a Film About Internet Privacy & Take Action | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

This is going to be a great documentary.  

ENOUGH ALREADY: Tell your lawmakers to educate themselves about online privacy rights. Urge them to watch the startling new film, Terms and Conditions May Apply and take action at www.trackoff.us

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I'm pretty excited to learn from this documentary.  It looks like it was well made.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, July 14, 2013 7:48 PM

"We decided that these would be the social norms now, and we just went for it."  - Mark Zuckerberg.  A new documentary to focus on privacy.

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