FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.

 

Google’s Terms Of Service: We Can Do Whatever We Want

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 4:00 pm

From time to time it’s instructive to look at an online company’s Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you’re agreeing to when you use it. A look at Google’s TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant’s legal beagles have revised it and the new one takes effect on Monday.

Amazon Dash Shopping Wand – Amazingly Convenient or A Little Creepy?

By: Monday April 7, 2014 2:26 pm

As part of Amazon’s new AmazonFresh grocery service, the online giant is introducing Amazon Dash, a wifi-enabled barcode scanner you can simply wave at items you want to replenish. You can also just say the name into a microphone on the device.

Edward Snowden Speaks to #SXSW (#SXSnowden)

By: Monday March 10, 2014 2:13 pm

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower in exile, spoke to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas today. He appeared via a choppy videostream which was said to be routed through seven proxy servers. Joining the conversation in person were the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian.

Facebook Getting Into The Drone Business

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 10:02 am

It seems Silicon Valley has once again found a way to profit off of taxpayer funded technology. The drone industry, which has had massive amounts of R&D provided by US taxpayers, is taking off and now TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook wants in. As part of its effort to bring in new customers Facebook helped [...]

Introducing Facebook, Google+ Login at Firedoglake

By: Monday February 10, 2014 11:55 am

We have some exciting news to share with you all today: you can now log in and/or register for a MyFDL account using your Facebook and Google+ profile!

What The Hell Happened to @OccupyWallst? Or, Our New Boss, Justine Tunney

By: Friday February 7, 2014 6:55 pm

Yesterday, the almost 200,000 followers of @OccupyWallSt — viewed by many as the original and even “official” voice of the movement — were in for a surprise.

Silicon Valley Makes Another Attempt to Dodge Taxes With G20

By: Monday January 20, 2014 10:06 am

Silicon Valley likes to present itself as some hub of boot strapping entrepreneurs, nothing could be further from the truth. The entire economy is built on government subsidies and protection. As Steve Blank notes in his famous presentation The Secret History of Silicon Valley the place would not even exist without the Department of Defense which, in partnership with former World War II intelligence workers at Stanford University, provided the capital and infrastructure for high tech economy. That support continues to this day both from the Pentagon, the National Science Foundation, and also a number of other government funders.

Google Takes a Step Closer to Owning All Your Information With Acquisition of Nest

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 9:33 am

Walking anti-trust case Google Inc. has taken a step closer to owning all your information with the acquisition of Nest. Google already has a monopoly on search and has also made major inroads into the smartphone and browser markets with Chrome. And now with Nest the Silicon Valley juggernaut will be able to develop and implement technology that gives real time data on all your activities throughout your home such as thermostats and smoke alarms – monitored, logged, and archived.

Maybe the Economic Argument Against the NSA Will Be Its Undoing

By: Monday December 9, 2013 7:48 am

Large countries like Brazil, India and Germany are seriously looking at ways to reduce American influence over their own Internet communications to cut the NSA out. This would not just reduce the reach of the NSA it would also hurt American internet companies and our nation’s economy.

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