USAID Contractors Labeled Cuban ‘Twitter’ Users ‘Pro-Revolution,’ ‘Apolitical,’ or ‘Anti-Revolutionary’

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 3:30 pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has steadfastly maintained that a social media project it funded, which was revealed by the Associated Press as Cuban Twitter, was not intended to trigger “smart mobs,” transmit “political content” and “trigger unrest in Cuba.” However, the latest report from AP exposes more of the disingenuous nature of official comments coming from USAID on the project.

Paula Cambronero worked as a contractor for USAID in Cuba and part of her work involved “profiling” Cuban cellphone users, according to documents. In fact, users were categorized as “pro-revolution,” “apolitical” or “anti-revolutionary.”

 

The Ted Cruz Shutdown: Internet Freedom Edition

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:11 pm

The FCC desperately needs a progressive champion to protect Internet users and advocate for consumer rights. Big Telecom is waging warfare in every direction, and the FCC has a lot of work to do to keep this under control.

But there’s one man that stands in the way of all this; Senator Ted Cruz, up to his old tricks again.

White House Tasks Itself With Controlling Speech On The Internet

By: Monday February 18, 2013 9:17 am

The War of on Terror continues with a new grave threat – people writing things on the internet. The government is now trying to find ways to counter “online radicalization to violence” a phrase so broad it could mean practically anything.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”

By: Monday June 11, 2012 2:40 pm

Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated.

Filibuster Censorship: Ask Wyden to Read Your Name from Floor of Senate

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 7:15 pm

Senator Wyden’s going to be reading names of censorship opponents from the floor of the Senate during his expected filibuster of the PROTECT IP Act. You can ask to have your name read — and ask your Senators to vote no.

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