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 [...]


Comcast To Takeover Time Warner in Quest for Monopoly as Regulators Remain Silent

By: Friday February 14, 2014 6:52 am

It was only a matter of time before one of the giant telecommunications companies went for a monopoly, we are living under corporate capitalism after all. But Comcast’s behavior has been so blatant one has to wonder how no one in the government charged with preventing monopolies has not even raised tacit objections. For now Comcast is seeking to take over Time Warner in a move that could ruin TV and the internet.

Verizon v. FCC Just Crushed Democracy, Justice, and Cat Video in One Swoop!

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 5:00 pm

A Washington D.C Appeals Court is allowing internet service providers to slow down access speed to any website that doesn’t cough up a fee. 

Turkey: Internet Censorship Is on the Decline? Not a Chance!

By: Monday February 3, 2014 6:30 pm

In order to increase censorship and surveillance online,  the Turkish government is proposing changes to Law No. 5651, otherwise known as the “Code of Publications on the Internet and Suppression of Crimes Committed by means of Such Publications.”

Net Neutrality: Goodbye Open Internet?

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 6:52 pm

Today marks a moment long dreaded — the beginning of the end of net neutrality.

FDL Movie Night: Obey

By: Monday January 13, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images were found online and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedges’ book Death of the Liberal Class.

Hedges’ book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class– consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc–and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.

The NSA Seeks to Control Entire Internet With TURMOIL, TURBINE and QFIRE

By: Friday January 3, 2014 12:04 pm

The world is still reeling from the incredible revelations made by Der Spiegel and Jacob Applebaum over the NSA’s well funded quest to control the world’s information. The most newsworthy revelation, at least at first, was DROPOUTJEEP a software program that gives the NSA total access to your iPhone.

But that is just the beginning of the revelations. As Applebaum’s hour long presentation at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress provided even more amazing details of NSA’s future plans and current operations for dominating global communications and intelligence or, as Applebaum put it, a “planetary strategic surveillance system.”

New Report Details Elite NSA Hacking Unit

By: Monday December 30, 2013 7:15 am

The German Magazine Der Spiegel has published an article that details one of the National Security Agency’s most powerful operations units – the Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO). According to the report TAO is a special unit that is called in when other units’ access to a target is blocked. The “digital plumbers” are called in to unblock or hack in to the target.

Global Tech Firm, ThoughtWorks, Supports Push to Roll Back Surveillance State Further Exposed by Snowden

By: Monday November 18, 2013 1:55 pm

The global technology firm, ThoughtWorks, where the late digital freedom and information activist Aaron Swartz worked, has become one of the first technology firms to urge immediate action be taken to address National Security Agency programs and end mass surveillance.

The Incredible Shrinking Internet

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 7:40 pm

A couple of weeks ago, Yves Smith’s link roundup included a McClatchy piece about consumers dropping cable TV. She remarked: “Trust me, when you seem more consumers ditching cable, you’ll see the pipeline providers start charging based on how much you download a month.” Caps really aren’t necessary, though; connections are already capped by speed. You can’t download any more than the connection will allow. Consumers should be able to buy a connection at a set price, and the ISP should charge for it based on how much data it could transmit. Charge more for faster speeds, less for slower ones.

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