RIGHT NOW: 5 Bucks and an Internet Connection Gets You Joss Whedon’s Latest Movie

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 7:09 pm

It’s exciting to see content makers — especially high profile content makers with tons of options — experimenting with distribution models that place an emphasis on the Internet.

 

Dustin Lance Black Shamed by Alma Mater, Canceled as Graduation Speaker

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 7:53 am

Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has been uninvited to speak at Pasadena City College’s 2014 graduation. Black attended Pasadena City College, part of California’s two year community college program, and received an Associate of the Arts degree from PCC.

Black discovered he was no longer the speaker from a newspaper report.

Mozilla CEO Steps Down Amid OkCupid Led Backlash to Anti-Gay Marriage Views

By: Friday April 4, 2014 5:01 pm

That this decision was inspired by a dating website standing up for the rights of their membership is a pretty powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.

The Internet’s Own Boy: Remembering Aaron Swartz (#SXSW)

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 3:17 pm

At the beginning of 2013, the Internet lost one of its most radical, most pioneering minds when Aaron Swartz took his own life. In just 26 years, Swartz pioneered technologies like RSS syndication and the Creative Commons (both of which are in daily use here at Firedoglake), was a founder at Reddit, and led a successful fight against the destructive proposed Internet legislation SOPA. The Internet’s Own Boy, the new documentary from Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion), is the story of his life and death.

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.

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