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.
|By: emptywheel Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: Elliott Thursday February 6, 2014 3:29 pm|
Our friend emptywheel’s joining up with First Look, Pierre Omyidar’s new online publishing venture.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 25, 2014 8:59 am|
CNBC has been hanging out all week with all the cool kids at Davos. I happened to see bits and pieces of their coverage, and found like much like watching the E! network reporting on the Golden Globes, albeit without Joan Rivers. Even the CNBC folks cop to this comparison, given the headline to their roundup of links to a bunch of their interviews.
But if a scoop falls in your lap and no one notices, does it make a sound?
|By: Peterr Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm|
President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.
Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.
|By: dakine01 Sunday October 6, 2013 8:40 am|
October is a busy month. Schools have settled into the day-to-day routines. The sports world is busy with the MLB Play-offs; NFL, college, and high school football seasons are in the mix; the NHL has started its season; and NBA basketball training camps have started. College basketball has started having “midnight madness.” The news and weather shows are providing fall foliage reports.
October is also the “awareness” month for two causes that I support very strongly – Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. I
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday June 23, 2013 3:46 am|
Whether it is the government of Hong Kong, a back-bencher in the Dáil Éireann, an Ecuadorean government resentful of past travesties we have inflicted upon their sovereignty, a Russian government upset about brazen American espionage, or an entire world community disturbed about implications of what Snowden and others have recently revealed about how fully we break treaties and conventions with them by the way we surveil and target their citizens, corporations, leaders and people, we may be about to witness a tsunami rise against our empire.
|By: dakine01 Saturday February 16, 2013 8:00 pm|
Every day we see a new outrage of some form or another. And it really makes no difference what side of a topic you are on – the outrage is there for all. Of course, one person/side’s outrage may be the other sides’ well deserved schadenfreude.
|By: emptywheel Saturday January 12, 2013 1:59 pm|
In the days before Thursday’s start to the trial for alleged Portland Christmas Tree bomber Mohamed Osman Mohamud, pre-trial hearings revealed two new details. First, the government failed to reveal to the defense an effort to “pitch” Mohamud on October 27, 2009, 13 months before they arrested him in an FBI-created plot. This comes on top of earlier revelations about a key meeting the FBI failed to tape, another failure to reveal FBI contacts, and Abu Zubaydah’s brother’s claim that, as an FBI informant, he was asked to track the then-16 year old Mohamud as early as 2008.
|By: masaccio Sunday June 10, 2012 10:45 am|
Actively helping people is fun. Coping with power structures directly isn’t.