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.


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.

Jack Dorsey, Criminal Violator of CFAA

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 7:50 am

In an interview with 60 Minutes Mr. Dorsey admitted that he brazenly violated CFAA and is therefore, according to the United States Government, a greater threat to America than Al-Qaeda. Nothing is more dangerous than someone using a computer in ways older people who write and enforce laws don’t understand, nothing.

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Swartz

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 8:40 am

Today I want to tell you three American stories.

During Reddit AMA Obama Again Ignores Regular Americans’ Questions About Drug Policy

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 12:20 pm

Despite several of the most upvoted questions being about the drug war and marijuana prohibition, the President again chose to ignore the subject. Instead, he decided to answer important questions about the White House beer recipe and who his favorite basketball player is.

Obama Shows Up on Reddit

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:00 am

To the extent that there’s been any news, Obama said that there will be an Internet freedom plank in the Democratic platform. Republicans actually included a similar plank in THEIR platform, so presumably that’s something that can actually get done legislatively.

Just Say Now: Facebook, Google and the Reddit Revolt

By: Monday August 30, 2010 10:00 am

A funny thing happened last week with our Just Say Now advertising campaign. Well, a couple of “funny” things. Large online communities proved, en masse, that they were waaaay ahead of both corporate America and our political leadership when it comes to their readiness to discuss and marijuana prohibition.

After Conde Nast Censorship, Reddit to Run Just Say Now Ads for Free

By: Friday August 27, 2010 2:45 pm

Social news aggregator Reddit.com today agreed to host for free advertisements from marijuana advocacy group Just Say Now, after Conde Nast, the site’s parent company rejected all marijuana legalization display ads.

The Reddit community revolted to the censorship, with hundreds of users saying they’d turn on “ad blockers” to deny Reddit and Conde Nast ad revenue. After several hours of pressure from community members, Reddit issued a statement to its community and challenged its parent company’s decision.

Reddit Won’t Run Any Display Ads for Marijuana Legalization

By: Friday August 27, 2010 8:02 am

Hot on the heels of Facebook censoring marijuana leafs in ads on the social network, and Google’s decision to accept and run nearly identical ads, a third major Internet site took a side on legalization ads.

Social news site Reddit, owned by publishing company Conde Nast, told Just Say Now that the site would not run any display advertising relating to marijuana legalization.

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