When you buy something from someone you own it, right? Not if President Obama has his way on cellphones. Cellphone unlocking, which allows owners to alter the phone they purchased and use it with other carriers should they so desire, is a front line issue on the fight for rational copyright laws.
|By: DSWright Friday November 22, 2013 8:29 am|
|By: Allison Hantschel Monday November 18, 2013 8:00 pm|
You know, when I’m pimping out a fellow blogger’s book, or my own, at least I say right up front, “Go buy this, she’s a pal of mine.” My problem with the entire journalistic “ethics” argument today is that it over-polices actual stated opinions and ignores the value of transparency. Just tell me what you’re doing, who you’re doing it for, and how many bodies they have on you to get you to do this kind of thing for them.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 28, 2013 9:45 am|
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization that describes itself as being committed to “high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice common good to special interests,” filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
|By: DSWright Thursday August 8, 2013 2:05 pm|
Former NSA Director General Michael Hayden has made a stunning declaration sure to further poison relations between the so-called intelligence community and the public.
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 16, 2013 6:35 am|
In an age of intense government secrecy one of a citizen’s few tools to gain access to government information is the Freedom of Information Act passed in 1966. But it seems the Obama Administration, despite promises of historic transparency, is not reasonably complying with FOIA requests.
|By: DSWright Friday June 21, 2013 12:25 pm|
I write you to express my dismay in how the Secret Service’s FOIA office has conducted itself in regards to my request for the Secret Service files on Aaron Swartz. A formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) conforming with your guidelines was sent by certified mail and received in February 2013. After making repeated phone calls over a space of weeks to the FOIA communications center I was finally given an acknowledgement letter on April 5th, 2013 that the office had formally received the request on March 5th, 2013.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 6, 2013 11:11 am|
The dominant narrative of the post-9/11 establishment continues to find support – the government is allowed unlimited secrecy while the public is allowed no privacy.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 22, 2013 4:01 pm|
Ahead of a major speech on counterterrorism policies tomorrow, the administration of President Barack Obama has officially declassified information related to drone strikes against four American citizens and also acknowledged for the first time that they were killed by the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 30, 2013 10:20 am|
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that Virginia did not have to grant access to public records in the state to non-residents of Virginia under the state’s freedom of information law.
The decision, according to SCOTUSblog, did not break any new ground. It did not “rely upon any sweeping new legal declaration, but simply on the purpose that the Court found behind Virginia’s law.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 17, 2013 4:10 pm|
A military appeals court has decided journalists and media organizations in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) do not have standing to challenge the lack of access to court records in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier being prosecuted by the military for disclosing information to WikiLeaks.
For over a year now, a group, including this journalist, has been pushing for access to court records in the case. The decision is disappointing because it means the United States military will be able to, at their discretion, continue to effectively court-martial not just Manning but all soldiers behind a veil of secrecy.