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by Sam Gustin

January 15, 2014

The FCC faces tough policy choices after a federal court struck down key aspects of the agency's open Internet rules

Open Internet advocates suffered a stinging defeat on Tuesday when a federal court struck down rules designed to prevent the nation's largest broadband service providers from charging content companies for access to Internet "fast lanes." The ruling, which was expected, is a blow to the Federal Communications Commission's ability to enforce "net neutrality," the principle that Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T shouldn't be able to favor certain Internet services at the expense of rivals. As a practical matter, the ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia means that the broadband giants are now permitted to charge Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services for access to faster broadband speeds.

World Net Daily

August 1, 2007

A government employee who loaded a filtering software onto his personal computer at home was surprised when NetNanny delivered the following warning about WorldNetDaily, the leading independent news site on the Internet:

"You are being blocked for viewing: For content of the following type(s) Hate/Violence" Fans of WND have had their struggles with filtering programs in recent months, as they battle the cyber powers that occasionally block access to the day's top news and columnists including Ann Coulter, Joseph Farah, Chuck Norris, and Pat Boone.

Big Journalism

by Liberty Chick

December 16, 2011

Recently, the U.S Census Bureau released a report that creates a new designation of "low income" in order to "better reflect the distribution of poverty in the US."

The Associated Press ran with a headline, "Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income," and scores of other media outlets followed suit with equally dire ledes. In NJ, one outlet reported, "Census: Nearly half of Americans live in poverty," while Russia Today reported that "Half of America is officially poor." But analysts at the U.S. Census Bureau district office in Los Angeles are reporting today that perhaps journalists misunderstood. and over 300 online news reports simply got the story wrong.

by Mark Memmott

June 7, 2013

Fresh reports about the massive amount of electronic data that the nation's spy agencies are collecting "raise profound questions about privacy" because of what they say about how such information will be collected in the future.

And Glenn Greenwald, the activist/blogger/journalist who has been breaking stories this week in The Guardian about what the National Security Agency, FBI and other agencies are doing, said on Morning Edition that he believes the National Security Agency hopes to create a "worldwide surveillance net that allows it to monitor what all human beings are doing." Meanwhile, as we reported Thursday night, the Obama administration's director of national intelligence says the intelligence agencies work "within the constraints of the law to collect, analyze and understand information related to potential threats to our national security." In a statement, James Clapper added that "the intelligence community is committed to respecting the civil liberties and privacy of all American citizens."


October 10, 2013

An Illinois man has developed a Gmail browser extension designed to randomly insert fake, nonsensical stories into the signature of every email one sends to confuse the NSA's surveillance operations.

Benjamin Grosser says "ScareMail" takes keywords from an extensive US Department of Homeland Security list used to troll social media websites and utilizes them "to disrupt the NSA's surveillance efforts by making NSA search results useless." The buzzwords include the likes of "Al-Qaeda" and "Al-Shabab," yet also more mundane terms like "breach," "threat," "death" and "hostage," among many others. Documents released by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA uses the "selector" terms to sift through Internet data it collects via a tool known as "XKEYSCORE."


October 26, 2013

VPN service CryptoSeal followed Lavabit in pulling the plug, fearing running afoul of US authorities. Ryan Lackey, co-founder of the computer firm, told RT about the current climate where people can be put behind bars just for running their businesses.

In August, the highly-encrypted email service Lavabit reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden went offline after it was ordered by a court to turn over its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) private key - a cryptographic protocol designed to facilitate communication security over the internet - to the FBI. The company objected, saying the key would grant the government access to communications by all 400,000 of its customers. Lavabit offered instead to add code to his servers which would provide the FBI the necessary information only for the target of the order. According to unsealed documents from the Federal District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, released earlier this month, the court rejected the offer, demanding that Lavabit hand over the SSL key or face a $5,000-per-day fine.

by David W. Dunlap

January 27, 2011

A Federal Protective Service directive may help if a guard stops you from taking pictures of a federal building from a public space like a sidewalk or plaza.

CNS News

October 19, 2011

The YouTube channel for "Sesame Street" is expected to be back online shortly after hackers forced its shutdown by loading X-rated material.

CNS News

by Derrik J. Lang

November 16, 2011

Link is getting a workout.

Unlike the button-mashing pursuits in previous installments of the popular Nintendo Co. franchise, "Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" is asking players to flick their wrists, wave their arms and move their hands with the gesture-recognizing Wii controller in order to guide spritely adventurer Link along an epic quest to find childhood sweetheart Zelda.

by Devvy Kidd

December 25, 2012

Regular readers of my column know my husband and I and a large group of Texans have been fighting installation of 'smart' meters for more than a year.

If you haven't read my columns on this fight, they are at this link along with other important information. Here in Texas, intellectually lazy "reporters" have covered our battle using clever word smithing. In the column below it's to build a consensus that those who want to keep their analog meter aren't very smart: Houston Chronicle: State may let some folks keep their dumb old meters. See what I mean? Well, I don't want a meter that's dumb! I'm keeping my 'smart' meter even though I don't even know what the heck one is, I'll follow the herds!

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