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Creator of World Wide Web Calls For Worldwide 'We the People'

Creator of World Wide Web Calls For Worldwide 'We the People'
The inventor of the World Wide Web kicked off the 25th anniversary of the Internet Age with a call for openness and net neutrality.

Officials in Ferguson Have Set Up Barriers to Information About the Michael Brown Case

Officials in Ferguson Have Set Up Barriers to Information About the Michael Brown Case
When Jack Gillum of the AP asked the city of Ferguson, MO., for copies of records related to the shooting of the unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, by one of their town's police officers, he was effectively told no.
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CIA Redacts the Price it Paid for a Personal Computer in 1987 Because These Things Matter

CIA Redacts the Price it Paid for a Personal Computer in 1987 Because These Things Matter
The CIA's reliance on decades-old laws governing "sensitive" disclosure has led to some ridiculous redacting. Among the most comical: The amount the CIA paid for a PC in 1987.

Big Tech Abandons Lying ALEC

Big Tech Abandons Lying ALEC
Three major tech companies—Google, Facebook, and Yahoo—all announced last week that they are abandoning the American Legislative Exchange Council, a pro-business lobbying group that has pushed to block or gut environmental regulations at the state and local level in recent years.
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Civic Wants, Civic Needs, Civic Tech

Civic Wants, Civic Needs, Civic Tech
I just spent a fascinating few days at the Code for America summit where we had the opportunity to learn about many projects occurring at the intersection of technopole and civitas: the conceptual space where a tech-enabled government and its people meet.
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Facebook Plans to Cut Ties With Conservative Policy Group ALEC

Facebook Plans to Cut Ties With Conservative Policy Group ALEC
Just one day after Google announced it was cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), fellow tech giant Facebook announced that they are "not likely" to renew their ALEC membership next year.
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Google Will Stop Supporting Climate Change Deniers

Google Will Stop Supporting Climate Change Deniers
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said Monday that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is "literally lying" that climate change is not a reality, and that its membership in ALEC "was some sort of mistake."
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Is Google Acting Like a Privatized NSA?

Is Google Acting Like a Privatized NSA?
Google's practices are "almost identical" to those of the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, Julian Assange has said.
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Apple Throws Down Privacy Gauntlet

Apple Throws Down Privacy Gauntlet
Apple made big news Thursday by announcing that they are no longer able to extract data from iOS devices for law enforcement agencies. The message from Apple is clear: they don't like being in the surveillance business, and are doing everything they can to get out of it, while still offering usable products to the general public.
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Private Memo Reveals Winding Tale Involving John McCain, the NRA and... Condors

Private Memo Reveals Winding Tale Involving John McCain, the NRA and... Condors
On July 30, 2013, Sen. John McCain placed a call to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) asking to speak to acting director B. Todd Jones. McCain wanted to talk about condors.
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