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Daniel Villegas: Out On Bail After 19 Years In Prison

Daniel Villegas: Out On Bail After 19 Years In Prison

By Val Powell January 15, 2014

An El Paso, Texas man who had been convicted of double murder and imprisoned for life was freed Tuesday, 19 years after being sent to prison. Witnesses, supporters and family members all maintain that he was wrongly sent to prison. …

Gunman in Afghanistan Shoots Down Female Officer Gunman in Afghanistan Shoots Down Female Officer
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Sub-inspector for the criminal investigation unit, Negar, was buying grass for her lambs in a local market in the Helmand province when she was shot down by two men on a motorcycle yesterday, according to reports from provincial government spokesman …

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare 5-4 Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare 5-4

In what is sure to be a hotpoint in this political cycle and maybe even the next few years, the Supreme Court of the United States of America upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with a 5-4 split …

UK Police Can Now Access Cell Data On The Fly UK Police Can Now Access Cell Data On The Fly

In what is another erosion of freedom for the people of the UK, the police now have the ability to access the information on your cell phones while out in the field with mobile device data extraction system called the …

Internet Use Promotes Democracy in Free Countries Internet Use Promotes Democracy in Free Countries

Although use of the internet has been credited with helping spur democratic revolutions in the Arab world and elsewhere, a new multinational study suggests the internet is most likely to play a role only in specific situations. Researchers at Ohio …

14 Powerful Freedom of Speech Videos 14 Powerful Freedom of Speech Videos
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Google has a new YouTube channel for its “Big Tent” events full of wonderful videos featuring keynotes and other inspirational discussions on topic like free speech, privacy, digital literacy, the economy and arts & culture. “The Internet has transformed society …

Obama Chastises Iran Over Internet Policies Obama Chastises Iran Over Internet Policies

The first day of spring is also the first day on the Iranian calendar, and on that day Iran celebrates the holiday of Nowruz. With families in Iran coming together today, the White House has released a video aimed at …

Rise of E-Books and Restriction of Content Rise of E-Books and Restriction of Content

PayPal is sparking some tension in the publishing world by requesting that e-book contributors ban books that contain “obscene themes including rape, bestiality or incest.” PayPal notified Mark Coker, founder of e-book publisher and distributor of Smashwords, that it would …

Censored Twitter? No Worries, There’s A Workaround Censored Twitter? No Worries, There’s A Workaround

Are you worried about Twitter’s news that they are going to begin censoring tweets in certain countries? Worry not as there is an easy workaround. Twitter posted a handy FAQ about their new “country withheld content” guidelines. In it, it …

China Pleads Innocence For YouTube Outage

Remember all the discussion of China and its approach to the Internet that was heard around the Beijing youtube-logoOlympics? It seems that a lot of that type of coverage has slid into the background until recently. Apparently once Google gets involved these items become news again.

Has 9/11 Become “The” National Holiday?

 

Russia’s Medvedev Seems Okay With Online Freedoms

Say what you want about censorship in Russia; the man who will likely become the country’s next president publicly recognized that, at least in theory, the Internet has made the spread of information much freer.Russia's Medvedev Seems Okay With Online Freedoms

Internet Taxes Banned Up Until 2014

The internet tax freedom act has been extended another 7 years. It was down to the wire, but the vote was unanimous. The House passed the bill that the Senate passed last week. It passed 402-0. The current law was going to expire in two days. It’s expected that President Bush will sign it into law.

Congress Mulls Fines For Cooperation With China

Have a seat; your hypocrisy detectors are about to blow. First the good news: The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs passed the Global Online Freedom Act, which would penalize companies like Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco for aiding countries like China spy on political dissidents.

You Didn’t Read This In The Newspaper
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Newspaper publishers have retreated to a local focus that gives them the best chance of retaining subscribers and favorable advertising rates. It’s meant something different for readers when it comes to news topics beyond the city limits.

Reactions to Amazon MP3 Store
Our news story and analysis "What The Amazon Store Is…And Is Not" got so many links and hits that we thought we’d take a look across the web to see what other’s thought of the opening of Amazon’s MP3 Download Store.

Schmidt Talks Freedom; China Still Out Of Luck

Google CEO Eric Schmidt ascended to the Aspen Summit to discuss what freedom and openness means to his company and its customers.