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Here Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Plan To Make The Internet More Affordable

The Internet is expensive. Sure, you may think that the $60 you pay a month for cable isn’t that much, but what about the estimated 5 billion people around the world who don’t even have access to basic Internet services. The costs of connecting those people to the world wide Web are immense, and nobody wants to foot the bill. …

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NSA Built Secret Social Network To Spy On Americans

How many social networks do you use today? If you’re like most Internet users, you at least have a Facebook and Twitter account. After that, you might also hop onto Google+, Instagram, Vine or Pinterest. If you really want to push your social hipster cred, you might even still rock a MySpace profile. Regardless of your social network allegiances, you …

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15% of Americans Don’t Use the Internet

You’re reading this article. You probably checked your email at some point this morning. You also posted a Facebook update, checked your Twitter feed, or scrolled over reddit too. I know you did – I won’t tell your boss. To you, it’s inconceivable that in this day and age, there are people who don’t use the internet for these things. …

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Popular Science Disables Comments, Says They’re ‘Undermining Bedrock Scientific Doctrine’

At what point do internet comments, whether they are civil or uncivil, begin to undermine the entire purpose of the site on which they are hosted? Whatever that point is, Popular Science has apparently reached it. In an article appearing on the site, Online Content Director Suzanne LaBarre leaves little question as to why the long-running magazine has decided to …

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte Introduces Internet Tax Legislation In House

Back in August, Sens. Ron Wyden and John Thune introduced legislation that would permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998. The legislation prevents state and local governments from taxing Internet services. Now similar legislation has finally been introduced in the House. The Hill reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Anna Eshoo have introduced the …

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Darrell Issa Calls For Another Vote On House Amendment That Would Defund The NSA

In late July, an amendment that would have defunded the NSA’s phone metadata collection program was brought to the House floor. It was narrowly defeated in a 205-217 vote, but now one of the lawmakers who voted against it wants to bring it back. Rep. Darrell Issa, a lawmaker that’s usually pretty good on tech issues, originally voted no on …

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Obama Says Declassified FISA Court Order Proves NSA Oversight Works

Is the NSA subject to enough oversight? It’s supporters would continue to have you believe that to be the case, including President Obama. In a recent interview with CNN, the president addresses the recent declassified court order that said the NSA collected thousands of “wholly domestic” emails in 2011. He said that this particular case is proof that the safeguards …

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Obama Appoints Four White House Insiders To NSA Review Panel

Two weeks ago today, President Obama proposed a number of reforms to the NSA and FISA court in response to the Snowden leak. The reforms were largely cosmetic changes meant to give the illusion of real change, but there was one proposal that could actually do some good. He proposed the creation of an independent review board that would determine …

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Government Declassifies Court Opinion That Says NSA Violated The Fourth Amendment

One of the big talking points from NSA proponents is how the agency’s spy programs are constitutional. That’s debatable and many in Congress feel that the agency has largely overstepped its bounds in the collection of American’s cellphone metadata. Even so, the FISA court that oversees these requests for data largely support the NSA’s activities. There was one brief moment …

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Vine Cat-Kicker Arrested, Charged with Cruelty to Animals

A viral animal abuse video has led to an arrest, and the perpetrator faces a maximum of 60 days in jail on a charge of cruelty to animals. 17-year-old Walter Easley will be back in court on September 12th to face charges after a Vine video that shows Easley kicking a cat went viral with the help of 4chan, reddit, …

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Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Make The Internet Available To All

The Internet is the single greatest invention in the history of mankind. It has the power to change how we see the world by exposing us to different ideas and cultures without ever leaving our home. It’s that transformative power that makes the Internet so special, and why it’s imperative that more people get connected. Unfortunately, there are a few …

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Groklaw To Shut Down As Editor Doesn’t Want Government Going Through Its Virtual Underwear

Groklaw, an award-winning and highly respected legal site dealing mainly in software law, is shutting down due to fears of government spying. Specifically, the site’s editor Pam Jones has determined that she can’t stand the idea of the government reading emails, and doesn’t see how the site can go on. Earlier this month, email provider Lavabit (which was reportedly used …

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