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Tech Companies Call for End to Mass Surveillance in Letter to Obama, Congress

Tech Companies Call for End to Mass Surveillance in Letter to Obama, Congress

By Josh Wolford 16 hours ago

The group Reform Government Surveillance, which includes Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, and more, has joined dozens of other organizations in calling on the US government to reform mass surveillance and end the bulk data collection programs revealed …

The US Is Getting a New Anti-Cyberattack Agency The US Is Getting a New Anti-Cyberattack Agency

Today, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco will give a speech at the Wilson Center at an event on cyber threats. According to the Center, Monaco will “preview plans for preventing the most pernicious state …

Twitter: Government Info Requests on the Rise Twitter: Government Info Requests on the Rise

Twitter’s latest transparency report is out, and the numbers of governmental requests – both for user info and for content removal – are way up. According to Twitter, the company has seen a 40% increase in government requests for user …

Samantha Power Visits Ebola-Stricken Countries

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has flown to West Africa to encourage international support for the fight against Ebola. Power traveled through Guinea on Sunday and landed on Monday in Sierra Leone. She also plans to visit Liberia …

Edward Snowden Granted More Time in Russia Edward Snowden Granted More Time in Russia

Edward Snowden is likely staying in Russia for the foreseeable future. The 31-year-old former NSA analyst, who famously leaked (and continues to leak) documents and anecdotes about the US government’s massive surveillance initiative, has been granted a three-year residence permit …

Twitter Would Be More Transparent, If It Could Twitter Would Be More Transparent, If It Could

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead, …

Government Asks Dead Men to Register for the Draft

You may be 120 years old, dead, and enjoying your eternal peace – but the US government wants you to know that its not done with you yet. The Selective Service System erroneously mailed out over 14,000 reminders to register …

Iraq F-16s: First Of 36 To Be Delivered This Week

This week, Reuters reports, Lockheed Martin Corp will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, giving Iraq the capability of defending its “3,600 km of borders” according to Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily, who spoke with Reuters through …

FDA's E-Cig Regulations Irk Advocates on All Sides FDA's E-Cig Regulations Irk Advocates on All Sides

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently regulates your traditional forms of tobacco–cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. Of course, some new players have joined the nicotine party as of late-the most notable being the electronic cigarette, or e-cig (or …

Garamond Typeface Can Save US Millions, Says Teen

Could something as little as changing what font it uses on documents save the US Government millions of dollars each year? Yes, says student Suvir Mirchandani. The 14-year-old discovered his findings when he decided to look for ways to cut …

Wal-Mart Admits To Dependence On Food Stamps

Wal-mart Stores, Inc. declared an interesting factor in their bottom line when they filed their Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The world’s largest retailer officially admitted that certain changes in government assistance programs, especially the …

The TSA Found 1,477 Loaded Guns Last Year
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Most government agencies are controversial. Chances are good that if you just start throwing out letters – EPA! IRS! DHS! – you’ll touch on something that could easily cause a Thanksgiving dinner argument. Of course, the Transportation Security Administration is …

Here's F*ck You Congress, a New Single-Purpose Site
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As the gears continue to sit, idle, at our nation’s capital – you probably feel powerless. And right now, you are. There’s a log jam in Washington and there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it. Wait, this just …

New Site: Drunk Dial a Random Member of Congress

As the government shutdown continues, you should take a break from continually drunk dialing your ex and instead, drunk dial a member of Congress. A new, single-service site called DrunkDialCongress wants you to call and yell at a random member …

Janet Yellen Nominated to Lead Federal Reserve Janet Yellen Nominated to Lead Federal Reserve

As expected, President Obama announced Wednesday that he would be nominating Fed vice chairwoman Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve. She would replace retiring chairman Ben Bernanke. “For nearly 8 years, Ben has led the Fed through some of …

Popular Gov't Shutdown Tweet Read on House Floor
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Sometimes, it takes a Twitter user to perfectly sum up exactly what’s going on in Washington right now. And sometimes, that internet voice makes its way to the House floor. This tweet from Think Progress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum is one …

Government Shutdown, As Told by Twitter’s Funniest

So, it happened. The government shut down. Although many government-run sites are now down for the count, it’s a good thing we still have the non-government-owned Twitter to help us all cope. Sometimes, a situation is so goddamn ludicrous, that …