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Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018

Reddit has said the number of government requests for user data has more than doubled in 2018 than on the previous year. The news and content sharing site said in its latest transparency report, posted Wednesday, it received a 752 requests from governments during the year, up from 310 requests a year earlier. Broken down, that’s 171 requests to preserve account data — up from 79 requests in 2017; and 581 requests to produce user data — up from 231 requests. Reddit said it complied with 77 per...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Politics, Privacy, Government, China, Articles, Tech, Culture, Beijing, United States, Xi Jinping, President, Tencent, Reddit, Steve Huffman


Book review: No is not enough, by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein usually takes several years to research and write a book. No is not Enough is different, written in speedy response to the election of Donald Trump. It’s brimming with anger and disgust at Trump and his politics, but is occasionally hopeful too. Most of all, it’s a call to arms to those stunned […]
Tags: Books, Politics, Activism, Future, Donald Trump, Naomi Klein, Trump


Saudi Arabia denies involvement in leak of Jeff Bezos’ private messages

In his extraordinary Medium post last week accusing American Media Inc of “extortion and blackmail,” Bezos hinted (but did not explicitly state) that there may be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his personal messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Arabia’s minister of foreign affairs has denied it was involved, stating during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi government had “nothing to do with it.” Last month, the National Enquirer published a serie...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Post, Politics, Abc, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Cbs, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Central Intelligence Agency, Trump, Bezos


Government’s secret post-Brexit plan must rule out the Singapore model

Whitehall should publish the findings of ‘Project After’ to clarify the direction of UK industrial strategy in the case of no-dealThere are plans under discussion in Whitehall to cope with the long-term consequences of a no-deal Brexit. Dubbed Project After, these plans involve Whitehall officials poring over the government’s entire portfolio of tax and spending commitments and how they might be adjusted once the UK tumbles out of the European Union’s single market and tariff-free customs area.C...
Tags: Twitter, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Technology, Media, Internet, Singapore, Social Media, European Union, UK News, World news, Blogging, Britain, Asia Pacific


Maybe Amazon HQ2 won't happen in New York after all?

As New York lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) continue to oppose Amazon.com's plans to establish a second headquarters there, Amazon execs have been internally talking about ways to reassess the situation, and explore alternatives for 'HQ2.' “Amazon is thinking of pulling out of New York HQ2 deal because of strong opposition from local politicians,” writes Robert McCartney of the Washington Post on his scoop today. “Northern Virginia could get some or all of the jobs s...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, Politics, New York, Technology, News, Washington Post, Senate, Virginia, Tech, US news, Queens, Bill De Blasio, Nashville, Jeff Bezos


George Orwell’s Essay “British Cookery” is Officially Published 70 Years After It Was Rejected by the British Council (1946)

Image by BBC, via Wikimedia Commons Voltaire once joked that Britain had “a hundred religions and only one sauce.” In my experience, that sauce is a curry, which was already a British staple in Voltaire’s time. No doubt he had something much blander in mind. Of course, it’s all hyperbolic fun until someone takes offense, as did George Orwell in 1946, when he wrote, against Voltairean stereotypes, about the misunderstood pleasures of British food. His essay, “British Cookery," was commissioned b...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Bbc, Britain, Daily Mail, George Orwell, Food & Drink, Yorkshire, Literature, Council, New York Public Library, Orwell, Facebook Twitter, Voltaire, Josh Jones


CreativeFuture Asks New Congress for Greater Oversight of Internet Giants

WASHINGTON — CreativeFuture, the industry-led coalition of content creators, sent a letter to all members of the new Congress calling for greater oversight of major internet platforms. The letter is not advocating for any specific piece of legislation, but comes amid an environment of greater scrutiny of tech companies. The CEOs of Google, Facebook, and […]
Tags: Google, Politics, News, Congress, Washington, Google Facebook, President Trump, Creativefuture, Congress for Greater Oversight of Internet Giants


How millennials can become a successful generation

Millennials keep waiting for technology to fix their problems, but they can improve their quality of life now through voting and civic engagement.Baby boomers participate in politics and turn up to vote at much higher rates, so their priorities dominate the political system. (The median member of Congress is 59 years old. That's bad.)Removing roadblocks to voting will help millennials realize their political power so they can vote for issues that affect them most, like climate change policy, rai...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Congress, Democracy, Aging, Society, History, United States, Innovation, Millennials, Social Change


Facebook de-platforms 4 Myanmar armed groups. Military behind Rohingya abuse didn't like them either.

Facebook said in a blog post today it has banned content from four armed groups in Myanmar (Burma), and promises to continue to remove all “related praise, support, and representation.” There's big pressure for Facebook to do the right thing in the Southeast Asian country where the social media platform has been used to incite racial tension and violence. Here is the entire Facebook post, links removed: Over the past year, we have repeatedly taken action against violent actors and bad content...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Business, Politics, Technology, Human Rights, News, Indonesia, Social Media, Tech, World news, Myanmar, Rohingya, Kia, Facebook Posts, Reuters


Is free expression online threatened by content removal?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


Is free expression online threatened?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


After Trump intervenes, Foxconn changes Wisconsin factory story yet again

Just days after Foxconn said its Wisconsin factory was pivoting from being a giant factory to being a very small something else, Foxconn now says the plan is now back on again. What could have induced the surprise change of heart? Foxconn's Chairman had a “personal conversation” with Donald Trump. From Josh Dzieza at The Verge: “After productive discussions between the White House and the company, and after a personal conversation between President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Terry Gou, F...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, White House, US, America, Tech, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Foxconn, Trump, Harrisburg


Leave. EU and Arron Banks insurance firm fined £120,000 for data breaches

Information commissioner also launches data protection audit after Brexit violationsThe information commissioner has launched an audit into Leave.EU and the insurance company owned by the campaign’s key financial backer, Arron Banks, after fining the organisations a total of £120,000 for data protection violations during the EU referendum campaign.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced in November that it intended to fine the two companies, which it determined were closely linked,...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Eu, UK News, Data Protection, Information commissioner, Brexit, Arron Banks, Office ICO


Mueller seized terabytes of data from Roger Stone

In a federal court filing making the rounds on Thursday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says the evidence seized from Roger Stone's residences is "voluminous and complex," and includes computer storage devices that contain “terabytes” of data representing decades of communication records from Stone's numerous mobile devices and online accounts. His bank records, his text messages, and I'd imagine his passwords or encryption keys. This is only the beginning of what the feds will ...
Tags: Apple, Post, Politics, News, US news, Fbi, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone, Stone, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Picks, Brad Heath, Darren Samuelsohn, Melissa McEwan


Ex-NSA American mercenaries for UAE used 'Karma' to hack journalists and human rights activists

Former NSA spies have been working for the government of the United Arab Emirates as hacker mercenaries, helping the UAE attack journalists, dissidents, and human rights activists. This is a great read, and a shocking story from Reuters. With the help of former U.S. intelligence operatives, United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats, and foreign adversaries. Targeted in the attacks: the former deputy prime minister of Turkey, a Qatari emir, and a Nobel Laureate of Yem...
Tags: Apple, Post, Politics, News, Nsa, Qatar, Turkey, Karma, Hacking, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Yemen, Cyberwar, Uae, Gulf, Reuters


Foxconn Admits It's Not Building a Factory in Wisconsin Anymore Despite Scoring $4 Billion Deal From Taxpayers

Foxconn, one of the largest electronics manufacturing companies in the world, received $4 billion worth of subsidies and infrastructure spending from the state of Wisconsin to build a new factory there. But the plan for that factory seems to be unraveling by the day. In fact, Foxconn now admits that they’re no longer…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Politics, Science, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Foxconn, Mt Pleasant, Tax Incentives, President Trump


Trump’s government shutdown cut off access to crucial public data

President Donald Trump reopened the US government last Friday after his 35-day-long attempt to compel members of Congress to fund a wall along the southern border ended in abject failure. By all accounts, except perhaps the President’s own, the longest shutdown in modern US politics was a complete catastrophe. According to experts, it’s lingering effects may never be fully understood. Especially when it comes to the gaps and delays caused by a lack of data – the people’s data. The most visible a...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Congress, US, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Donald Trump, Trump


Facebook to create 'war room' to fight fake news, Nick Clegg says

Dublin operations centre to target political misinformation ahead of EU elections in MayFacebook will tackle political misinformation in the run-up to the EU elections this May with a new “war room” based in Dublin, the company’s incoming communications chief, Nick Clegg, has announced.In his first speech as Facebook’s top public face, Clegg said the company would be setting up an “operations centre focused on elections integrity, based in Dublin, this spring”. The centre will build on the compa...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Politics, Technology, Social Networking, US, Eu, European Union, World news, Nick Clegg, Data Protection, Dublin, Clegg, MayFacebook


Technology doesn't win wars. Why the US pretends it does.

Wars of the future will not even look like wars to the traditional mind. The worst threat is systemic. It's growing entropy in the global system.Today, when Russia wants to shake up Europe — the world — its operatives weaponize refugees. That is, by bombing civilian centers, they create an avalanche of refugees, which, in turn, creates Brexit and the rise of right-wing national parties that want to disembowel the European Union.High-tech is not the savior that many futurists pretend it is when i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Technology, Russia, US, United States, Innovation, Brexit, McFate, European Union High


China App Detects Nearby Debtors, Encourages Snitching

An app developed in China allows users to tell when they are nearby a person who is in debt, an absurdly invasive system that works alongside China’s social credit system, which will soon be used to keep its citizens in-line and prevent wrongthink. Known as the “Map of Deadbeat Debtors”, the app became available in […]
Tags: Politics, Technology, China, International, Smartphones, Anime, Hebei


Better way to be a bean-counter | Brief letters

Paying tax | Suez crisis | James Dyson | Welsh language | London’s new concert hallWhile heartily endorsing Frances Ryan’s comments (G2, 23 January) on the joy of tax, may I also strengthen her resolve by reminding her that by filling in her tax return she can help those less fortunate than herself without having to do anything silly or exhausting like sit in a bath of baked beans or run a midnight marathon.Anne SummersHonorary research fellow, Birkbeck, University of London• John Coad (Letters,...
Tags: Business, Politics, Technology, London, Money, Wales, Africa, Tax, UK News, World news, Tax and spending, Banking, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Hsbc


Congress Now Wants Twitter to Explain How That Covington Teens Video Went Viral

Pretty much half the news media is backpedaling from their coverage of footage of white Covington Catholic High School students in MAGA hats taunting and harassing a Native American elder, Nathan Phillips, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in DC amid the Indigenous Peoples’ March earlier this month. Footage of the…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Social Media, Native Americans, Dc, Bots, Lincoln Memorial, Maga, Nathan Phillips, Covington Catholic High School, Covington Catholic, Indigenous Peoples March, Maga Teens, Congress Now Wants Twitter


DHS issues security order after DNS hijack attacks from Iran, 6 agency domains already affected

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday issued an “emergency” security alert urging federal civilian agencies to secure login credentials for their respective internet domain records. The alert follows up on a recent report of DNS attacks said to have originated in Iran. In today's statement, DHS says managers need to audit DNS records for unauthorized edits, update their passwords, and turn on multi-factor authentication for all accounts through which DNS records could be altered. Ag...
Tags: Security, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Government, US, Iran, Dhs, Hacking, Hackers, Homeland Security, Department Of Homeland Security, Dns, Cisa, Zdnet


For Immediate Release 172: The double-edged sword of a Facebook meme

Suspicion about the consequences and outcomes of the #10YearChallenge meme on Facebook kicked off discussion in the January episode of “The Hobson & Holtz Report”, aka FIR podcast episode 172. Is it just a harmless meme? Or is it a surveillance nightmare? Shel and Neville weight in. Here’s the line-up of all the topics that caught our attention and prompted lively conversation in this episode: Lost trust in Facebook led to wariness about a user-generated meme.Adobe is bringing part...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, Instagram, Adobe, Social Networks, Advertising, Marketing, Communication, Public Relations, Eu, Society, Blogging


Companies press Brexit panic button in further blow to Theresa May

P&O opts for Cypriot flag, Sony confirms HQ move and Pets at Home stockpiles cat foodThe scale of no-deal panic gripping major companies has been thrown into sharp focus by a series of damage-limitation announcements, as corporate Britain signalled it is running out of patience with Westminster gridlock.Sir James Dyson, the Brexit-backing billionaire, dealt a further blow to the government by revealing he is shifting his company headquarters to Singapore in a move that drew sharp criticism. Cont...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, Singapore, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Transport, Water transport, Sony, Corporate Governance, Transport policy


Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices

Last September, two former National Football League players launched an app called Politiscope to track the voting records of members of Congress and the bills that they were introducing — and provide non-partisan information about what those bills and votes would mean to voters. The pro-football-playing brothers, Walter Powell Jr. and Brandon Williams, launched the app to provide an accurate accounting of what Congressional leadership was doing — something the two felt was necessary given the p...
Tags: Android, TC, Politics, Congress, Government, Senate, Office, Tech, United States, House Of Representatives, National Football League, Library Of Congress, Pew Research Center, Electronic Voting, Powell, Congressional


PayPal offering cash advances to federal workers affected by shutdown

As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, a California tech giant is pitching in: PayPal is offering interest-free cash advances of up to $500 to each affected federal employee. The San Jose-based payments company will make up to $25 million in cash advances available to any existing or new PayPal Credit customers, it said in an announcement Friday. “No matter where you stand on the issues, the fact is that 800,000 of our fellow Americans suddenly find themselves without a paycheck,” PayPal CEO ...
Tags: Business, Politics, Technology, News, California, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Paypal, Soccer, San Jose, Wells Fargo, Dan Schulman, Schulman, PayPal Credit, Top Stories LADN


To elude the parking challenges, here’s how to get to the Women’s March LA, Jan. 19, using public transportation

  Women’s March LA 2019 map. (Courtesy of Women’s March LA) You’ve decided to take part in Women’s March LA 2019 and you know that the organizers are expecting around 250,000 participants. Streets will be closed as early as 7 a.m. around Pershing Square and Los Angeles City Hall, according to the latest from Los Angeles Department of Traffic. Plus, traffic and where to park will be a challenge around Pershing Square where the rally and march kicks off. The organizers of Women’s March LA hav...
Tags: Google, Business, Politics, News, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Local News, Apple App Store, Metro, Ventura, Pershing Square, San Fernando Valley, Metrolink, Los Angeles City Hall, Metro Rail


Copenhagen residents are torn over Denmark's proposed 'Silicon Valley'

The Danish government is building nine artificial islands known as Holmene off the coast of Hvidovre.The 33 million square feet of new land will house 380 businesses and 170 acres of parkland, creating 30,000 new jobs. Local residents fear this project will alienate the middle class while disrupting traffic and public transportation systems in nearby Copenhagen. None In 1997, I lived in San Bruno, just north of what has been referred to as Silicon Valley since 1971. While the term originally de...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Politics, Technology, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Innovation, Urban Planning, Denmark, Silicon Valley, Copenhagen, Pacific, Golden Gate Bridge, Baltic Sea, San Francisco Bay, Public Spaces


What Miley Cyrus’ birthday tweet to her hubby has to do with EU’s upcoming Copyright Reform

Welcome to my insidious trap. We all know it’s never the best or the most important articles that get clicks. It’s always ‘THE ANSWER WILL SHOCK YOU’, celebrity gossip, and cute cats that hog all of that sweet sweet traffic. I usually cover ‘boring’ (yet incredibly important) regulation stuff, like EU’s highly contested Copyright Reform — which doesn’t get read a whole lot. But after seeing ‘Miley Cyrus wishes Liam Hemsworth a happy birthday all over social media and it’s the sweetest‘ I decided...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Politics, Tech, Eu, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Distract



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