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What Uber has to do with the net neutrality debate

Is Uber’s success an argument for or against regulating the internet? Depends on who you ask.

Congress may give NSA reform one last chance before Patriot Act provisions expire

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Congress may try to rush through one last attempt at passing NSA reform before several Patriot Act provisions sunset in June.

Republicans sign resolution declaring net neutrality rules ‘shall have no force or effect’

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14 House Republicans have signed onto a resolution to strike down the FCC’s new net neutrality rules.

Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal

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WASHINGTON POST — In post-Soviet Russia, you don’t make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you. That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russia’s three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way […]

Edward Snowden explains how to make a good password

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Is your password, like John Oliver’s, under eight characters? Someone is probably reading your email.

‘Can They See My D–k?’ This website tells you what you really need to know about NSA programs

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A lot of Americans might say they don’t care about government spying—but they definitely care about their d— pics.

The FCC chairman is confident net neutrality rules will be upheld in court

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The lawsuits against the FCC’s new utility-style internet regulations have already begun, but Chairman Tom Wheeler declared Friday that he is confident his agency’s rules “will be upheld by the courts.”

Louie Gohmert gets mad about net neutrality: ‘You’re playing God with the Internet!’

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The Texas representative shouted at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for the new rules, which prevent Internet providers from blocking certain websites, selectively slowing traffic and offering “fast lanes” for higher-paying websites.

Two lawsuits target FCC’s ‘arbitrary, capricious’ net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

The next step in the net neutrality fight has arrived: litigation.

The net neutrality fight is not dead yet, as lobbyists hold out hope for new legislation

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Once the FCC has dropped its new rules to regulate the internet last month, the lobbyists were not far behind.

Republicans slam White House and FCC’s lack of transparency in crafting net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality. A decision to impose tough new regulations on cable and wireless companies that provide Internet service to Americans wasn't influenced by politics, a top U.S. regulator told House lawmakers on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Republicans have begun their probe into whether the White House was improperly involved in the Federal Communications Commission’s drafting of net neutrality rules.

House of Cards enters the net neutrality fight

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Netflix is fighting AT&T in a PR-war over net neutrality with everything they’ve got—including snarky House of Cards tweets.

ISFLC Panel: Robotic future is already here, along with ethical questions

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From driverless cars to robot waiters to even the use of smarter drones, ignore the nay-sayers who insist robot technology will leave millions jobless and all of us worse off (unless, of course, you are that poor woman whose hair was eaten by a Roomba). In fact, the technological revolution is maturing and inevitable, according […]

App wants to help you ‘optimize your social life,’ make the most of your ‘emotional bandwidth’

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Add this to the list of things people now need to rely on their phones for — deciding who to hang out with and who to cut out of their lives. A new app wants to do just that. Pplkpr, pronounced “People Keeper,” is an app that pairs up with wrisbands and devices that can […]

Never Mind: TSA not going to review your credit card history for PreCheck approval

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#Whew.

TSA wants to read your Facebook posts and view online purchases before approving you for PreCheck

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Just when you thought the TSA couldn’t get any more invasive… Now the Transportation Security Administration doesn’t just want to check out your naked picture and go through your physical belongings, they also want to have access to your online profile and Internet history as well. Since 2013, the TSA PreCheck program has been available […]

Snapchat disappearing act pulled by FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission finalized its settlement with Snapchat Wednesday over the company’s allegedly false advertising that photos and videos sent through the social app are permanently deleted.

Professor: ‘Elf on the Shelf’ teaches children to accept surveillance state

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It’s not just Santa who sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake anymore. The “Elf on the Shelf” phenomenon has taken over as a prevailing Christmas tradition, but one professor warns that it could actually be indicative of a much larger societal shift — a shift that helps normalize a Big Brother culture […]

Uber reverses course after raising prices during Sydney hostage crisis

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Uber said it was providing free rides out of a Sydney business district affected by an ongoing hostage situation. It’s taken heat because that wasn’t the initial policy.

World Wide Web inventor calls internet access a ‘human right’

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, informs the media about human rights and the World Wide Web. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web said Thursday that affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right. Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the Web in 1990, made the remarks as he released his World Wide Web Foundation’s latest report tracking the Internet’s global impact, the Associated Press reported. Berners-Lee said […]