Nov 262019
 

DONATE NOW TO SUPPORT THIS NON-PROFIT LIBRARY FOR ALLToday, the Internet Archive launches is End of Year Fundraising Campaign. We’re lucky to have a 2-to-1 Matching Grant for the next few weeks, so your impact will be tripled if you give today. Of the 1.1 million people who use the Internet Archive each day, only a tiny percentage donate. Why give? Here are ten great reasons to support the Internet’s non-profit library for all: #1. The…

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Nov 192019
 

Matt Lowne is a very popular YouTuber with a passion for the simulation game Kerbal Space Program. Since 2013 he’s amassed close to 56 million views but late last week, his video world was turned upside down. In common with many YouTubers, Matt didn’t want any copyright issues on his channel. So, to play things safely, he obtained the track ‘Dreams‘ by Joakim Karud from YouTube’s very own audio library for use in his intro.…

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Nov 182019
 

On June 5, Washington, D.C. council member Kenyan McDuffie introduced the Go-Go Official Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act of 2019. Go-go is the heavily percussive music-culture begun by the inimitable musician Chuck Brown in the 1970s that quickly became the quintessential element of D.C.’s Chocolate City era, right alongside Ben’s Chili Bowl, mambo sauce, and Madness shirts. Why the district is just now officially recognizing it has everything to do with how…

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Nov 182019
 

Matt Lowne is a very popular YouTuber with a passion for the simulation game Kerbal Space Program. Since 2013 he’s amassed close to 56 million views but late last week, his video world was turned upside down. In common with many YouTubers, Matt didn’t want any copyright issues on his channel. So, to play things safely, he obtained the track ‘Dreams‘ by Joakim Karud from YouTube’s very own audio library for use in his intro.…

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Nov 182019
 

Mysterious Galaxy is a wonderful, longstanding science fiction bookstore, host to readings for the Clarion Workshop, designated bookseller for Comic-Con signings, and much more. And while the 27-year-old bookstore is profitable, with 5-10% year-on-year sales growth and mounting profits, it is still operating on thin enough margins that it is vulnerable to shocks, and now the store has lost its lease, a shock that has endangered the store’s future. In an email to customers and…

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Nov 172019
 

Mainstream commentators continue to assert that Evo Morales oversaw a fraudulent election in Bolivia that led to his resignation. But the “resignation” was a coup — and there’s still no proof the election was even fraudulent. Former president of Bolivia Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico on November 13, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Hector Vivas / Getty Images) On November 10, Bolivian president Evo Morales was…

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Nov 172019
 

Elizabeth Warren’s new health care proposal, released yesterday, is practically tailor-made to divide, depress, marginalize, and exhaust any political will for single payer before we’ve even begun the final fight. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum at the Iowa Events Center on August 10, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) A recurring argument for Bernie Sanders in this primary is that he understands our obstacles are…

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Nov 172019
 

Public Policy Polling has taken a poll in New York state on whether the state should make it more difficult for parties to be ballot-qualified.  The results are that 64% are opposed; 25% are in favor; and 10% are undecided.  See this story. The proposal, pushed by some leaders of the Democratic Party, would increase the number of votes for a group to be a qualified party, from 50,000 votes for Governor, to 150,000.

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Nov 172019
 

We spend a lot of time focusing on the epic side of free software and user freedom: joys come from providing encrypted communication options to journalists and political dissidents; losses are when IoT devices are used to victimize and abuse. I think a lot about the little ways technology interacts with our lives, the threats to or successes for user freedom we encounter in regular situations that anyone can find themselves able to understand: sexting…

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Nov 172019
 

A Pew Study found that 60% of Americans believe that they are being continuously tracked by companies and the government, 69% mistrust the companies doing the tracking, 80% believe that advertisers and social media sites are collecting worrisome data, 79% think the companies lie about breaches, and 80% believe that nothing they do will make a difference. Among Black people, the stats are (justifiably) grimmer: 73% of Black users worry about law-enforcement abuse of their…

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Nov 172019
 

Today marks one year since yellow-vested protesters first occupied roundabouts and intersections across France. The movement has given a voice to parts of society that usually go ignored — and the newfound spirit of revolt is continuing to shake Emmanuel Macron’s government. Gilets jaunes protesters chant against President Macron at the Fontaine des Innocents during the second day of protests to mark the first anniversary of the movement, on November 17, 2019 in Paris, France.…

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Nov 172019
 

Iran, one of the countries most strongly identified with the rise cyber terrorism and malicious hacking, appears now to be using an iron fist to turn on its own. The country has reportedly shut down nearly all internet access in the country in retaliation to escalating protests that were originally ignited by a rise in fuel prices, according to readings taken by NetBlocks, an NGO that monitors cybersecurity and internet governance around the world. Confirmed:…

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Nov 152019
 

Public.Resource.Org has one simple mission: to improve public access to government documents, including our laws. Public Resource believes—and EFF agrees—that everyone should be able to read, analyze, and share the laws that govern us, without having to pay a gatekeeper or sign a contract. Sounds uncontroversial, right? Not for the standards organizations that sued Public Resource, claiming that they have the right to control access to a huge chunk of the law because they convened…

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Nov 142019
 

Today, we are told that the bigness of Big Tech giants was inevitable: the result of “network effects.” For example, once everyone you want to talk to is on Facebook, you can’t be convinced to use another, superior service, because all the people you’d use that service to talk to are still on Facebook. And of course, those people also can’t leave Facebook, because you’re still there. But network effects were once a double-edge sword,…

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Nov 142019
 

US government told it must give a reason to snub policy A federal judge in the US state of Washington has struck down a settlement that would allow people to post blueprints and instructions to 3D-print guns, claiming it was unlawful.…

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Nov 142019
 

In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court has held that the federal government’s suspicionless searches of smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices at airports or other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional. The ruling in our case is a recognition that the Constitution protects us even at the border, and that traveling to or from the United States doesn’t mean we give the government unfettered access to the trove of personal information…

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