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In 2011, Everest Pipkin and Zoë Sparks, two artists living in Austin, Texas, started collecting unremarkable, seldom-viewed videos off YouTube: a man in a green cardigan imitating bird whistles. Kermit the Frog at a shopping mall meet and greet. A Swedish woman drinking beer in the bath. Pipkin and Sparks arranged the videos into a […]

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The problem had been brewing for nearly a decade, intelligence sources had warned, as the National Security Agency vacuumed up more and more surveillance information into computer systems at its Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters: There just wasn’t enough power coming through the local electric grid to support the rate at which the agency was hoarding […]

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Like many preteens prescribed heavy-duty amphetamines, I had difficulty sleeping. This manifested in a variety of ways, but the most common was sneaking out of my room to watch my favorite late-night channel, The Weather Channel, until I passed out from exhaustion on my family’s Southwestern-patterned sofa. (For an experience enhancer while reading this essay, […]

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'American Taliban' Lindh To Be Released From Prison Next Month

April 17, 2019           |                                       

John Walker Lindh, an American who pleaded guilty in 2002 to fighting for the Taliban, is to be released in May after serving 17 years in prison. Court papers filed this month said the 38-year-old, dubbed “American Taliban,” will be released from prison in Indiana on May 23. Documents filed last week with the federal […]

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Digital rights activists stood fast for net neutrality Wednesday despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dismissal of the widespread support of the Save the Internet Act, citing the millions who tuned in to watch the U.S. House vote over the bill. As the House prepared to vote, the Kentucky Republican said that regardless of the […]

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Public Citizen sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday for allegedly blocking access to the consumer group’s website on her department’s guest Wi-Fi and internal networks. “No way are we going to let them get away with suppressing our views.” —Robert Weissman, Public Citizen “This is a blatant violation of the First Amendment,” Public Citizen […]

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Facebook, Google Face Crackdown on Disturbing Content

April 8, 2019           |                                       

LONDON (AP) — Tech giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist propaganda and child porn. Britain called for a first-of-its-kind watchdog for social media that could fine executives and even ban companies. And a […]

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Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. A new series from The Intercept, “The Threat Within” takes a deep dive into examining federal terrorism prosecutions in the United States since 9/11. This week on Intercepted: The Intercept’s Alice Speri discusses her investigation into the FBI’s creation […]

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Google ScreenWise: Consenting to Surveillance Capitalism

March 29, 2019           |                                       

Google has further blurred the lines of corporate invasion of privacy with the introduction of Google Opinion Rewards, a survey app for Android and iOS users that allows them to earn “rewards.” In exchange, Google gets access to the phone screens and web browser windows of those who use the app. Rather than fool regular […]

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YouTube creator and marketing consultant Rachel Nguyen on the difference between doing your own work and collaborating with clients, letting your true self exist on the internet, and navigating success and failure. As a mostly freelancer, how do you remove ego when you’re forced to brand yourself and make people aware of who you are […]

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A new website exposes the extent to which Apple cooperates with Chinese government internet censorship, blocking access to Western news sources, information about human rights and religious freedoms, and privacy-enhancing apps that would circumvent the country’s pervasive online surveillance regime. The new site, AppleCensorship.com, allows users to check which apps are not accessible to people […]

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