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Google's Brin Worries About Open Web, As Google Gets Into More Privacy Messes

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Sergey Brin Blames Everyone For Threatening Web's Open Future. In an interview with Britain's Guardian newspaper, Google cofounder Sergey Brin has alleged the free Internet is facing its greatest threat yet, from government efforts to control publication of and access to information by citizens (including the U.S.), over-zealous rights holders...
Google's Brin Worries About Open Web, As Google Gets Into More Privacy Messes

Pew Report: Citizens turning to Internet for government data, policy and services

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Anyone who's been watching the Internet knows that a lot of interesting things are happening online with government. Government entities have begun to open up their data to the public, including state, local, and the federal government efforts with websites like data.gov. A new research report on online government from...
Pew Report: Citizens turning to Internet for government data, policy and services
Tony Hsieh's New Twist on Hacking the Downtown Vegas Tech Ecosystem

Hip-Hop Site Dajaz1 Speaks Out On Government’s “Digital Guantanamo”

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Since Wired first covered the saga of  Dajaz1's November, 2010 seizure for alleged copyright infringement last week the site has responded to the government's actions in a blog post heavy with quotes from their "super awesome attorney," Andrew Bridges.  Mr. Bridges states that the owner of the site is grateful the U.S....
Hip-Hop Site Dajaz1 Speaks Out On Government’s “Digital Guantanamo”

How Google Decides: Google's Transparency Report and What It Reveals About the Company's Role in the World

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Google's position in circulating information and ideas online gives it a special view into government efforts to clamp down on speech. With its Transparency Report, it tries to share what it knows....
How Google Decides: Google's Transparency Report and What It Reveals About the Company's Role in the World
China reportedly blocking VPNs in new attempt to bolster Great Firewall

Drones, startups and innovation at the border between Mexico and the USA

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Not so long ago, Tijuana’s name was mostly associated with drugs, violence and prostitution. Since 2010 however, a movement called Tijuana Innovadora has been making a big push to change the way the outside world and Mexico itself see this cross-border city. The impact from the community and federal government efforts over the...
Drones, startups and innovation at the border between Mexico and the USA

Syrian rebels use Skype, satellite phones to avoid outages

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It has been revealed that Syrian rebels have resorted to using Skype to communicate with each other during the recent country-wide Internet outage. The messaging and voice-calling service was used alongside stockpiled equipment and a satellite connection so as to communicate with others around the country as well as overseas,...
Syrian rebels use Skype, satellite phones to avoid outages

Leaked documents reveal UK fight to dilute EU green energy targets

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Allegations of coalition hypocrisy over green issues as critics say documents show UK has caved in to fossil fuel lobbyistsThe UK government has been trying to water down key environmental regulations in Brussels despite trumpeting its commitment to green issues at home, leaked documents show.The papers, seen by the Guardian,...
Leaked documents reveal UK fight to dilute EU green energy targets

The hidden dangers of legal highs

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In the last five years, the market for legal highs has exploded. It's never been easier, or cheaper, to buy drugs online - but no one knows what's in them, or how dangerous they areFor most of the last decade, an average of four or five new legal drugs came...
The hidden dangers of legal highs

What New-Style Trade Agreements Are Really About (Hint: It's Not Trade)

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Given the massive impact that new-style trade agreements like TPP and TAFTA/TTIP are likely to have on the lives of hundreds of millions of people, it's surprising how few members of the public know about what's being negotiated in their name. Fortunately, publications are starting to run more articles on...
What New-Style Trade Agreements Are Really About (Hint: It's Not Trade)

US Agency Pushing For Open Government... Almost Last In Rankings Of Open Gov't Agencies

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The White House tasked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with spreading "open government" efforts throughout the US government -- but a recent analysis of what agencies in the government are most open shows that OMB is near the back of the pack. The rankings put the different agencies...
US Agency Pushing For Open Government... Almost Last In Rankings Of Open Gov't Agencies

China's Broadband Penetration Is Increasingly Lagging Behind Developed Nations, Says MIIT's Research Head

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The research chief of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said yesterday (link via Google Translate) that there is still a significant gap between China’s broadband coverage and that of developed nations, and that the lag is increasing. At a panel about the future of digital technology, MIIT research...
China's Broadband Penetration Is Increasingly Lagging Behind Developed Nations, Says MIIT's Research Head

5 Best (and Worst) Places in the U.S. To Find a Tech Job

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Technology job openings surged by 8.2% in June, according to job-search site SimplyHired, but some places remain better than others if you're looking for a tech job. The site's top and bottom five contain a few surprises. Best U.S. Places To Find A Tech Job SimplyHired bases its ranking on the number of tech...
5 Best (and Worst) Places in the U.S. To Find a Tech Job

Iran Blocks Media File Downloads

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Iranian authorities have blocked users from downloading foreign-hosted MP3, MP4, AVI, and SWF files. Since October 4, Iranian Internet users have been unable to access millions of videos and sound files hosted abroad. British non-profit Small Media reports that the move, implemented by Iran's telecommunications ministry for unknown reasons, has...
Iran Blocks Media File Downloads
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