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Six Things Trump’s FCC Chairman Doesn’t Want You to Know About Net Neutrality


As the agency moves forward with its misinformation campaign to reverse open internet protections, these key points are worth highlighting.

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The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE

FCC Chief Ajit Pai Serving Telecom Giants, Not the Public Interest


The former Verizon lawyer has made it clear that he intends to take steps to repeal net neutrality, which provides equal access to the internet.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE

Senators Speak Out for Net Neutrality


In the past week, 25 senators have signed letters denouncing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scrap rules that allow equal access to internet content. Among them are Maggie Hassan (pictured left) and Maria Cantwell.

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How a San Francisco Internet Company Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web


Cloudflare provides services to neo-Nazi sites such as The Daily Stormer, including providing personal information about people who complain about its content.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump’s Campaign Against Free Speech


President Trump’s playbook to curb free speech and silence dissenting voices goes far beyond his Twitter rants and attacks on the press. (Pictured, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.)

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In Trump’s America, Your Privacy Is for Sale


Unless you are reading this column in a good old print newspaper, odds are your internet service provider knows what you are up to.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Markey, Longtime Supporter of Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy


The Massachusetts senator reinforced his commitment to consumer rights this week by strongly opposing a Senate resolution to roll back internet users’ privacy.

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The Resistance Must Be Digitized


Ajit Pai (at left in picture), the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could pose a threat to unfettered access to an open internet.

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FCC Passes Sweeping Internet Privacy Rules in ‘Big Win for Civil Rights’


New rules require internet service providers to get customers’ explicit consent before sharing data with third parties.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE

AT&T, Time Warner and the Death of Privacy


Where you go, what you watch, with whom you speak, all your internet searches, gathered and “vertically integrated,” sold to police and perhaps to corporate customers—this is our future, unless we stop this merger.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web-Tracking


Over the summer, the tech giant substituted new language in its privacy policy that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from a user’s use of gmail and other tools.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE

To Understand Today’s World—Syria, Brexit, Even Trump—Watch This Adam Curtis Film (Video)


In “Hypernormalisation,” the British documentary filmmaker delves into the intricacies of a “strange time” in which “extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world” while “those in control seem unable to deal ... and no one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.”

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Our Digital Devices Are Putting a Strain on the Climate


Growing reliance on smart technologies is leading to a rapid rise in electricity demand that will push up carbon dioxide emissions.

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‘Decisive and Tremendous Win’ for Net Neutrality as D.C. Court Upholds Rules


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission acted within its jurisdiction when it enacted sweeping net neutrality regulations last year.

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished


Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

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Los Angeles Press Club Nominates Truthdig for 20 Southern California Journalism Awards


Journalists from press clubs around the United States selected the finalists, and winners will be announced June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE

Vote for Truthdig to Win Webby Award for Best Political Blog/Website


It happened again, and we couldn’t be more honored: Truthdig has been nominated in the “Political Blog/Websites” category for the 2016 Webby Awards. Vote for us, and help us win a People’s Voice Webby.

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‘Poor Internet for Poor People’: Indians Resist Facebook’s Bid to Seize Control of Their Service


Since spring 2015, activists in India have been waging a fierce campaign to stop the tech giant from taking charge of the country’s Internet service through its “Free Basics” program.

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Angela Merkel: ‘Multiculturalism Leads to Parallel Societies’ and Is a ‘Sham’


In the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis, the German chancellor is calling some things like they are; the fact that Donald Trump gets so much more media coverage than Bernie Sanders is hurting political discourse; meanwhile, the Internet is actually getting slower. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE

The TPP: A Time Bomb That Could Blow Up a Free Internet


The copyright provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership could curtail Internet users’ basic access to information and right of self-expression on the Web, criminalizing common online activities and enforcing widespread Internet censorship.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Police ‘to Be Given Powers to View Everyone’s Entire Internet History’


The power will reportedly be included in the British government’s new surveillance bill, to be published next week.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet


A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

A ‘Yelp’-Style App for Rating People Is Coming, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying


Set to launch in November, the “Peeple” app will allow you to rate everyone in your life on a scale of one to five stars—and, of course, they’ll be able to do the same to you.

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Big Tech May Be Getting Way Too Big—Here’s Why


In this new Gilded Age, Big Tech—along with Big Pharma, giant health insurance companies, Big Agriculture and the largest banks on Wall Street—is dominating our economy and our politics.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’: Whistleblower Describes NSA ‘Installation’ at AT&T

Mark Klein, a former AT&T communications technician who became a whistleblower, has been aware for many years of the unconstitutionally cozy relationship his onetime employer has shared with the National Security Agency, but as he tells Amy Goodman on Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” he didn’t know everything.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Google Will Become ‘Alphabet’ in Biggest Change in the Company’s History


“Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one,” said co-founder Larry Page in Monday’s surprise announcement.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Comeback: ‘We Are Drowning in Material’


In an interview, Assange describes WikiLeaks’ recent progress, saying that the site now “has more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.”

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Cybersecurity, Encryption and the Golden Age of Surveillance


The governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Julian Assange Is Denied Asylum in France


The WikiLeaks founder appealed to President Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Google Listening Software Installed on Computers Without Consent


For a company whose governing motto has been “Don’t be evil,” this move seems to confirm some of the worst fears of privacy and Internet rights activists.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver: If You Don’t Think Online Harassment’s a Big Deal, Congratulations on Your White Penis

After listing several examples of how the Internet is being used to ruin some people’s lives (especially women’s), HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host advocates for a shift in the way we think about the now seemingly ubiquitous Web.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

How Something as Simple as Clearing Your Internet Browsing Data Could Get You Locked Up


This story will make you think twice before you delete your browser history.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

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Truthdig Nominated for Webby Award in Political Blog/Websites Category


Well, this is a real honor: Truthdig is grateful to be a 2015 Webby Awards nominee for Best Political Blog/Website. Needless to say, we’re in some good company.

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Reporters Without Borders Paves Access to 9 Banned Websites in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and More


Reporters Without Borders has made copies of sites banned in several countries in order to allow readers access to previously censored “independently-reported news and information.” But the nonprofit organization hasn’t stopped there.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Liberation and Enslavement in the Same Tool


In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes how leaders in business and government abuse the Internet to deprive people of the privacy that is essential to the creation of a strong, independent self.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE

Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)


Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE

Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand


As the crowds swelled in Tahrir Square in 2011, the power of the Internet as a force for social change was being demonstrated hour by hour. Which brings us to net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

The Activists Won: FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest-Ever Protection of Internet Freedom


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For a while there, Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission chairman and former cable and wireless lobbyist, looked as if he was going to bow to his old paymasters on net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

What’s Really Happening With China’s Great Firewall


Three popular services that allow users in China to view otherwise-censored content have experienced outages over the past few days, a sign of increasing government efforts to limit what Chinese users can read on the Internet.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE

Why Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide the Cheap, Fast Internet Obama Wants You to Have


Obama hailed the benefits of an open Internet in his State of the Union address. Here’s what it is and how he’s trying to make it happen.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE

Beware of the Tracking Cookie You Just Can’t Kill


An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

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Why Staying Warm All Year Round May Be Hurting Your Health


There are benefits to being cold that many modern humans aren’t taking advantage of; the president of Argentina recently adopted a boy to save him from becoming a “werewolf”; meanwhile, Hinduism has been seeping into Hollywood movies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE

The Best of Larry’s List 2014


Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

Who Is to Blame for North Korea’s Internet Collapse?


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Wait—North Korea has the Internet?

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

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