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The Patriot Act Is Changing. Here's What That Means for Your Privacy

This week, certain key sections of the notorious Patriot Act—the law that gives the NSA its snooping powers—automatically expired. Don’t get too excited just yet, though: they’re probably coming back with a few changes. Here’s what we know, and what it means for your privacy.
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The White House Says Net Neutrality Laws Aren't Necessary

As the FCC prepares to finalize its net neutrality rules, the president has beome increasingly aggressive in its posture about how the process should work. On Thursday, the White House pushed back at the new Republican-led Congress by saying that net neutrality laws wouldn't be necessary. It should be up to the FCC. »1/16/15 11:40am1/16/15 11:40am

Obama Wants Stricter Data Privacy Laws (That Still Aren't So Strict)

President Obama will announce two new pieces of legislation on Monday that are designed to protect consumers from the massive data breaches and students from greedy companies that want their data. Good idea! However, some think Obama's plan doesn't sound like it provides quite enough protection. But it's still a good… »1/12/15 10:02am1/12/15 10:02am

CISPA: The Awful Anti-Privacy Law That Won't Prevent Another Sony Hack

CISPA is back. You might remember the bill as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act—or perhaps as "the worst privacy disaster our country has ever faced." Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger reintroduced the bill to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday under the auspices of preventing another Sony hack. »1/10/15 12:00pm1/10/15 12:00pm

3D-Printed Guns Are Only Getting Better, and Scarier

A couple years ago, when a 25-year-old law student in Texas said he was going to 3D-print a gun, nobody took him seriously. Then, he actually did it. And then, a lot of people started doing it. Now, it's so easy that some protestors are going make a gun inside the Texas State Capitol with a special gun machine. This… »1/06/15 1:15pm1/06/15 1:15pm

Politicians Who Regulate Big Cable Invest in AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon

Ever wonder why big cable companies can do whatever they want? It's partly because the FCC keeps its revolving door spinning. But it's also worth knowing that the politicians in charge of regulating the telecom industry not only receive campaign funds from them; some of them directly invest in companies like AT&T and… »11/24/14 10:50am11/24/14 10:50am

Tracking the Bizarre Edits Congress Makes to Wikipedia

The elected representatives you chose to represent you in the legislative branch of the United States of America aren't just making modifications to national law. They're also editing the Wikipedia pages for "Horse head mask" and "Step Up 3D." Or at least their staffers are. And thanks to @congressedits, you can keep… »7/11/14 12:40pm7/11/14 12:40pm

What Would Change If Politicians Wrote Laws Based on Internet Polls?

A new political party, designed by software devs and engineers, is joining the race in California. If elected, PlaceAVote's Congressional candidates vow to decide on every bill based on the majority vote of their constituents—as measured via online polling. Could that sort of direct, digital democracy improve how… »5/24/14 5:00pm5/24/14 5:00pm