As key provisions of the Patriot Act are about to expire in June, Congress is in a big hurry to figure out how to reform surveillance. The House just overwhelmingly voted in favor of the USA Freedom Act, a bill that’ll limit the NSA’s bulk data collection.
As the physical embodiment of all things American, Uncle Sam has been used to represent the likes of freedom, Big Brother, consumerism, fetus-snatching, and everything in between. But just over 200 years ago, this anthropomorphized flag of a man was an actual, living human being—and a too-weak-to-enlist one, at that.
Here in the US, it's easy to slip into the comfortable idea that the internet is unrestricted, a home for free speech and exploration, whether it's meaningful and important, or dumb hashtags. It's not that way everywhere though, and Freedom House has mapped out the current state of affairs across the globe.
One year ago today, Internet users of all ages, races, and political stripes participated in the largest protest in Internet history, flooding Congress with millions of emails and phone calls to demand they drop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)-a dangerous bill that would have allowed corporations and the govenrment…
China's well-known for its long and illustrious history of censoring the web. But rather than just blocking sites, it's now employing some rather strange techniques—which means the online home of a small pet spa in Miami is receiving an insane number of hits every day.
Over the past three decades, the internet has changed—and if you're to believe Sergey Brin, the principles of openness and universal access that underpinned it at its conception are under the greatest threat they've ever faced.
The web's been grumbling and muttering about SOPA for a while now, but we've not really seen any big gestures made. That's changing: Reddit admins have announced a blackout to protest against the act.
Be it gas, electric, or induction, ranges have held onto a vestigial limb—a finite, unmovable set of areas to do the actual cooking. This new induction cooktop from Thermador, however, is smart enough to heat anywhere there's a pot.
Iran isn't a nation known for its liberal outlook on life. So maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that the country may soon pull out of the Internet and launch its own national network instead.
Today's superfluous political grappling comes via Texas, where Republican rep Joe Barton's incensed by legislation mandating efficient incandescent lightbulbs. Rather, he and his backers claim, Americans should be able to screw-in whatever they damn please. Is old tech really a liberty?
Using Facebook or Twitter to overthrow an oppressive government is one thing, but to see true effectiveness one should probably deploy the case of goodies seen above.
The Department of Justice has subpoenaed many people's Twitter accounts who were associated with WikiLeaks. The subpoena states that there is "reasonable ground to believe that the records or other information sought are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation."
All you need to do is type in the chosen text at Freedom of Creation's website, and they'll use a 3D printer to create your very own custom font—for your desk, front door, or even above the bed.
After offering help against US government pressure in July, the Swedish Pirate Party has signed an agreement with Wikileaks. After the deal, if the party wins a Swedish parliament seat in September, it'll be impossible to legally shut them down.
What does the Freedom Tray do? Lots of stuff, ok? Shut up. Is this a patriotic tray? Yeah, that's more like it.