The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That'd Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

The rules for how the Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane, but the DoJ's recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant sweeping remote search powers that would take a torrential horse piss on the Fourth Amendment. » 3/19/15 11:50am 3/19/15 11:50am

Read the FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Here

This is it. This is the day that your overly specific and impressively skeptical questions about the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules can finally be answered. The agency just released the full text of the policy that will protect the open internet. » 3/12/15 10:20am 3/12/15 10:20am

The Lamest Official Reactions Against Net Neutrality

Let's all agree on one thing: The Federal Communications Commission passing the strongest net neutrality rules in America's history is a step in the right direction. But that didn't stop an army of naysayers from crowing about an imaginary government takeover of the internet or how the new plan would slash their… » 2/27/15 10:00am 2/27/15 10:00am

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger May Not Happen

Every State Should Make the Bold Internet Investment New York Just Did

Good news if you live in New York! Your internet is about to get faster and cheaper, and all it took was the shuffling of funds from big corporate banks to companies working hard to improve infrastructure for the good of the people—if you live in New York. Good job, New York. Your turn, every other state. » 1/16/15 4:15pm 1/16/15 4:15pm

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 11:40am 1/16/15 11:40am

How to Use a Fake Name on Facebook Without Getting Flagged

Facebook has always had a policy of requiring users to supply their real name on the site. Enforcement has been lax, but there's still a risk of getting caught. Here's how to fly under the radar if you need to. » 9/22/14 1:49pm 9/22/14 1:49pm

Of Course the NSA Can Keep Inadvertently Acquired Data on US Citizens

The Guardian has obtained a series of documents which reveal that, while the NSA is expected to "minimize" collection of data suspected to belong to US citizens, any "inadvertently acquired" domestic communications can still be kept and used without a warrant. » 6/21/13 3:51am 6/21/13 3:51am

Report: Twitter Is an Awful Predictor of Public Opinion

A new survey by Pew Research Center reveals that relying on Twitter to gauge public opinion might not be too smart: the reaction on Twitter to big national and political news seems to differ wildly from that measured by surveys. » 3/05/13 6:47am 3/05/13 6:47am

Here's a Great Idea to Improve Internet Security

LinkedIn has been the latest hacked password clusterfuck. One of the many we know about. There are probably many more that have never been public. » 6/10/12 8:00pm 6/10/12 8:00pm

Wait, You Can't do WHAT at the London Olympics?

Today in oppressive British finger-wagging we learned that the London 2012 Olympic Games has a pretty extreme "conditions for ticket holders" policy when it comes to social media. » 4/26/12 9:40pm 4/26/12 9:40pm

The Feds Want to Make Your Cell Phone Work Better

Wireless spectrum—the tiny slices of the invisible world that make data through the air possible—is a precious, precious commodity. Everyone wants it. You want it. And the government wants to hand some out—but everyone will hate the plan. » 3/27/12 5:57pm 3/27/12 5:57pm

The Government Says It Can Seize Any .Com Domain

For months, the US Government has issued court orders in order to seize and shutdown sites—even when the domain names are registered abroad. Now it has made its position on domains perfectly clear: If it ends in .com, .net, .cc, .tv and .name, we can seize it. » 3/06/12 5:20pm 3/06/12 5:20pm

OnStar Is Tracking Your Speed And Location Even When You Cancel Your…

OnStar is alerting customers of a change in its privacy policy that'll let the company collect the speed and location of any OnStar-equipped vehicle, even when the owner no longer subscribes to the monthly service. » 9/20/11 8:39pm 9/20/11 8:39pm

Obama's $53 Billion High Speed Rail Dream

President Obama is calling for $53 billion in funding for developing trains that travel at speeds of up to 250mph in a bid that follows his State of the Union speech about "winning the future." [The Huffington Post] » 2/09/11 10:31am 2/09/11 10:31am

FCC Chairman Wants Computer Apps to Function as Net Neutrality Watchdogs

Sure, the FCC got some net neutrality standards in place, but the majority of people probably wouldn't know if their bandwidth was artificially throttled. That's why chairman Julius Genachowski wants computer apps to alert users of any such funny business. » 1/05/11 11:00pm 1/05/11 11:00pm

FCC Net Neutrality Rules Slammed From All Sides

The federal government's new internet fairness policy-designed to prevent the nation's cable and DSL internet service providers from meddling with the open nature of the internet-was met with boisterous criticism Monday night from all sides of the political spectrum. » 12/21/10 11:40am 12/21/10 11:40am

Why Does Apple Make Donation Apps So Hard?

In August, PayPal added a donation feature that allowed users to make charitable contributions from within the services's iPhone app. In late October, Apple made them pull the plug with no warning and little explanation. » 12/02/10 10:00am 12/02/10 10:00am

The FCC's Net Neutrality Announcement: The Good, The Bad, and What It…

Today, the FCC's chairman will deliver a speech essentially outlining the agency's stance on net neutrality—and making an exciting push in its favor. The news isn't entirely positive though—net neutrality might be preserved, but it'll be expensive. » 12/01/10 12:40pm 12/01/10 12:40pm

What Tomorrow's Elections Mean for Science and Technology

Tuesday's midterms could mean more than just a routine reshuffling of the House and Senate majorities. The fates of a number of important science and technology policies also hang in the balance. » 11/01/10 3:20pm 11/01/10 3:20pm