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Telling the Truth About Defects in Technology Should Never, Ever, Ever Be Illegal. EVER. | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Congress has never made a law saying, "Corporations should get to decide who gets to publish truthful information about defects in their products,"— and the First Amendment wouldn't allow such a law — but that hasn't stopped corporations from conjuring one out of thin air, and then defending it as though it was a natural right they'd had all along.
Some background: in 1986, Ronald Reagan, spooked by the Matthew Broderick movie Wargames (true story!) worked with Congress to pass a sweeping cybercrime bill called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) that was exceedingly sloppily drafted. CFAA makes it a felony to "exceed[] authorized access" on someone else's computer in many instances.
technology  bug  legal  gov2.0  politics  whistleblower  EFF  security 
41 minutes ago by rgl7194
How Corruption Actually Works in Ukraine
It’s standard fare in any article about Ukraine to mention the country's enormous, overwhelming, and everlasting corruption problem. It’s also incredibly boring, because hardly anyone has examples or knows how it actually works.
In April, I sat down over coffee and sweets in Kyiv with investigative journalist Oleksa Shalayskiy, editor-in-chief of Nashi Groshi (Our Money), who explained in detail how corruption functions in Ukraine.
Shalayskiy knows what he’s talking about. His watchdog organization regularly uncovers examples of corruption that the top anticorruption organizations use in their public crusades.
ukraine  corruption  gov2.0  politics 
55 minutes ago by rgl7194
Where is my son?
David Xol's 7 year old son Byron was taken away from him. Then David was deported. His son is still imprisoned in the US
immigration  politics  trump  guatemala  humanrights 
2 hours ago by nelson
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests - The New York Times
"Their reams of data converged on a breathtaking statistic: Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent."
politics  technology  research 
3 hours ago by tremolo
Tony Abbott killed Australian consensus politics
In 1997, I recorded a series of interviews with Abbott’s professed political hero, the late Bob Santamaria, the veteran Catholic political activist and key figure in bringing about the Labor split in the 1950s. I asked him how he saw Abbott, then beginning his political rise in the Howard government, and Santamaria smiled and shook his head.

“Tony, I’m afraid, has never left student politics behind. The world is not black and white; indeed, the older I get the more shades of grey I see. I’m not sure he will change.”
politics  australia 
3 hours ago by timberwolfoz
The Turnbull Government is all but finished, and the Liberals now need to work out who they are - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Where the McMahon government parallel is spot on is in relation to the Liberal Party itself. Following the long reign of Sir Robert Menzies, three Liberal prime ministers passed in quick succession: Harold Holt, John Gorton and Mr McMahon. Mr Holt drowned in office; Mr Gorton was ousted from office by the plotting Mr McMahon; and Mr McMahon was pushed from office by a resurgent Labor Party led by Gough Whitlam.

Mr Menzies had hung on too long as prime minister and left no-one in his wake with the authority to hold the Liberals together; open party warfare was the result.

Mr Menzies' modern iteration, John Howard, made the same mistake. The Abbott government, the Turnbull Government and the nascent — and likely short-lived — Dutton government, all operating against the backdrop of intense internal party conflict, is the unhappy result.

This is not just unfortunate for the Liberal Party and its supporters, but also a disaster for Australia, where coherent and comprehensive responses to policy challenges of the utmost seriousness remain unaddressed.
politics  australia  history 
4 hours ago by timberwolfoz
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
Towns where Facebook use was higher than average, like Altena, reliably experienced more attacks on refugees.

Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.

[...] social media scrambles users’ perceptions of outsiders, of reality, even of right and wrong.

That algorithm is built around a core mission: promote content that will maximize user engagement. Posts that tap into negative, primal emotions like anger or fear, studies have found, perform best and so proliferate.
politics  internet  social_media  news  important 
5 hours ago by nathanwentworth
"SENATOR'S TWITTER ID"
Someone's Twitter spamming web form has a bug
twitter  spam  politics 
5 hours ago by nelson
Paul Krugman on Twitter
"Yes. Kavanaugh may yet be confirmed, but this will make the SC fundamentally illegitimate.… "
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5 hours ago by merejane
Chris Hayes on Twitter
"Today, in federal court, the President's fixer said the president ***directed him to break campaign law*** to cover up an explosive allegation a few days before an election that the president won by 77,000 votes across three states."
politics 
5 hours ago by merejane

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