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Big Cable Tries To Push Free Channels Off Basic Tier
March 7th, 2014
In a heated DC battle, over-the-air broadcasters are fighting cable efforts to kick them out of basic tier cable service.

Oakland Domain Awareness Center (DAC): Scaled Back
by Matthew ArtzOakland Tribune
March 7th, 2014
Update 3/7/2014 Oakland City Council as expected, voted on 3-5-2014 to scale back the DAC spying machine to Port of Oakland property only.

AB 1876 Introduced In CA Assembly To End Phone Commissions In County Jails
February 25th, 2014
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 1876 into the CA Assembly to end commissions on phone calls into and out of county-operated jails in the State of California.

Start Tracking Them Young: Gates Foundation Rolls Out In Bloom
by Aaron CantiAlternet
February 23rd, 2014
The education sector, thinks it has finally found its knight in shining armor: an omnipresent data archive that will track students from pre-school to graduation, noting every teacher and test score. Then it will tack that trail of data onto a person well after they leave school.

Credo Mobile: 1st Cellular Carrier To Tell Users of Surveillance Requests
CREDO Mobile announced today that it is releasing a transparency report detailing the number of governmental requests it has received to turn over customer information.

Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Hacktivism
by Jeremy HammondAnonymous
November 15th, 2013
Activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10-years in prison.

New Definition of Terrorism: Promoting a Political Cause
by Mark HosenballReuters
November 2nd, 2013
In a truly terrifying development, a Scotland Yard/MI-5 memo from British military intelligence justifies the detention of journalist Glen Greewald's partner at Heathrow Airport on the grounds of terrorism.

Canadian Civil Liberties Groups Sue Intelligence Over Surveillance
by Kevin CollierThe Daily Dot
On October 22nd, Canadian activists announced they were suing Canada's equivalent of the National Security Agency.

Video Highlights from DC Stop Watching Us Rally
Video Highlights from 10-26 Stop Watching Us Rally

Charging Admission To Someone Else's Art
by Sherwin SiyPublic Knowledge
October 18th, 2013
Banksy puts his work out on the street. So what happens when someone restricts access to it, for a fee?

Senator Feinstein On "Real Journalism" at Senate Judiciary Shield Law Hearings
by Sarah LazareCommon Dreams
August 5th, 2013
CA Senator Dianne Feinstein advocated for citizen journalists to be exempted from a federal shield law during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing.

Tim Redmond Sacked from Bay Guardian After 30 Years
June 15th, 2013
After 30 years as the voice of progressive San Francisco, new Bay Guardian owners have sacked the editor of the publication.

86 Organizations Petition Congress to Enact Patriot Act Reform to Counter Unconstitutional Surveillance
June 11th, 2013
86 organizations petitioned Congress this morning to reform Section 215 of the Patriot Act, hold hearings immediately on the sweeping surveillance program revealed by NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden and UK Guardian reporters Gleen Greenwald and Ewan Mcaskill, and hold accountable those found responsible for overreaching the 4th amendment of the United States constitution.

The Constitution? Fuggedaboutit. Guardian Breaks Multiple Stories on Widespread Warrantless Surveillance
June 6th, 2013
Glenn Greenwald and Ewan Mcaskill break huge stories about NSA surveillance of American phone calls and virtually unlimited access by NSA to every major computer server in the US.

Scripps Reporters Uncover Lifeline Data Leak: Threatened with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
by Ms. SmithNetwork World Blog
May 27th, 2013
Reporters who uncovered a 170,000 consumer data privacy breach within the subsidized Lifeline telephone program find themselves perjoratively described as "hackers" and threatened with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

62 Public Interest Groups Demand Answers on AP Seizures
May 25th, 2013
More than 60 civil liberties, digital rights, press freedom and public interest groups sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding a full, transparent account of the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists and whistleblowers.

AP Phone Records Seizure
by Sean SullivanWashington Post
Several news organizations slammed the Justice Department for the Associated Press phone records seizure.

Urban Habitat Suspends Publication of Race Poverty and the Environment
Urban Habitat has announced the suspension of Race Poverty and the Environment, their journal of 20+ years which chronicled movements for social justice across the Bay and across the United States.

Google Says To Tone It Down
by Daniel Eran DilgerApple Insider
Google asked an Australian Tech reporter to tone down coverage of security flaws in the Google Play store.

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Show Dropped at Chicago PBS Due to Lack of "Balance"
by Robert FederTime Out Chicago
WBEZ president Torey Malatia stated the show had an "advocacy identity" and was becoming more like Democracy Now. Some say the problem was the show's critical stance on Barack Obama as not liberal enough. Obama hails from Chicago.

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