by on January 28, 2018
THE EMAIL ARRIVED just as Megan Squire was starting to cook Thanksgiving dinner. She was flitting between the kitchen, where some chicken soup was simmering, and her living room office, when she saw the subject line flash on her laptop screen: “LOSer Leak.” Squire recognized the acronym of the League of the South, a neo-­Confederate organization whose leaders have called for a “second secession” and the return of slavery. An anonymous insider had released the names, addresses, emails, pass...
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by on February 10, 2018
Successful activism is going to take more than a few shares on Facebook, retweets on Twitter, or likes on Instagram. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a rally against child poverty on April 9, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif. On Wednesday, 77-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi walked onto the House floor in 4-inch heels to deliver what would become the longest-recorded speech to have been delivered in the House of Representatives. She spoke on behalf of the D...
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by on January 27, 2018
The first ones may hit the rails by mid-2020. A prototype of the R211 subway car is displayed at the Hudson Yards station in December. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to spend nearly $4 billion to replace more than 1,600 subway cars over the next decade. MTA officials chose Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. to potentially design and manufacture more than 1,600 cars for more than $3.6 billion, officials said Monday. The Japanese company would get $1.4 billion to build 535 cars ...
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by on February 2, 2018
Dive Brief: The Smart Cities Council has announced nine finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants: Albuquerque, NM; Aurora, IL; Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Fairfax County, VA; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Louisville-Jefferson County, KY and the state of Virginia. The grants are awarded to cities (or a state) the council views as ready to take action on their smart cities visions. The council expanded the standard program to award Puerto Rico with a special humanitarian...
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by on January 30, 2018
A new coalition of Canadian companies is calling on the local telecom regulator CRTC to establish a local piracy site blocking program. The plan is the first of its kind in North America, aimed at lowering local piracy rates. Opponents, however, believe the proposal goes too far and equate it to a censorship deal. In recent years pirate sites have been blocked around the world, from Europe, through Asia, and even Down Under. While many of the large corporations backing these blocka...
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by on January 31, 2018
The U.S. National Archives Freedom of the Press Foundation is launching an online archives collection in partnership with Archive-It, a service developed by the Internet Archive to help organizations preserve online content. Our collection, focusing on news outlets we deem to be especially vulnerable to "billionaire problem," aims to preserve sites in their entirety before their archives can be taken down or manipulated. Archive-It collections grab snapshots of specified Web sites at a...
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by on February 16, 2018
Eric Lundgren is obsessed with recycling electronics. He built an electric car out of recycled parts that far outdistanced a Tesla in a  test. He launched what he thinks is the first “electronic hybrid recycling” facility in the United States, which turns discarded cellphones and other electronics into functional devices, slowing the stream of harmful chemicals and metals into landfills and the environment. His California-based company processes more than 41 million pounds of e-waste each y...
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by on February 9, 2018
Councilman Brad Lander saw a good opportunity to use the existing kiosks for an additional use. A LinkNYC kiosk in Park Slope where you can check when the next bus comes. Could the WiFi kiosks that continue to dot the city double as bus countdown clocks? Down in Park Slope a trial is underway to do just that, led by City Councilman Brad Lander. “The Links [LinkNYC kiosks] came to Park Slope over the last year and so many of them are located close to bus stops and they have all ...
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by on February 14, 2018
Growing food in cities became popular in Europe and North America during and immediately after World War II. Urban farming provided citizens with food, at a time when resources were desperately scarce. In the decades that followed, parcels of land which had been given over to allotments and city farms were gradually taken up for urban development. But recently, there has been a renewed interest in urban farming – albeit for very different reasons than before. As part of a recent research proj...
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by on February 17, 2018
The charges against 13 Russians allege they tried to discourage Americans from voting and communicated with “unwitting” people in the Trump campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office brought an indictment Friday charging the alleged Russian propaganda outfit called the Internet Research Agency, two affiliated groups, and 13 Russian nationals with an elaborate plot to interfere with the 2016 election through metric-driven social media campaigns, using the same techniques as sophis...
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by on February 9, 2018
UK lawmakers visiting the US didn’t pull any punches at a Washington DC hearing on fake news today. “Isn’t Facebook a massive surveillance operation?” asked conservative MP Rebecca Pow. Members of the UK House of Commons’s digital, culture, media and sport committee called US tech companies to George Washington University today, questioning representatives of Facebook, Alphabet, and Twitter, as well as academics and journalists on the general topic of fake news. Brexit on their mind ...
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by on February 8, 2018
Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow died this morning, according to a statement made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Barlow co founded EFF in 1990 with John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor, and was one of the founders of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2012. Barlow is best known for his writings on the emerging philosophy of the internet during the 90s, particularly 1996’s “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” He is survived by three daughters. Internet pioneer John Perr...
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