by on May 14, 2018
It’s taken months to pull together a vote to save net neutrality from the FCC guillotine, but the moment is finally upon us. Senate Democrats announced today that they’ll force a vote to keep net neutrality protections in place on Wednesday, May 16. Support in the chamber is just one vote shy of passing the resolution, but Democrats see a win no matter what the outcome. Last December, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Title II protections that preserv...
2.1k+ views 0 likes
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...
1.8k+ views 0 likes
by on December 21, 2017
The idea of a decentralized internet has become an important topic of discussion as internet users look to step away from big corporate tech giants and create their own web of information. The FCC’s net neutrality repeal was an attempt to put the internet back into the hands of engineers and entrepreneurs, instead of bureaucrats and lawyers, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “All we are simply doing is putting engineers and entrepreneurs, instead of bureaucrats and lawyers, back in...
1.1k+ views 0 likes
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...
852 views 0 likes
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 ...
623 views 0 likes
by on May 12, 2018
With constant surveillance and technological advances, could the U.S. see the rise of an omnipresent social credit system? It’s one of those Black Mirror episodes that blurred the lines between fact and conjecture. “Nosedive,” the season three premiere of the popular sci-fi TV series, follows Lacie, a prim, proper woman who’s obsessed with how the world views her, as she struggles to maintain her social rating. In her society’s social scoring system, each pleasant personal interacti...
539 views 0 likes
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...
446 views 0 likes
by on March 22, 2018
Robert Mueller’s team has taken over the investigation of Guccifer 2.0, who communicated with (and was defended by) longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone. Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned. It’s an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft. That foren...
361 views 0 likes
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...
339 views 0 likes
by on March 20, 2018
Facebook is having to face the music both in the United States and the United Kingdom after The New York Times and The Observer of London revealed Cambridge Analytica received and employed data harvested from 50 million of the social network's users without their permission. The Federal Trade Commission is launching an investigation.  NYT:  The F.T.C. investigation is connected to a settlement the agency reached with Facebook in 2011. The agency had accused the company of deceivin...
333 views 0 likes
by on March 5, 2018
Etsy, Foursquare and Kickstarter are among the latest companies going to court over the FCC's decision to roll back the rules for an open internet. People demonstrated in December at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC, against the proposed repeal of net neutrality.  Another half dozen tech companies are jumping into the legal battle over the FCC's decision to undo net neutrality rules. Etsy, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Shutterstock, Automattic and Expa filed a petition Monday in a US C...
319 views 0 likes
by on December 31, 2017
Here's what you need to know about mesh networking.  ast week, the Federal Communications Commission went ahead with its deeply unpopular plan to end net neutrality protections, giving internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast unprecedented control of our experience online. But what if you and your community could become your own internet service provider? Congress can still reject the FCC’s decision, though at least one proposed billsuggests there’s reason not to be overly op...
305 views 0 likes