by on July 24, 2018
The founder of the “Walk Away” movement, which encourages ordinary Americans to upload videos and photos of themselves saying they have left the Democratic Party, said that the claims it is a “Russian bot” campaign are false. Brandon Straka, the founder of the "Walk Away" movement. “The recent attempts by left-wing media to invalidate the real testimonials, feelings, and experiences of the real people who have joined the #WalkAway Campaign is yet another desperate denial of the reality...
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by on July 17, 2018
The country’s leading manufacturer of voting machines has switched gears and admitted that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems sold over the course of a six-year period. This comes as a reversal of a previous public statement from the vendor in question. The admission comes by way of an April letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) by Election System and Software (ES&S) and recently obtained by Motherboard. The letter notes: [ES&S] provided pcA...
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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...
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by on June 11, 2018
Privacy is a hot-button issue nowadays, and it should be. Information bloodsuckers like Facebook and Google are having a heyday selling your browsing habits to the highest bidder day in and day out. The truth is that’s really how these companies make their money. In case you didn’t know, as soon as you connect to the internet and visit your favorite site you’re virtually getting raped by hundreds of corporate vampires who want to suck every last bit of personal information out of you.   ...
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by on June 15, 2018
A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, The Associated Press has learned. FILE - In this May 31, 2018, Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election, boards a bus after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018, to motorcade back to th...
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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 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...
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by on July 30, 2018
Local campaigns certainly need the digital expertise. Upset about "everything" in the outcome of the 2016 election, data scientist Anela Chan wanted to use her tech skills in some way to make sure future elections turned out differently. A veteran of Tumblr now working at a large media company in New York, Chan hooked up with Tech for Campaigns, which calls itself "the digital arm for progressive and centrist campaigns." In 2017 she helped a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of ...
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by on July 31, 2018
As of midnight Wednesday, instructions to build a 3D-printed firearm will be accessible to the public. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves after speaking at the Senate Democrats’ downloadable 3D printed guns news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. With the clock ticking toward the release of publishable blueprints of 3D-printed guns, Democrats held a press conference Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to implore the White House to stop it. As of Wednes...
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by on July 19, 2018
Hide and seek could take on new meaning if schools take RealNetworks up on this offer. The company is offering K-12 learning institutions free facial recognition software that can be downloaded via its website, Technology Review reports. The software is called SAFR, and according to a press release, it uses IP-based cameras and other hardware to “recognize staff, students, and visitors in real time to help improve school safety.” It also promises to “streamlin[e] entry, record keeping, ca...
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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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