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Nieman Watchdog > Commentary > Big Brother now has a name: Lockheed Martin COMMENTARY | January 13, 2011 The nation's largest defense contractor doesn't just make cluster bombs, overpriced fighter jets and ballistic missiles. Author William Hartung writes that it's also collecting information on you. This article originally appeared on By William D. Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you? True, Lockheed Martin doesn’t actually run the U.S. government, but sometimes it seems as if it might as well. Oh, and Lockheed Martin has even helped train those friendly Transportation Security Administration agents who pat you down at the airport. A For-Profit Government-in-the-Making If you want to feel a tad more intimidated, consider Lockheed Martin’s sheer size for a moment. Add to all that its 140,000 employees and its claim to have facilities in 46 states, and the scale of its clout starts to become clearer. How in the world did Lockheed Martin become more than just a military contractor? William D.

newspaper map | 10000+ online newspapers in the world, translate with one click Newsonomics | On the transformation of the news business MediaBugs Markham Nolan Reader: Alternative coverage of politics, culture, and new ideas Reflections of a Newsosaur Boycott The New York Times - Stop the bias and journalistic abuses getting the news (This post is part of’s ongoing series, “Getting the News.” In our efforts to understand everything about social news, we’re reaching out to writers and thinkers we like to ask them how they get their daily news. Read the first post here. See all of the posts, from writers and thinkers like Zach Seward, Anil Dash, and Megan Garber, here.) This week we spoke to Chris Dixon, co-founder of Hunch. How do you get your news throughout the day? It used to be the paper — going back to when I’d read the New York Times and Wall Street Journal every day for ten years. It’s all Twitter — with the exception of maybe checking the New York Times homepage once a day, to see if some major international thing happened that I somehow missed on Twitter. I read the news as a citizen, but in the tech world, I also read it professionally. Does that happen? No. … rarely. Who do you follow that you particularly rely on? I follow all the standard tech blogs. Yeah. What else are you reading on? Yeah. Never.

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