What is the NDAA? Whether you are talking to a friend, speaking at a convention, confronting your representative or just want some facts about the NDAA, you've come to the right place. NDAA Basics The basics is the place to start your journey. Learn how America has been transformed into a police state, why you should be concerned, and what you can do to fight it. Legal Analysis SOPA, PIPA Stalled: Meet the OPEN Act SOPA and PIPA may have been put on hold -- thanks to possibly the most contentious uproar seen on Capitol Hill and in the tech world ever -- but other legislation was introduced this week to combat online piracy. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) introduced H.R. 3782, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, the same day as an Internet protest when a number of high-profile websites such as Wikipedia went dark.
This snack-food corporation has a creepy plan to watch you in the grocery store (20th Century Fox / Dreamworks Pictures) It's not quite "Minority Report"-levels of creepiness, but it's getting there. Mondelez International, whose properties include Chips Ahoy, Nabisco, Ritz and other high-profile snack brands, says it's planning to debut a grocery shelf in 2015 that comes equipped with sensors to determine the age and sex of passing customers. The shelf, which is hooked up to Microsoft's Kinect controller, will be able to use basic facial features like bone structure to build a profile of a potential snacker, Mondelez chief information officer Mark Dajani told the Wall Street Journal.
On 6/5, 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago It’s been one year since the Guardian first published the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that demonstrated that the NSA was conducting dragnet surveillance on millions of innocent people. Since then, the onslaught of disturbing revelations, from disclosures, admissions from government officials, Freedom of Information Act requests, and lawsuits, has been nonstop. On the anniversary of that first leak, here are 65 things we know about NSA spying that we did not know a year ago: 1. Climate Alarmists Try To Redefine What A Hurricane Is So We’ll Have More Of Them Hurricane Joaquin as a category 4 storm in October 2015 This op-ed from IBD points out what we have been saying for years, that even though there is no trend in hurricane frequency of intensity, alarmists like Mashable’s Andrew Freedman are trying to get the definition of a hurricane redefined, so that the trend will become a positive one. Recall that hateful science blogger Greg Laden asked Should There be a Category 6 for Hurricanes?
Commotion = The Commotion Wireless Project proposes building a 'device-as-infrastrucure' distribution communications platform URL = "Democratic activists around the globe will gain access to a secure and reliable platform to ensure their communications cannot be controlled or cut off by authoritarian regimes."  Venessa Miemis: "Commotion aims to build a new type of tool for democratic organizing: an open source “device-as-infrastructure” distributed communications platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, WiFi-enabled computers, and other WiFi-capable personal devices to create a metro-scale peer-to-peer (mesh) communications network.
Awareness Shift: ACTA Explained by Anonymous Update: 13 April 2012 - GREAT NEWS! Following our 2.5 million strong campaign against the ACTA attack on our Internet freedom, the politician in charge of pushing the bill through Europe's Parliament has called for its rejection! Let's keep the pressure up -- sign and share now! 28 February 2012 - Amazing! Parliament received 2.4 million petition signatures against ACTA! A petition calling "to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)" was received by the European Parliament on Tuesday.
CommOTIon Wireless Project - Camp 2011 Public Wiki From Camp 2011 Public Wiki The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) proposes to build a new type of tool for democratic organizing: an open source “device-as-infrastructure” distributed communications platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, WiFi-enabled computers, and other WiFi-capable personal devices to create a metro-scale peer-to-peer (mesh) communications network. Leveraging a distributed, mesh wireless infrastructure provides two key enhancements to existing circumvention technologies and supports human rights advocates and civil society organizations working around the globe. First, a distributed infrastructure eliminates the ability of governments to completely disrupt communications by shutting down the commercial or state-owned communications infrastructure.
The American Economy is "Dead": The Illusion of Economic Recovery Last Friday (January 27) the US Bureau of Economic Analysis announced its advance estimate that in the last quarter of 2011 the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.8% in real inflation-adjusted terms, an increase from the annual rate of growth in the third quarter. Good news, right? Wrong.