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“According to the official narrative, monitoring metadata is no big deal. But two Stanford University researchers wanted to see how “sensitive” metadata actually was. So they enlisted hundreds of volunteers to install an app called “MetaPhone” on their Androids to pick up that metadata over several months. What they found shocked them.
"Participants had calls with Alcoholics Anonymous, gun stores, sexually transmitted disease clinics, strip clubs, and much more.”
FuckYouCongress.com lets you vent your government shutdown frustrations
BitTorrent on the mysterious NSA-related billboards that got NY and Silicon Valley talking
Let’s hope no life-threatening asteroids head toward Earth during the government shutdown.
- If you buy your own health insurance
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To avoid obeying government requests to spy on its users, Edward Snowden’s email provider, Lavabit, has decided to simply pull the plug.
Americans outraged by the NSA secret surveillance (PRISM) scandal have been channelling their anger through some very creative works of art.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is quitting her job to run the University of California.
So what she learn while helming a government bureau that some call dysfunctional and which has been accused by politicians of needlessly wasting money while performing the vital roles of providing border defenses, immigration services, emergency relief, and transportation security?
This hoodie top is specially designed to conceal your identity from closed-circuit television. It’s a project by artist Adam Harvey, and part of a line of similar pieces of clothing he’s created. It’s made of metallic reflective fabric not unlike the protective material used in some layers of firemen’s uniforms. The idea is that the material smears out or otherwise conceals your body’s thermal output and that can confuse overhead surveillance cameras—like those you sometimes see used on late-night cops reality shows.
If you followed Texas state senator Wendy Davis’ epic, 11-hour filibuster efforts against a bill that would have shut down all but five abortion clinics in the state (and quite possibly still will), you probably also know her shoes. As demonstrated by their newfound popularity on Amazon, the pink Mizuno Wave Riders she wore have become their own symbols of political resistance.
Here, some of the amazing DIY barricades put up in and around Istanbul’s Taksim Square after the Turkish government’s brutal crackdown on protestors.
[Photos by Victor Kotsev]
According to a Turkish news site, the country’s broadcasting watchdog, RTUK, has fined several TV channels for their coverage of the Gezi protests. Halk TV, Cem TV, EM TV and Ulusal TV have all been reprimanded for live-streaming content that is "harming the physical, moral and mental development of children and young people."
“He said, ‘…I have some information in the intelligence community. and it won’t be a waste of your time.’”
Activist filmmaker Laura Poitras quotes NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
…had it not been for social media, the government would likely have succeeded in hiding the protests from many Turks. Turkey is a country that jails more journalists than Iran, and it is hardly surprising that the mainstream Turkish media, which has been additionally co-opted by the authorities through financial measures, broadcast pictures of beauty contests and cooking shows for several days while parts of Istanbul and other cities were blanketed with tear gas.
“On Friday [May 31] I saw on Facebook that there were riots, and I came here [to the center of Istanbul],” a 29-year old teacher named Ulas said in a bar near Taksim Square. “There were many people and we fought them [the police] all night. But on Saturday I spoke to some of my friends here in Istanbul, and they had no idea what was going on. One, a leftist, was at the zoo. This is because they were watching penguin documentaries on the mainstream channels.”
[Photos by Victor Kotsev for Fast Company]