“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.”
“The key factor is accountability. We can’t have officials like [national intelligence director] James Clapper who can lie to everyone in the country, who can lie to the Congress, and not even face criticism.”
- If you buy your own health insurance
- If you’re uninsured
- If someone else deals with your health insurance
"33% of venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder at the helm.”
As hundreds of thousands of civilians die in the civil war in Syria, it appears that the country’s embattled dictator, president Bashar Al-Assad, has launched a new social media strategy to go along with his chemical weapons: showing lots of pictures of how everyone loves him.
Is “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic,” which launched on July 24 (and found by Patrick Witty, of Time), a real social media strategy from the dictator that has used sarin gas (according to the US government) on opposition forces and killed at least 4,000 of his own civilian populace (estimated by Human Rights Watch) in air strikes alone?
From a branding standpoint, if a sexting scandal couldn’t kill Weiner’s credibility, surely Carlos Danger will.
When it comes to expressing their political dissent, young Egyptian protesters look to street art
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.
Now on Instagram: Michelle Obama
Here’s how Facebook measured gay marriage support with an equals sign (or how big data is telling the story of the civil rights movement of our time)
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally married gay couples from receiving benefits, is unconstitutional. Shortly thereafter, it dismissed a Prop 8 appeal, paving the way for sex marriage in California.
Here’s a round up of the web’s reactions to the monumental ruling.
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