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australia declares war on digital security, demands encryption backdoor
# tech

australia declares war on digital security, demands encryption backdoor

Australian lawmakers stunned the country’s techies by passing a law requiring them to help law enforcement snoop on encrypted data on request, and putting e-commerce and basic digital security at risk.

house republicans take on google, own selves in process
# tech

house republicans take on google, own selves in process

When the internet really doesn’t like you, there isn’t much you can do but get better. Just don’t tell that to angry aging lawmakers. They will refuse to believe you.

at the mountains of political madness
# politics

at the mountains of political madness

I tried writing about politics for a year and a half. My experience was eye-opening in the worst possible ways...

climate change deniers throw a pity party in congress to talk about hurt feelings
# science

climate change deniers throw a pity party in congress to talk about hurt feelings

The House's Denialist-in-Chief Lamar Smith invites his favorite climate change denialists for an afternoon of ego stroking and kvetching.

an app for your government problems?
# politics

an app for your government problems?

If the incoming backwards-looking Trump administration refuses to work with the future-focused tech industry, it can find another world leader who will.

we pledge allegiance to the independent martian federation?
# politics

we pledge allegiance to the independent martian federation?

It's possible that astronauts living on Mars would eventually form their own sovereign government. And one astrobiologist really wants to speed up this process.

will immigrants from tau seti get a tax cut?
# astrobiology

will immigrants from tau seti get a tax cut?

Even before her presidential campaign begins in earnest, Hillary Clinton appears to have the ufologist vote locked up...

the online freedom that was never there
# tech

the online freedom that was never there

Techno-utopians sold a world on the narrative that the web was built for a free exchange of information. But that's never actually been true...

social media, the best way to share with friends, family, and nsa analysists
# tech

social media, the best way to share with friends, family, and nsa analysists

NSA's PRISM is a huge mess that the public somehow really doesn't care about.

the flawed case for benevolent authoritarianism
# politics

the flawed case for benevolent authoritarianism

Living under constant surveillance does have some benefits like deterring crime and catching frauds and cheats, argues Charles Kenny.

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