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Wikipedia & Reddit plan blackout in SOPA protest

Wikipedia & Reddit plan blackout in SOPA protest

A handful of large websites will go dark on Wednesday to protest an anti-piracy bill that critics say will wreck the Internet as we know it. Wikipedia, user-submitted news site Reddit, the blog Boing Boing and the Cheezburger network of comedy sites all plan to participate in the blackout. The protest is their response to the Stop Online Piracy [...]

Act American!

Act American!

BREAKING: U.S. Congress clueless, ignorant

BREAKING: U.S. Congress clueless, ignorant

When members of Congress earlier this month considered the Stop Online Piracy Act — better known to anyone who actually hangs out on the Internet as #SOPA — the most notable feature of the debate turned out to be the sheer ignorance of the elected officials discussing it. One after the other, members of the U.S. House of Representatives [...]

House Committee Postpones Action on SOPA

House Committee Postpones Action on SOPA

Wowsers! The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until after Congress' holiday break. At the urging of some SOPA opponents, Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and committee chairman, said Friday he will consider a hearing or a classified [...]

Homemade anti-SOPA PSAs

We Forgot Our Name! is so worried about the Stop Online Piracy Act that he's created four short PSAs to help explain what's wrong with the idea to your friends and family: "The Stop Online Piracy Act will be going back to the House for a vote this WEDNESDAY December 21st. The House tried to make people think they would not reconvene to vote on [...]

New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years

New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years

The FTC has given thumbs up to a company, Social Intelligence Corp., selling a new kind of employee background check to employers. This one scours the internet for your posts and pictures to social media sites and creates a file of all the dumb stuff you ever uploaded online. For instance, this sample they provided was flagged for [...]

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

In a post from last August, author Edward Hasbrouck explains why he and the ACLU are suing the US Department of Homeland Security to force them to disclose traveler records in response to Freedom of Information Act requests: I'm suing the government because of the significance of commercial airline reservations and the DHS "Automated Targeting [...]