When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents.
Legislation introduced in the Kansas state legislature by a lobby for cable companies would make it almost impossible for cities and towns to offer broadband services to residents and would perhaps even outlaw public-private partnerships like the one that brought Google Fiber to Kansas City. The Senate bill doesn't list any lawmaker as its sponsor, and there's a reason -- a Senate employee told us it was submitted by John Federico on behalf of the Kansas Cable Telecom Association, of which he is president.
Bucking a long-range trend of declining viewership, the audience for local TV news grew in all three major time slots in 2013.
The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another U.S. government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
New video footage has been released for the first time of the moment Guardian editors destroyed computers used to store top-secret documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
If Net Neutrality consumer protections are truly dead and the only solution moving forward is more vibrant sector competition, how exactly is that supposed to be accomplished? Especially when you're working with a broken and corrupt Congress, a hopeless and/or incompetent regulatory authority and telecom laws now literally written by the wealthiest ISPs? The conversation doesn't just suddenly stop when you declare that more competition will fix broadband issues, so therefore neutrality rules aren't that important.
It’s been a busy week at the FCC, with the tally of newly granted low power FM applications now inching towards 500 (up from just over 200 at this time last week). It’s incredible to see the wide variety of organizations that are now one step closer to getting on the air.
Charter Communication's new strategy to acquire Time Warner Cable: conquer and divide.
First, Google cracked the code on Internet search. Then the company used its search platform to build the world’s largest online advertising business. Now, the Silicon Valley icon is turning its attention toward streamlining its business to focus on next-generation hardware and services, particularly in the mobile space.
Net Neutrality has benefits beyond free speech, too: It also promotes innovation by guaranteeing small startups have the same visibility and access as established corporations, a principle that allowed companies like Google and Amazon to compete when they began.
At a community town hall in Oakland earlier this month, FCC Chairman and former telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler said, in reference to his previous gig, “I was a typical Washington player.” “My goal now,” he added, “in my new job, with my new responsibility, is to learn by listening.” We were grateful that the chairman acknowledged that he needed to listen to learn. This is why my colleague Jennifer Gmerek and I joined a Free Press-led coalition of groups to deliver more than a million petitions to Chairman Wheeler, demanding that the FCC take action to restore the Net Neutrality rules and protect everyone’s right to connect and communicate freely online.
The Dutch crowd-funded journalism site De Correspondent is already bringing in almost $2 million per year in subscription revenue, and part of its success is being driven by the relationship it is building between its writers and their readers.
Journalists will be central targets of the extensive surveillance program introduced by Russian authorities in Sochi in connection with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that begin February 7.
The advocacy group Free Press, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has delivered the FCC a petition with a million signatures asking to restore the federal protections for Net Neutrality that were struck down in court two weeks ago.
Poor NSA. The world’s most powerful spy is drawing fire everywhere it turns these days — and on Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board weighed in.
A federal court strikes down Net Neutrality rules, setting the stage for sweeping changes in how the Internet works.
Europe’s in the process of thrashing out its first explicit Net Neutrality legislation, and recently made amendments mean ISPs and content providers will no longer have a legally-protected right to strike deals with one another.
As Google and the NSA battle over encryption, a subculture of hackers and cryptoanarchists offer a variety of ways to randomize one's fingerprints on the web, but none of them are completely foolproof.
And even if government surveillance were vanquished forever, there's still the private corporations and private citizens — the amount of info Google has on nearly every Internet-using individual in the world is hard to comprehend.
Guess what, D.C.? You're paying a lot of money to connect to the Internet. Internet costs in D.C. are higher than any other city in the country.
Pope Francis described the Internet as a "gift from God," hailing its ability to foster dialogue among disparate groups, though he acknowledged that the speed of social media can make it difficult for users to engage in self-reflection.