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First POST: Company

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 16 2014

The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Listicalization

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 10 2014

The FCC warns police agencies that jamming cell phones is illegal; Emily Bell chides the journalistic elite for piling on Chris Hughes; pulls in funding from some of Silicon Valley's richest; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Open Letters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 9 2013

(Most) big tech companies come out swinging against the NSA's bulk surveillance programs; hits the 50 million-user mark; an analysis of Facebook profiles and search data suggests that millions of American men, especially in the south, are still in the closet; and much, much more. Read More


Internet Giants Like Google Take On New Roles In Indian Elections

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, December 2 2013

Last week Google India launched an online portal for all things election-related. The portal is meant to educate voters about the electoral process and provide information about political parties and candidates. A press release describes it as a “one stop destination” to help voters make an informed decision.

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White House Supports Online Sales Tax Bill

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 22 2013

The Obama administration on Monday said that it "strongly supports" legislation under consideration in the Senate that would allow states to force out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on their online sales. "The ... Read More

One Congressional Subcommittee's Head-Scratching Look at Online Privacy and the Law

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, June 19 2012

What should government do about how our online and private lives intersect? Photo: Debubuntu

In a world where people share what they had for breakfast on Twitter and mobile apps of all kinds can keep track of your fitness level, your finances, your political beliefs and your physical location, one might ask whether such a thing as a "reasonable" expectation of privacy still exists. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, certainly thinks so. At least, that's what he said Tuesday during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on privacy. Chaffetz and his terms-of-service-reading colleagues gathered to hear from industry representatives about how they might best manage privacy in a mobile-app-driven world. It was the latest installment in an ongoing search for answers to a few basic questions that are bedeviling this particular moment in the Internet age: What are our expectations of privacy? And do we need any new laws to define those expectations? Read More

The Power of eBay: Whitman's Search for Success Stories

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 12 2010

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Daily Digest: And Now, Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Conventioning

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, September 2 2008

Obama asks for Gustav help via text message, the RNC gets started, Twitter at the DNC, Palin uses eBay, Alaska's blogging industry, and Palin's e-family drama Read More