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First POST: Lip Reading

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, February 3 2014

Lip Reading

  • Top editors from the New York Times and the Guardian kicked off a "Journalism After Snowden" series at Columbia Journalism School, arguing that the press needs greater protection from government pressure.

  • Doing a series of Google Hangouts on Friday, President Obama repeated his support for net neutrality, and denied that the NSA was engaging in surveillance of Americans without court approval.

  • US Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to Sweden, fueling rumors there that a deal might be in the works regarding Julian Assange, who is still wanted for questioning there.

  • Ryan Gallagher points out that Canadian national security officials aren't responding with candor to his (and Glenn Greenwald and Greg Weston's) Thursday story on how the country's spy agency is monitoring people in Canada.

  • Bruce Schneier digs into the implications of Canadian surveillance of IP networks and user data.

  • According to this excerpt from Luke Harding's forthcoming book The Snowden Files, the night that the Guardian's first NSA story ran, "diggers arrived and tore up the sidewalk immediately in front of the Guardian's US office, a mysterious activity for a Wednesday night….More diggers arrived outside [US editor Janine] Gibson's home in Brooklyn.

  • Speaking of Canada, apparently, it can take weeks for government agencies to push out an official tweet, Dean Beeby reports. "A 12-step process…requires numerous approvals for each tweet from Industry Minister James Moore's office," he notes.

  • Forbes' Sarah McKinney says PopVox is the "future of political engagement."

  • After a burst of negative attention, the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association is backing away from a state bill that would prevent cities there from creating their own municipal internet networks. The bill, which Chris Mitchell of the Institute for Self-Reliance said would be the most "draconian" in the nation, would prevent partnerships like the one Google Fiber has built with Kansas City.

  • Bad lip reading by some of your favorite VCs and tech entrepreneurs.