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First POST: Costs

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, July 30 2014


  • Former NSA director Keith Alexander explains to Shane Harris of Foreign Policy why he is charging companies as much as $1million a month to defend them from hackers--technology he has patented that he says he developed in his spare time while running NSA.

  • The Open Technology Institute's Danielle Kehl, Kevin Bankston, Robyn Greene and Robert Morgus have issued a major report estimating the "NSA's Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity," and their conclusions are quite tough: billions in direct economic costs, the fragmentation of the Internet, the "loss of credibility for the U.S. Internet Freedom agenda" and "serious damage to Internet security."

  • Net neutrality update: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Democratic majority leader, has written Demand Progress promising to "ensure that priority arrangements that harm consumers are prohibited" and to "lead the fight to protect any Open Internet rules promulgated by the FCC against the inevitable Republican attack against such rules," Sam Gustin reports for Vice's Motherboard section.

  • Net neutrality supporters like David Segal of Demand Progress and Craig Aaron of Free Press Action Fund told Gustin that Reid's letter should help convince FCC chairman Tom Wheeler that he should worry less about avoiding a political fight--one is bound to happen whatever he does--and push for the best policy decision to defend the open Internet, meaning a Title II reclassification of broadband services.

  • Leak is a new website that lets users send anonymous emails with clues about their background, reports Steven Tweedie for Business Insider.

  • WikiLeaks published the text of a suppression order by the Australian Supreme Court, which forbids any disclosure of information relating to a corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

  • WhisperSystems has released Signal, which enables free, worldwide encrypted phone calls for iPhone users, and is also compatible with RedPhone for Android.

  • Leanne Pittsford, the founder of the 4000-member Lesbians Who Tech, is profiled by Denise Restauri for

  • Patrick Meier writes up Rynda, a Russian " for disaster response."

  • The New York City open data community keeps churning out amazing new uses of the data the city is releasing; to wit, check out NYC Crash Stats, built by Akil Harris. So far this year, there have been more than 100,000 car crashes in the city with more than 24,000 injuries and at least 121 people killed.

  • The Nation's John Nichols says sitting NY Governor Andrew Cuomo should debate his challenger, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout.