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First POST: Upgrades

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, January 30 2015


  • Having beaten her, now they want to join her: Obama 2012 digital alums Teddy Goff and Andrew Bleeker are among the many hoping to work on Hillary Clinton's emerging presidential campaign, Darren Samuelsohn reports for Politico.

  • The US government's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has reiterated its call for President Obama to stop the mass collection of America's phone meta-data, Spencer Ackerman reports for The Guardian. "“It’s now well past time for the administration to have developed alternative procedures and alternative relationships with the telephone companies to stop the daily flow of data to the government,” one member of the board, James Dempsey, said.

  • Newly released documents add further detail to the DEA's planned use of license plate readers to track Americans' travel, suggesting the agency planned to monitor attendees at gun shows, Bennet Stein and Jay Stanley blog for the ACLU.

  • Google says it fought the gag order that prevented the company from telling three WikiLeaks staff members that they had turned over their emails to the government in a timely manner. The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima and Julie Tate report that a lawyer representing the company said that, "Google’s delay was not the result of foot-dragging but of opposition from prosecutors who were upset by the backlash that followed the disclosure of their court orders to Twitter."

  • Reddit's first transparency report reveals there were 55 outside requests for user information. Reddit provided the user information for 58 percent of all government & civil requests and 64 percent of all US state & federal government requests.

  • The FCC's new definition of broadband--which it just upgraded to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up--finally comes closer to something like actual high-speed Internet service, reports Stacey Higginbotham for Gigaom.

  • Rep. John Lewis (D-MS), a veteran of the civil rights movement, has penned a brief but eloquent statement in support of net neutrality. It starts, "If we had the technology, if we had the internet during the movement, we could have done more, much more, to bring people together from all around the country, to organize and work together to build the beloved community."

  • In The Washington Post, J.D. Harrison interviews the U.K.'s "queen of tech," Joanna Shields, digital advisor to David Cameron and former Google and Facebook employee.

  • China is clamping down harder on Internet access thru virtual private networks, The New York Times' Andrew Jacobs reports, prompting protests from scientists to film critics now facing greater difficulties accessing foreign sources of information.