American Civil Liberties Union warns scanning of license plates by Drug Enforcement Agency is building a repository of all drivers’ movements.
The Guardian, By Rory Carroll, January 26
Los Angeles – The United States government is tracking the movement of vehicles around the country in a clandestine intelligence-gathering programme that has been condemned as a […]
The journalist and former Anonymous member says of prison term and fine in statement: ‘They’re sending me to investigate the prison-industrial complex’.
The Guardian, By Nicky Woolf, January 22
New York – In a rebuke to a legion of online supporters and what the journalist and one-time member of Anonymous called a “dangerous precedent”, Barrett […]
After three days of terrorist attacks in the French capital, European leaders are pushing for stronger measures to crack down on online “extremist” content.
ZDNet, By Zack Whittaker, January 12
About half of Europe’s member states are pushing for greater online censorship powers in the wake of the terror attacks in France earlier this […]
AP, By Jamey Keaten & Sylvie Corbet, January 15
Paris – Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, France’s cyberdefense official said Thursday, as the president tried to calm the nation’s inflamed religious tensions.
France is on edge since last week’s attacks, which began […]
ReCode, By Amy Schatz, January 7
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinted broadly Wednesday that a new net neutrality proposal he plans to release in the next few weeks will rely on re-regulating Internet lines under old rules written for phone networks.
“The issue here is how do we make sure consumers and innovators have open […]
A new microfluidic device lets scientists identify a powerful drug from nature.
Technology Review, By Karen Weintraub, January 7
A plastic storage crate filled with backyard dirt might have yielded the most powerful antibiotic discovered in decades.
Employing a novel microfluidic device to grow soil bacteria, researchers in Boston and Bonn, Germany, say they have […]
New York Times, By Andrew Pollack, January 1
Its first attempt to develop genetically engineered grass ended disastrously for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The grass escaped into the wild from test plots in Oregon in 2003, dooming the chances that the government would approve the product for commercial use.
Yet Scotts is once again developing […]
Interesting news tidbit: Estonia Offers E-Residency.
This could be the toe-in-the-water, a tentative exploration of what is possible today and might become increasingly useful in the future.
Think of it as facilitating access to the day-to-day needs of living and doing business, as opposed to the purely government-related matters. After all, 99% of what […]
The ugly ramifications of the Trade in Services Act (TiSA)
Wolf Street, By Don Quijones, December 25
Much has been written, at least in the alternative media, about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), two multilateral trade treaties being negotiated between the representatives of dozens of national governments […]
AP, December 21
San Antonio — Gas flaring in the most profitable shale field in the U.S. is on pace to surpass to 2013 levels of waste and pollution in South Texas, according to a newspaper analysis of state records published Sunday.
The Eagle Ford Shale burned off more than 20 billion cubic feet of […]
The Asahi Shimbun, By Yu Kotsubo & Hiromi Kumai, December 21
Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture – Tokyo Electric Power Co. removed the last four nuclear fuel assemblies that remained in the No. 4 reactor building of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from its storage pool on Dec. 20.
The No. 4 reactor was […]
The Intercept, By Dan Froomkin, December 17
In just a few days, the Army will launch the first of two massive blimps over Maryland, the last gasp of an 18-year-long $2.8-billion Army project intended to use giant airships to defend against cruise missiles.
And while the blimps may never stave off a barrage of enemy […]
The Wall Street Journal, December 18
It’s been a pretty amazing year for India’s space agency: reaching Mars orbit at first attempt and on a tight budget then clubbing together with the United States for future explorations of the Red planet. On Thursday morning the Indian Space Research Organization wrapped up 2014 with the successful […]
Slate, By Lily Hay Newman, December 11
Sony Pictures has been dealing with a terrible hack since late November, but the company is taking a stand and counterhacking to keep its leaked files, which include five unreleased movies, from spreading across torrent sites.
Two sources told Recode that Sony is using hundreds of computers in […]