Freedom in the Balance

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EFF study: ed-tech is spying on America's kids and not telling them about it

The Electronic Frontier Foundation surveyed hundreds of American kids, teachers and parents about privacy and the "ed-tech" sector, which is filling …

Privacy

America Has Become a War Machine—and It Has Destroyed Our Ability to Function as a Democracy

On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the Age of Trump. …

War

Activist finds the perfect way to turn tables on lawmakers who voted to repeal internet privacy rule

Republicans in Congress voted this week to gut a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rule that would sell everyone out to Internet …

Net Neutrality

Is Trump Waging a Stealth War of Retaliation Against Sanctuary Cities?

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions doubles down on President Donald Trump’s threats to crack down on sanctuary cities, evidence is mounting that the …

Immigration

Security Alert: Windows 10 Has Been Quietly Logging EVERY KEYSTROKE You Type And Sending It To Microsoft (This Is How To Stop It)

Yesterday we reported that an international group of hackers claim they have breached Apple’s iCloud user database and stolen 300 million usernames …

Russiagate and the Democratic Party are for Chumps

Photo by Mike Maguire | CC BY 2.0 The orange-tinted freakshow that is Donald Trump should be removed from the White House and sent to some filthy, …

Bernie Sanders

Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0 The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the …

Democracy

Indian-American woman who confronted Sean Spicer in Apple store: He threatened my citizenship

On Saturday, an activist confronted White House press secretary Sean Spicer in an Apple store, questioning his relationship to Russia. “Are you a …

Donald Trump

Why We Should Not Know Our Own Passwords

Click here for reuse options! As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer …

Privacy

New Anti-Protesting Legislation: A Deeper Look

Recent legislation penalizing protestors has created an atmosphere of confusion and fear across the country. But mainstream media's coverage of the …

Rights & Freedoms

‘We’re being policed by what feels like an alien force’: Watch Dave Chappelle push back against cop violence

Comedian Dave Chappelle surprised the locals in the small Ohio town where he lives, showing up at a city council meeting on police violence and …

Policing

'Post-Truth Is Pre-Fascism: The Possibilities Are Much Darker Than Americans Are Used to Considering—But What We Can Do Is Much More Important Than We Realize'

How close is President Donald Trump to following the path blazed by last century's tyrants? Could American democracy be replaced with totalitarian …

Trump's American Carnage Is Really the Wars We Are Perpetually Engaged In

In his inaugural address, President Trump described a dark and dismal United States, a country overrun by criminal gangs and drugs, a nation stained …

War

This Is a Fight Against Fascism—Our Resistance Tactics Have to Change

“There are a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?” — Donald J. Trump, Feb. 6, 2017<p>There continues to be a gross …

Democracy

“Your Papers Please:” Are We Being Set Up for a National ID System?

Photo by Shardayyy | CC BY 2.0 “The triumph of the S.S. demands that the tortured victim allow himself to be led to the noose without protesting, …

Immigration

Doctor detained for 5 hours by US border patrol was grilled about his ‘tribe chief’

Sardar Ahmad, a Canadian doctor from Afghanistan, was stopped at the U.S. border and was held for five hours for questioning before ultimately being …

Religious Leaders in Southern California Are Creating a Network to Help the Undocumented

<i>After being deported, a man says goodbye through a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico. (BBC World Service / CC BY-NC 2.0)</i><p>A group of religious …

Immigration

Donald Trump Will Use Every Weapon to Stamp out the Grassroots Resistance

Pundits say Donald Trump is “undermining democracy”. But their concern is often just about elite institutions: the media, the judiciary, the …

Black Lives Matter

Protesters Beware: D.C. Mayor Appoints New Police Chief With Long Record of Mass Arrests and Depriving Rights

At a time when the right to protest in the nation’s capital has never been more important, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed an …

Civil Rights

Here Comes the Police State: New Laws Aim for Brutal Crackdown on Protest

<i>Police and a protester clash on Inauguration Day, 2017. (Johnny Silvercloud / CC 2.0)</i><p>The rise of right-wing populism in the United States—from the …

Rights & Freedoms

Welcome to the Police State of America for Immigrants: Bill Boyarsky

<i>A rally was held in Boston on Tuesday called “We Will Persist” to send a message to Republicans in Congress and the administration of President</i> …

Immigration

I'll Never Take My Phone on an International Flight Again—Neither Should You

A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if …

Security

Why We Could Be on the Verge of a Constitutional Apocalypse

As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protesters and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn't hard to …

Equality

Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population

Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population<p>Yes, inequality is getting worse every year. In early 2016 …

Wealth

Beware of the World Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Are Making

<i>Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010. (The Crunchies! / (CC BY-ND 2.0))</i><p>“Facebook is the grim sign of something going seriously wrong in our …

2017 police shootings on pace to break records

More people have been killed by police in 2017 than at this same point in each of the last three years, according to statistics maintained in a …

A Professor's Lesson: 'American Democracy Is Now Confronting an Abyss'

Ah, listen to that ominous phrase, the "Deep State."<p>You hear the words hissing from the fur-lined rat hole of Breitbart. They ring from the pulpit of …

Democracy

List of Mar-a-Lago members reveals 500 wealthy individuals who can dictate policy directly to Trump

List of Mar-a-Lago members reveals 500 wealthy individuals who can dictate policy directly to Trump<p>18 Feb 2017 at 19:19 ET<p>Pres. Donald Trump is …

Donald Trump

Trump aide Stephen Miller called US Attorney at home to tell him how to defend Muslim ban: report

Hours after President Donald Trump signed a late-Friday executive order harshly restricting travel from Muslim-majority countries and halting …

Donald Trump