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6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

Finally ready to get off the grid? It's not quite as simple as it should be, but here are a few easy-to-follow steps that should point you in the right direction.<p>If you're reading this, it's highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone …

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The One Reason Every Blogger Should Use Google+

Once again this week I was asked by a colleague why they should care about Google+. This is a person who regularly publishes content, already has a full plate and wanted to be convinced why she should take up another social network. A scenario that’s all too familiar with many people I come in …

The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico

In anticipation of the new season of Breaking Bad, Nick Romeo travels to New Mexico to separate fact from fiction about the meth trade in New Mexico. …

Spotify vs Musicians: 10 things to read to better understand the debate

Ever since Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace removed their albums from Spotify, a heated debate has been raging over the value of streaming music services …

What Happened to Eric Holder?

He was a Reagan-appointed judge and a Clinton-appointed prosecutor respected by both sides. Then it all fell apart.<p>Reuters<p>Nineteen years ago this month, Eric Holder was having a very different spring in Washington. It wasn't cruel or grueling. Conservatives didn't want his scalp and liberals didn't …

Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald …

Young, black and buried in debt: How for-profit colleges prey on African-American ambition

Useless degrees are now too-good-to-be-true tickets to the American Dream — targeted at those who can’t afford it<p>There are a few dictums that have enjoyed pride of place in black American families alongside “Honor your parents” and “Do unto others” since at least Emancipation. One of them is this: …

How to navigate the Internet around PRISM

Google and YouTube may be under NSA surveillance, but you can still surf the web without Big Brother watching<p>Recently released National Security Agency documents indicate the U.S. government is “tapping directly into the central servers” of your favorite Internet services as part of a secret …

Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its …

Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?

A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question. I try to offer some answers.<p>Colin Dunn/Flickr<p>The metaphor Unz chose in his headline provokes more than it distills.<p>His whole article is nevertheless worth reading (with the caution that Tyler Cowen wisely counsels). At …

Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: “<i>As required by the Safe Society Act, we have installed remotely controlled cameras throughout your home. (Also your office.) But don’t</i> …