Techno-politics

Obama: Government Can Exploit Internet Flaws for National Security

Obama: Government Can Exploit Internet Flaws for National Security

Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used ...

Turkey Unblocks YouTube After Court Rules Ban Violated Human Rights

Turkey Unblocks YouTube After Court Rules Ban Violated Human Rights

A Turkish court on Friday ruled that a blanket ban of social-media website YouTube violated human rights and ordered most of the restrictions be lifted, citing a top court ruling this week that scrapped a similar ban on microblogging site Twitter. The state telecoms authority on March 27 blocked access to YouTube, Google's ...

The White House Isn’t Happy That Samsung Used Obama’s Selfie as an Ad

The White House Isn’t Happy That Samsung Used Obama’s Selfie as an Ad

Did you catch the selfie that the Red Sox's David Ortiz took with President Barack Obama? That was a great instance of cultural zeitgeist, wasn't it? However, Samsung also has a deal with Ortiz that let it use the shot (taken with a Galaxy Note 3) in a Twitter ad -- and the White House isn't very happy. The administration ...

The U.S. State Department is Trolling Twitter for Freedom

The U.S. State Department is Trolling Twitter for Freedom

See if this sounds familiar: a strange name pops into your twitter mentions, using violent photos and provocative language to force the conversation off-track. You start out talking about something innocuous, but by the end, you're being challenged to shore up your whole view of the world or admit defeat. Suddenly, you're ...

The NSA Has Monitored Every Call, Text and Email in Iraq

The NSA Has Monitored Every Call, Text and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is: Iraq. ...

U.S. Senator Who Wanted to Ban Bitcoin Has Backed Off a Bit

U.S. Senator Who Wanted to Ban Bitcoin Has Backed Off a Bit

A previous outspoken critic of Bitcoin says he's starting to come around on the virtual currency, one month to the day after he called on regulators to ban it. In an interview with the Washington Post, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said recent moves by the Internal Revenue Service, private Bitcoin entrepreneurs and other ...

Google’s Government Requests for Data Have Doubled in 4 Years

Google’s Government Requests for Data Have Doubled in 4 Years

Google released its latest transparency report on Thursday, revealing tens of thousands of law enforcement requests from across the world. In the second half of 2013, the report lists more than 27,000 requests for user data from around the world, affecting more than 42,000 different accounts. It's a 120 percent jump in ...

Turkey Has Blocked Access to YouTube

Turkey Has Blocked Access to YouTube

After cutting off Twitter access within its borders, Turkey is now blocking its citizens from visiting YouTube. The latest act of internet censorship comes only one day after a Turkish court ordered the government to lift its Twitter ban and temporarily restore access to the service. Turkey is accused of blocking internet ...

President Obama Announces Plan to Reform for NSA Data Collection

President Obama Announces Plan to Reform for NSA Data Collection

President Barack Obama has officially announced his plan to reform the National Security Agency's collection of phone records. Under his new proposal, the agency would no longer keep a database holding a large percentage of all American call records. Instead, phone companies like AT&T and Verizon would keep them for the ...

IRS Will Tax Bitcoin as Property, Not Currency

IRS Will Tax Bitcoin as Property, Not Currency

The federal government will tax digital money such as Bitcoin like property, not currency, the IRS said Tuesday in its first significant guidance on the virtual coin. Although Bitcoin may operate like coin and paper currency and can be used to pay for goods and services, no country accepts it as "legal tender," the Internal ...