Techno-politics

Israel’s Iron Dome

Israel’s Iron Dome

The politics of the conflict between Hamas and the State of Israel are well documented, and I'm sure you have already formed an opinion about who is at fault and what must be done. This article is not about any of that. It's not about right or wrong, good or bad, politics or religion … it's about a remarkable technology ...

Netflix Wants the FCC to Re-Classify Verizon and Comcast as Public Utilities

Netflix Wants the FCC to Re-Classify Verizon and Comcast as Public Utilities

Netflix came out swinging in its submission to the FCC over proposed internet “fast lanes,” arguing Wednesday that this would be a bad idea and that the agency should instead focus on forcing broadband providers to deliver the speeds they promise to their customers. In its 28-page filing, which coincides with the close ...

Google, Netflix and Facebook Want to FCC to Sort Out Internet ‘Congestion’

Google, Netflix and Facebook Want to FCC to Sort Out Internet ‘Congestion’

  The Internet Association, a trade group composed of some of the biggest tech companies in the world, has filed comment with the FCC asking it to intervene in the conflict over payments being demanded by big ISPs. According to a report in The Hill, companies like Comcast and Verizon are charging Netflix and ...

Snowden: The NSA and FBI Spied on Innocent Americans Based on Religion, Race

Snowden: The NSA and FBI Spied on Innocent Americans Based on Religion, Race

Glenn Greenwald has revealed what he described last month as "the most important in the archive" of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Intercept reports that the NSA and FBI have been spying on law-abiding Muslim-Americans — including lawyers, academics, civil rights activists, and a political ...

Aereo: It’s Over Now

Aereo: It’s Over Now

After months of debate and speculation, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against internet TV service Aereo in a 6-3 decision. The decision was a win for broadcasters that argued Aereo violated their copyright. Even though lesser courts had sided with Aereo, the Supreme Court saw it differently, effectively killing ...

How the Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Aereo Affects the Cloud and You

How the Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Aereo Affects the Cloud and You

The chief of streaming-TV start-up Aereo has said his mission to bring unbundled broadcast TV to the Internet has greater stakes than just the fate of his company -- and it's the crusaders, taking on those with power, who fill graveyards. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia may end up correct on both counts. A 6-3 Supreme Court decision ...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Cops Need a Warrant to Search Cell Phones

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Cops Need a Warrant to Search Cell Phones

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that the authorities generally may not search the mobile phones of those they arrest unless they have a court warrant. "To further complicate the scope of privacy interests at stake, the data a user views on many modern cell phones may not in fact be stored on the device ...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Aereo’s TV Streaming Service is Illegal

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Aereo’s TV Streaming Service is Illegal

The US supreme court has ruled that Aereo, the TV streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, is illegal. The justices accepted the argument of the major US broadcasters that Aereo's service amounts to a violation of copyright law. Aereo captures the over-the-air signals of network broadcasters and streams them to ...

A Crumbling Landscape: Rebuilding America for The Shift Age

A Crumbling Landscape: Rebuilding America for The Shift Age

Thousands of crumbling bridges, millions of gaping potholes, billions of dropped calls, limited bandwidth, a fragile electric grid, antiquated nuclear power plants, water and sewer systems that are decrepit and dangerous. This is not the foundation for another “American Century”; it is the disaster of the infrastructure ...

Congress to Debate Bill That Would Ban Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

Congress to Debate Bill That Would Ban Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

Democratic lawmakers will unveil a piece of bicameral legislation Tuesday that would force the Federal Communications Commission to ban fast lanes on the Internet. The proposal, put forward by Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), requires the FCC to use whatever authority ...