Techno-Politics and Tech Culture

A Crumbling Landscape Amidst Political Dysfunction

A Crumbling Landscape: Rebuilding America for The Shift Age

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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 in the United States halfway through the second […]

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

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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 it sees fit to make sure that […]

The Supreme Court Will Decide When Online Rants Become Threats

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The US Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will consider a case involving a thorny free speech issue in the digital age: at what point does a statement made on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter cross the threshold from protected free speech under the First Amendment to a criminally actionable threat? The […]

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The Pentagon is Working to Make the Internet More Anonymous

If you want to use the internet and you don’t want the National Security Agency to see what you’re doing, you basically only need one tool: Tor, a network that anonymizes web traffic by bouncing it between servers. The NSA has been working on ways to get around “the Tor problem” for years without much […]

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The U.S. Wants to Regulate Navigation Apps and Use in Cars

Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars. The apps are also a gray area when it comes to laws banning the use of cellphones or texting while driving. The Transportation Department wants to enter the argument. The […]