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Social Media, Magnifying Glasses and the Spiral of Silence

Last week, the Pew Research Internet Project published findings on “Social Media and the Spiral of Silence.” This study reports that, while people often shy away from sharing a minority opinion, social media users may be less likely to speak up than others. 889 more words

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Glenn Greenwald's book is a masterpiece expose on the surveillance state

Glenn Greenwald’s book, NO PLACE TO HIDE – Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State – is truly a masterpiece. In fact, it should be required reading for every school as its relevance to any democratic free society, based on Constitutional rights, is immense. 615 more words

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Out in the Open: Hackers Build a Skype That’s Not Controlled by Microsoft

“The tool is part of a widespread effort to create secure online communication tools that are controlled not only by any one company, but by the world at large—a continued reaction to the Snowden revelations.” 9 more words

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A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is 'Partner and Target' for the NSA

Source: SpiegelOnline, by Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sontheimer and Holger Stark, 8/31/2014

On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. 1,128 more words

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