big telecom

AT&T’s Contract with Michael Cohen Shows Exactly What It Hoped to Get From Him

The Washington Post released the consulting contract between Trump’s lawyer and the telecom firm.
Kaleigh Rogers

A Proposed Database of Food Stamp Recipients Isn't Only Cruel, It's a Security Risk

The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill last month and it includes plans to build a massive database in order to catch food stamp participants who register in more than one state.
Kaleigh Rogers
Online Propaganda

Evidence Suggests the GOP Bought at Least 17 Anti-James Comey Domains

The Republican party has apparently created a series of domains to discredit and attack former FBI director James Comey. Meanwhile, Democratic party sympathizers appear to have created similar domains to counter the Republicans’ anti-Comey campaign.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Small Town Councillor Posts Racist Slur on Facebook, Claims He Was Hacked, Then Deletes His Account and Wipes His Hard Drive

Councillor Don Cardy in Brant County, Ontario was given a two-day suspension after an integrity commissioner report was filed on the incident.
Kaleigh Rogers

ISPs Use Facebook Scandal to Push For Bad Privacy Laws They Know They’ll Get To Write

An industry that has spent decades fighting for less privacy oversight suddenly wants to lead the way on new legislation.
Karl Bode

Congress Should Grill Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's Monopoly, Not Privacy

Zuckerberg wants to talk about how Facebook can reform. Congress should think about how Facebook got so powerful.
Jason Koebler

Ecuador Cut Off Julian Assange’s Internet For His Political Tirades on Twitter

The founder of WikiLeaks has been offline for a few hours after Ecuador suspended his internet access.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Cambridge Analytica

The Researcher Who Gave Cambridge Analytica Facebook Data on 50 Million Americans Thought It Was 'Totally Normal'

In an interview with BBC Radio, Dr. Aleksandr “Alex” Kogan said he never got paid to collect the data and was under the impression that “thousands” of other apps were doing the same thing.
Kaleigh Rogers
election influence

Watch Cambridge Analytica’s CEO Offer to Entrap Political Opponents With Sex Workers

Secret video of Cambridge Analytica’s top executives reveals how the firm covertly and unethically influences elections around the world.
Sarah Emerson
gina haspel

New CIA Director Gina Haspel Oversaw Torture at a Black Site Then Lost Evidence of It

As "chief of base" of a CIA Black Site in Thailand, Haspel oversaw the torture and waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, who still hasn't been charged with a crime.
Matthew Gault

FOSTA Sex Trafficking Bill May Worsen Deepfake Porn Problem

The worst parts of SESTA have been put into a bill that will likely make platforms ignore moderation altogether.
Charles Duan
net neutrality

Senator Introduces Fake Net Neutrality Bill Championed By ISPs Then Pretends He's Fighting Against Them

The bill, introduced by Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, mirrors legislation that has been pushed in the House that would enshrine the ability for ISPs to screw you over.
Karl Bode