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Uncle Sam Was (Probably) A Real Dude

As the physical embodiment of all things American, Uncle Sam has been used to represent the likes of freedom, Big Brother, consumerism, foetus-snatching and everything in between. But just over 200 years ago, this anthropomorphised flag of a man was an actual, living human being — and a too-weak-to-enlist one, at that.

Sergey Brin: Web Freedom Faces Its Greatest Threat Ever

Over the past three decades, the internet has changed — and if you’re to believe Sergey Brin, the principles of openness and universal access that underpinned it at its conception are under the greatest threat they’ve ever faced.

This Suitcase Is Packed Full Of Wireless Regime Change

Using Facebook or Twitter to overthrow an oppressive government is one thing, but to see true effectiveness one should probably deploy the case of goodies seen above.

Assange: The Internet 'Is Not A Technology That Favours Freedom Of Speech'

It’s kind of ironic – Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, has been quoted today as saying that the Internet “is not a technology that favours freedom of speech”, when it was the internet that allowed him to both access and distribute the millions of cables that have made Wikileaks a household name.

Department Of Justice Subpoenas Twitter Records Of WikiLeaks Volunteers

The Department of Justice has subpoenaed many people’s Twitter accounts who were associated with WikiLeaks. The subpoena states that there is “reasonable ground to believe that the records or other information sought are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.”

Cory Doctorow, You Are A Consumer, Too

I saw the Rally Fighter, an open-source car in Austin. This is what the “finished” interior looked like, more or less. That’s what Cory Doctorow wants you to drive.

God Bless America, But Mostly Just The Freedom Tray

What does the Freedom Tray do? Lots of stuff, ok? Shut up. Is this a patriotic tray? Yeah, that’s more like it.

Tired of iTunes Thugs Ruining Your Movies? Did you know that U can Have Real True Personal Freedom?

Wired and the Lifehacker wants—and can!—to show you the path to real iTunes autonomy with DVD movie discs, for freedom, for free!*.

American Airlines Caves In to Religious Groups' Pressure, Filters In-Flight Porn

I was hoping that American Airlines would stand up against religious groups’ stupid demands, keeping their in-flight online service completely un-filtered. After all, they had great arguments: filtering porn sites will jeopardise the access to legitimate web sites, hindering the usability of their aeroplane wireless network. Not to mention the fact that people wanting to look at naughty bits in airplanes can always watch the porn stored in their computers, mobile phones, and personal multimedia players. The network filtering is not going to change that. Sadly, they now have changed their tune:

AT&T to Start Scanning Their Network for Pirated Material

In a move that could send ISPs tumbling down a slippery slope toward serving big media companies before consumers, AT&T has decided to start targeting pirated content being moved across its network. How exactly they’ll do that isn’t clear, but there doesn’t seem to be any real way of them detecting what materials being sent are copyrighted without them prying into every file people send online. But hey, what’s wrong with that? We should trust AT&T! It’s not like they spy on us for the government already or anything.

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