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Russia Ponders Banning Same-Sex Emoji

Not content with simply beating the shit out of LGBT people, Russia is now reportedly thinking of banning “gay emoji“, a move that I’m sure will prove instrumental in removing all gay propaganda from technology and the internet.


New WikiLeaks Cache Reveals A Decade Of U.S. Spying On Japan

A new series of documents released by WikiLeaks reveals a list of 35 high-profile targets in Japan that the NSA has spied on since 2006.


White House Responds To Petition To Pardon Snowden With A Hard Pass 

Two years after 167,000 US citizens filed a petition to pardon Edward Snowden, the White House finally answered. The answer: Strong “no.” In a belated response, Homeland Security advisor Lisa Monaco accused Snowden of “running away from the consequences of his actions.”


This Idea To Get America To Vote By Smartphone Just Might Work

Pretty new touchscreen voting booths are nice, but if we truly want to get more people voting in the United States, we have to make it much more convenient. A project that received funding from the Knight Foundation this week has a smart idea to digitise the absentee ballot and let people cast votes via smartphone.


The 5 Best Times Obama Met With Robots

Yesterday, President Obama made history by having a conversation via telepresence robot in the White House to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans Disabilities Act. But it wasn’t the first time Obama has met with the artificially intelligent.


Government Resarcher Explains How To Defeat ISIS With Twitter Trolls

With all the handwringing over how ISIS is “winning” on social media, recruiting young people using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, one policy wonk thinks we should fight back. He’s got disturbingly detailed plans for how the US government could borrow troll strategies to defeat ISIS on the internet.


Obama Has A Plan To End America's Internet Access Inequality Problem

“Today, high speed broadband is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” US President Obama said earlier this year. Yet home internet access is still an extravagance out of reach for many Americans. Today, the White House announced a program designed to change that.


Why The OPM Hack Will Be A National Security Threat For Decades To Come

Over 22 million people had their personal information hijacked in a cyberattack on the US Office of Personnel Management. The attack is over, but its threat will literally last lifetimes.


OPM Director Steps Down After Admitting 22 Million Hacked On Her Watch 

After confirming that over 22 million people had their personal information stolen in the largest government digital data breach, Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta has resigned.


The Largest Government Hack Ever Is Way Bigger Than We Thought

When the Office of Personnel Management began investigating a data breach, it was already a dire situation, with 4.2 million US federal workers’ information stolen. Then things got worse. And worse.


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