politics

Here's Hillary Clinton Working Out How To Use A Fax Machine

This evening, the State Department released another trove of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state. Among the gems being uncovered is this terse exchange, a wonderful insight into trying to use a fax machine in the modern age. Anyone who’s tech-supported their parents over email can definitely relate.


Apple Will Pay $US450 Million For Conspiring To Fix Ebook Pricing 

Apple violated federal antitrust law in a conspiracy with five book publishers to fix ebook prices, according to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ended a long-running legal battle with a big blow to Apple, calling its ebooks price-fixing scheme “the supreme evil of antitrust”.


US Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Cruel Lethal Injection Drug

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma’s use of a lethal injection cocktail is protected by the Constitution in a 5-4 decision today. This means the state will continue killing Death Row inmates using the controversial anaesthetic midazolam.


Now It's Europe's Turn To Fight For Net Neutrality

Americans won big on net neutrality in February, when the FCC voted to adopt new rules that would allow it to rein in the abusive and discriminatory practices of big telecommunications operators, such as blocking or throttling of internet data, and charging content providers for access to an internet “fast lane”.


Russia Is Banning The Internet Archive And Blaming It On Terrorism

Russian internet users can no longer time warp through internet history. This week, the Russian government blocked the Internet Archive domain — which makes the nonprofit’s popular and useful time-warping tool, the Wayback Machine, off limits.


The US Military Is Actually Prepping For War In Space

The space race never went away, and now the US is getting a new operations centre to prepare for conflict from above the Earth’s atmosphere.


France's Three Most Recent Presidents Got Wiretapped By The NSA 

Wikileaks published a collection of secret intelligence reports on France from the National Security Agency today, revealing that the NSA spied on the phones of France’s three most recent presidents and top political players, including current president François Hollande.


How Facebook Is Censoring Content In The United States

Facebook vows to be transparent, and yet the Electronic Frontier Foundation discovered that the company is hiding all the ways that it blocks access in the United States, on behalf of law enforcement.


Google Finally Gives Revenge Porn Victims A Way To Remove Abusive Links

It’s about damn time. Now that about half the states in the US have passed laws banning revenge porn and several people have been convicted under those laws, Google says it will finally give revenge porn victims the option to get said revenge porn removed from searches. That’s progress!


How A Gaolbird Con Artist Uncovered A Secret FBI Surveillance Tool

A disgraced lawyer, sitting in gaol, obsessed with a kooky theory that the government tracked him by sending secret rays into his house… ends up discovering a secret government mobile phone tracking program. Sounds like bizarre noir, right? But it’s true.