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Moyers discusses transparency, new media, change

Courtesy of PBS and Bill Moyers, a refreshingly grown-up conversation with Jay Rosen and Glenn Greenwald about politics, the nati

Obama issues open government memos

On his first day in office, Barack Obama issued two memos on the subject of a transparency in US government, calling for greater openness of information across all federal agencies.

Global Declaration of Privacy, Speech Rights

In a major declaration of principles upholding privacy and online speech rights against government intrusion, the Global Network Initiative, a group of human rights and public int

British Govt Database to Store All Phone, Web, Email

A government database of all phone and e-mail traffic in Britain is now being considered, according to British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

US ranks as "endemic surveillance society" in privacy survey

Shamefully but not surprisingly, the United States ranks among the most endemic surveillance societies, along with Russia, China, and Great Britain, on an

Diebold Admits to Decade-old Voting Machine Bug

The denial finally ends, and the vindication of critics begins. Premier Election Solutions Inc.

Gov't considers electronic privacy legislation

The issue of legislative regulation of the massive and potentially intrusive personal data collected online by advertising companies -- as a means to more targeted ad placement, nominally -- is finall

Ruling: Copyleft infringement = Copyright infringement

A federal appeals court has overruled a lower court ruling that, if sustained, if allowed to stand, could have neutered popular copyleft licenses such as the GPL and Creative Commons licenses.

Report Calls for State Budget Transparency

It's obvious that making government budgets transparent is in the interests of citizens on both sides of the alleged Red-Blue divide, as well as on both the state and federal levels, as well as

Diplopedia: The State Department Wiki

“It’s grass-roots technology in a top-down organization,” said Eric M.

The trend towards openness

In addition to open government and open citizens, our evolving social mores need to put pressure on business and corporate culture to be open with their products and their data, and with what customer

EU and US nearing agreement to share private info on citizens to "fight crime"

According to The New York Times, the US and the EU are nearing completion of precedent-breaking agreement allowing law enforce

Tech Giants to create online ID system

The Information Card Foundation, comprised of Microsoft, Google, PayPal, Equifax, Novell, Oracle and nine industry analysts and technology leaders,

"Reality mining" on the rise

Who owns your cellphone tracking data? Is it you, or is it companies like Sense Networks, Inrix, and Path Intelligence?

EU Commissioner Strongly Endorses Open Software

The E.U.'s competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, delivered a strong recommendation that governmen

Q&A with Jimmy Wales

Eddie Codel interviews Jimmy Wales on the Transparent Federal Budget project. http://lotv.blip.tv/file/817057/

Silona interviews

Silona interviews Joseph Smarr and Bob Blakely about the advantages and perils of OpenID, user trust, transparency, licenses and rights, open source

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