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Mobile carriers are officially out of control.

slate.com — It's almost impossible at this point to imagine America's major telecommunications companies behaving in socially responsible ways, given their consistent record of poor service and oligopolistic practices. So while the latest disclosures-including potentially dramatic privacy abuses-may not be surprising, they do tell us once again that we need to deploy...

Sprint, Samsung won’t let me install CyanogenMod on my Android device.

slate.com — When I bought a new personal computer last year, I didn't want to use the Windows operating system that came with it as my primary computing environment. So I installed the Ubuntu version of the GNU/Linux operating system, which offers more freedom and functionality in ways that matter to me....

A list of the ad networks, trackers the WSJ - which I pay for - tries to load in my browser

dangillmor.com — We pay a non-trivial annual subscription fee to read the online Wall Street Journal, and consider it worth the money. But the company feels it has the right to not only charge us royally for the privilege but also to insert all kinds of surveillance into our reading.

I was mucking around with my display/compiz…

plus.google.com — Ubuntu Linux gurus -- help needed: I was mucking around with my display/compiz settings and now have a desktop that doesn't work right at all. There's no... - Dan Gillmor - Google+

My viral Hong Kong protest tweet: a mea culpa

dangillmor.com — Last weekend, like a lot of other people, I watched from afar as the Hong Kong protests took over the city's Central district. I spotted a tweet showing a photo of hundreds of people holding their hands in the air, and I immediately recalled the prior (and ongoing) protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where people had held their hands up as well.

Law enforcement has declared war on encryption it can't break.

slate.com — Suppose two suspected criminals happened to be the last two people on Earth who could understand and speak a certain language. Would law enforcement argue that they should only be permitted to speak in a language that others could understand? That's an imperfect but still useful analogy to a "debate"...

1996: Q&A with Larry Ellison and Ray Lane

mercurynews.com — Posted: 08/27/2014 03:06:29 PM PDT Updated: 09/03/2014 03:21:37 PM PDT (This article originally appeared in the Mercury News on November 11, 1996.) Oracle Corp. has become one of Silicon Valley's largest and most influential companies. Lately, Oracle has won considerable public attention because of the relentless promotion by its chairman and chief executive, Larry Ellison, of the so-called Network Computer, or NC.

Bono, Apple creating "irresistible" new music format.

slate.com — Uh-oh. Here we go again. According to Time magazine, Apple is working with U2 on a "secret project" aimed at ensuring that we'll all pay for the music we listen to in the future. Says the magazine, U2 frontman and doer of good works Bono "hopes that a new digital...

A Return to Hong Kong

dangillmor.com — For six years starting in 1999, I spent 5-6 weeks each fall at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism & Media Studies Centre, co-teaching an online media course. I'm certain that HKU was the first university in the world to require students to create blogs, because Dave Winer gave us space on a server to test his then-beta blogging software in the very, very early days of the mass-blogging movement.

A Generation of Sacrifice: Restore the Military Draft, and Start with the Baby Boomers

dangillmor.com — UPDATED It is Memorial Day in America, a Monday holiday that ends a three-day weekend - a holiday that has come to reflect so much of my nation's culture. Once, the day was about sacrifice: honoring the American men and women who gave their lives in military service.
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Oct 30, 2014

@RogervonOech unverifiable and hackable voting machines are terrible -- and have zero to do with voter suppression laws.

Oct 29, 2014

RT @EFF: The 7 free software privacy tools Laura Poitras thanks in her Snowden documentary CITIZENFOUR: eff.org/r.18yi

Oct 29, 2014

Republican vote-suppression forces have absolutely no shame. Here's the latest. projects.aljazeera.com/2014/double-vo…

Oct 29, 2014

Louisiana really doesn't grasp the scientific method, does it? news.sciencemag.org/scientific-com…

Oct 29, 2014

The banksters just keep on doing their thing, and the government just keeps on shrugging. Why would they change? dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/pro…

Oct 29, 2014

For law enforcement, civil liberties mean nothing. And zero accountability means it keeps happening. washingtonpost.com/world/national…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @KenRoth: Yale insists it'll defend academic freedom at its #Singapore campus. So will it let govt ban film showing on campus? trib.al/sq9i1gp

Oct 29, 2014

How establishment "liberals" trashed their honor by defending Obama's security-statism & attacking Snowden nationalinterest.org/feature/big-br…

Oct 29, 2014

That moment when I realized the corruption of big time "sports" (including college) has left me almost completely indifferent to who wins.

Oct 29, 2014

Bruce Schneier rues a lack of technology-oriented coverage of Snowden docs: schneier.com/blog/archives/…

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