By imagining that the statute provides more protection than it does, the FISC’s opinion ends up approving a program that Congress did not contemplate.
In the so-called “global turn” in contemporary historiography, it has not been enough simply to study the way Western powers have affected the rest of the world. The task has also been to show how the rest of the world affected the West. And it has been a matter of applying, even to quite distant historical periods, the controlling metaphor of the digital age: the “network.” Yet a remarkable amount is absent as well.
These charts should give pause to any dictator considering an Internet blackout
The Syrian city of Aleppo briefly regained access to the Internet yesterday, ending an information blackout that lasted well over a month. As of this afternoon, though, it looks like the city is back offline. During the brief window of access, people on the ground issued celebratory tweets even as fighting continues in the city, one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's civil war.
What Jeff Bezos can teach The Washington Post
What’s intriguing about Jeff Bezos, who purchased The Washington Post this week, is not that he’s a digital guy or that he has a lot of money—though both certainly help—but that ever since he founded Amazon, he’s specialized in the long view. The company lost money for nine years, and Bezos continues to prioritize long-term investment over near-term profit.
David Cameron's farcical war on porn
David Cameron's farcical war on porn.
Is there a more annoying type of article than the kind that laments the Facebook "like"? America used to be a place with moral standards, the story invariably tells us, and now kids these days constantly "like" everything, and all the false praise leads to etc. etc. etc. Jenna Wortham, in The New York Times yesterday, has a surprisingly thoughtful short essay on the subject. But although her tone is pleasingly non-judgmental, she still allows for some of the same assumptions about the Internet's supposed effect on society.
The outgoing FCC boss on net neutrality, political polarization, and free speech
In a lengthy conversation, the outgoing FCC boss sounds off on net neutrality, political polarization, and free speech
It's OK to find humor in the 'viral' star of the Ohio kidnapping story
It's OK to find humor in the 'viral' star of the Ohio kidnapping story.
On Capitol Hill, the web meme is a daily fact of life
On Capitol Hill, a popular web meme is a daily fact of life.
Why Tom Wheeler's appointment hasn't sparked outrage
Why Tom Wheeler's appointment hasn't sparked outrage.