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Twitter says government demands for user data continue to rise

Twitter says government demands for user data continue to rise Twitter says the number of government demands for user data are at a record high. In its latest transparency report covering the six-months between January and June, the social media giant said it received 7,300 demands for user data, up by 6% […]

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Just 6% of U.S. adults on Twitter account for 73% of political tweets…and they disapprove of Trump

Just 6% of U.S. adults on Twitter account for 73% of political tweets…and they disapprove of Trump A small number of prolific U.S. Twitter users create the majority of tweets, and that extends to Twitter discussions around politics, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center out today. Building on […]

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Trump gets on Twitch

Trump gets on Twitch The reelection campaign will be livestreamed. US president Donald Trump has joined Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch. Twitch is best known as a social video streaming platform for gamers but does host other content, including politics. The verified DonaldTrump Twitch account, spotted earlier by Reuters, has just one video […]

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Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz “If Silicon Valley is going to keep telling itself the story that the only uses of their technology will be the most optimistic, the most hopeful, the most salubrious, the most prosocial,” New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz told […]

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Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy

Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy Brexit looks set to further sink the already battered reputation of tracking cookies after a Buzzfeed report yesterday revealed what appears to be a plan by the UK’s minority government to use official government websites to harvest personal data on UK citizens for targeting purposes. […]

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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia […]

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Apple News launches a guide to the 2020 Democratic candidates and debates

Apple News launches a guide to the 2020 Democratic candidates and debates Apple today is introducing a new section in its Apple News application for iOS, iPad and Mac that’s designed to familiarize voters with the 20 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates ahead of the first Democratic debates hosted on June 26 and […]

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Terry Gou resigns as Foxconn’s chairman to run for president of Taiwan

Terry Gou resigns as Foxconn’s chairman to run for president of Taiwan Terry Gou said at Foxconn’s annual general meeting today that he is leaving the electronics manufacturing giant as he prepares to run for president of Taiwan. Gou, who founded Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.) 45 years […]

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National security journalism just became a national security threat

National security journalism just became a national security threat Six years ago, British intelligence officers walked into the offices of The Guardian newspaper in London and demanded its staff destroy computers they believed stored highly classified documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. In the basement of the newspaper’s offices, editors used […]

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WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom

WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, has been charged with over a dozen additional charges by U.S. federal prosecutors, including under the controversial Espionage Act — a case that will likely test the rights of freedom […]

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