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Tag Archives: Digital Freedom

Documentary Review: “The Great Hack” shows how data insecurity impacts elections

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Great Hack, an essential, must-see film breaking down what happened to our democracy in the 2016 presidential election.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Elections, Technology, Views & Reviews
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Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils new Pi that’s six times faster, will support Windows 10

Excerpt: Three years to the month after launching the first Raspberry Pi microcomputer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled a new Pi that uses a more modern processor and has twice as much memory onboard. The Raspberry Pi 2, as it’s being called, will sell for $35, just like its predecessors (the first generation Model A […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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When are SSL and VPNs not secure? Why, when the NSA wants to spy on you, of course!

Excerpt: With each passing week, it is becoming increasingly clear that former NSA employee Edward Snowden’s document dump constitutes the largest and most important leak in the history of the United States of America. While Snowden remains in Russia, newspapers in the West continue to sift through the documents he leaked, using those as the basis […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House endangers digital freedom by passing CISPA for the second year in a row

Excerpt: Ignoring a veto threat from President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass Republican Congressman Mike Rogers’ Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, for the second year in a row. The vote on final passage, which happened this morning, was two hundred and eighty-eight to one hundred […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Technology
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White House threatens veto of Mike Rogers’ reincarnated CISPA in its current form

Excerpt: Legislation making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives that could further erode our civil liberties would be vetoed by President Obama were it to reach his desk in its current form, the White House said today. In a formal statement of administration policy on H.R. 624, more commonly known as the Cyber Intelligence […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Leaders of opposition to SOPA and PIPA in Congress congratulate Net strike organizers

Excerpt: As we reported earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scrapped plans to hold a vote on the “Protect IP Act”, also known as PIPA, next Tuesday. PIPA is one of the two MPAA and RIAA-backed bills that would permit major media conglomerates to indirectly censor the Internet, using the long arm of the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Harry Reid calls off next week’s vote on PIPA

Excerpt: Another victory! From Senator Harry Reid’s office: In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act. There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mission accomplished: Internet strike turns SOPA, PIPA into a top story for the first time

Excerpt: We’re back! Twenty-one hours ago, we took down this blog, The Advocate, along with Pacific NW Portal and our home page to protest two destructive bills that threaten Internet freedom, stability, and security: the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and the “Protect IP Act” (PIPA). In their place, we activated an action center explaining our […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tomorrow’s anti-SOPA/PIPA blackout will be an unprecedented event

Excerpt: We are less than a few hours away from the beginning of the biggest virtual grassroots protest the Internet has ever seen. As you may have heard, the Web – or at least a sizable fraction of it – is going on strike to protest two destructive bills pending before Congress that would allow giant […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI to participate in Internet strike against SOPA and PIPA on January 18th

Excerpt: Readers who are regulars at Reddit or who closely follow technology news may have heard that the social news site is leading the way in fermenting what’s being called an Internet strike against two destructive, anti-Internet bills being pushed by Hollywood on Capitol Hill (the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act” and the “Protect IP Act”). […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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White House signals that administration opposes SOPA and PIPA as currently written

Excerpt: Responding to a pair of petitions calling on President Obama to take a stand against two bills that threaten Internet freedom (the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act” and “Protect IP”), three administration officials have published a position paper on the White House website which suggests that the administration does not find SOPA or PIPA acceptable […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Join the fight against Internet censorship: An open letter to Senators Murray and Merkley

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: The following is the text of a letter sent by NPI to the offices of U.S. Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Jeff Merkley of Oregon this morning. Dear Senators Murray and Merkley: On behalf of the team at the Northwest Progressive Institute, I am writing to express our strong opposition to two […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senators Wyden, Cantwell ready to stand up to protect the Internet from censorship bills

Excerpt: In a matter of days, the United States Senate may be voting on an extremely dangerous bill backed by the entertainment industry that would allow powerful media conglomerates and other big corporations to censor the Internet at will. This bill, S. 968, which we’ve previously written about, is officially known as the Preventing Real Online […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Support independent game studios by paying what you want for the fourth Humble Bundle

Excerpt: In our view, the big media conglomerates that own most of the radio stations, television networks, and publishing houses in this country could just as accurately be described as big entertainment conglomerates. They sell and distribute most of the movies, music, games, books, and software that we buy, often under onerous terms and conditions that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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