A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit developer and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion of open access who grew up to lead the internet community into a new age of data sharing and free speech.

The Internet Iron Curtain

Dipnote – U.S. Department of State Official Blog by John Kerry

Since the printing press, no technology has had a greater capacity than the Internet for individual empowerment, economic development, and human expression.

How telling then that, while countries around the world are devoting precious resources to expanding their citizens? access to the Internet, Russia is doing the opposite.

Just yesterday, Russia?s Parliament passed a package of new restrictions on blogging and the Internet, a potent legislative cocktail of regression and repression

Five Things Obama?s Big Data Experts Warned Him About

MIT Technology Review

The rise of big data techniques poses risks to society that call for new laws, a White House report concludes

New White House Report on Big Data

apophenia by zephoria

I?m delighted to see that the White House has just released its report on ?big data? ? ?Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values? along with an amazing collection of supporting documents. This report is the culmination of a 90-day review by the Administration, spearheaded by Counselor John Podesta. I?ve had the fortune to be a part of this process and have worked hard to share what I know with Podesta and his team

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