EFF focuses on FBI’s next generation identification… and Americana roundup


The FBI’s Next Generation Identification: Bigger and Faster but Much Worse for Privacy

from EFF.org Updates by jlynch
This week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and several other organizations released documents from a FOIA lawsuit that expose the concerted efforts of the FBI and DHS to build a massive database of personal and biometric information. This database, called ?Next Generation Identification? (NGI), has been in the works for several years now. However, the documents CCR posted show for the first time how FBI has taken advantage of the DHS Secure Communities program and both DHS and the State Department?s civil biometric data collection programs to build out this $1 billion database.

Ronald Reagan and America: the real legacy, , Godfrey Hodgson

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Godfrey Hodgson
If you are a subscriber, and want to download the complete Reagan package, click here.
“I am a shining city on a hill.
You are an American exceptionalist.
He is a unilateralist bully.”
It is understandable that Americans should mourn Ronald Reagan as a benign figure who made them “feel good about themselves”. But this spoof conjugation makes a point that needs to be heard above the drenching chorus of eulogy that has attended the former president’s death at the age of 93.

Mr Obama Goes To Twitter Town

from Sysomos Blog by Sheldon Levine
Yesterday was a historic event in the world of social media, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, used Twitter to answer questions from the general public. In what is set to be the first of many Town Hall meetings using the mico-blogging service, Twitter users were asked to send questions to the President by using the hashtag ?#AskObama.? In turn, the President tried to answer those questions in little 140-character snippets.

Obama?s Twitter Town Hall By the Numbers [STATS]

by Christina Warren

President Obama Answers Questions in Twitter Town Hall [LIVE VIDEO]

by Adam Ostrow
President Obama is set to answer questions from Twitter users during a town hall moderated by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. The live stream, embedded above, kicks off at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT.

The Race for 2012: Jews still support Obama; Romney heads to London; Rick Perry declares war

from FP Passport by Robert Zeliger

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