Greenwald (2013). NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.

Edward Snowden. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New Yorker. October 11, 2014, New York City.

“The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk — regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.” (¶3)

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When $1 ≠ $1: MintChip Terms and Conditions

“User (and/or User’s parent or guardian) represents and warrants that (a) he/she is not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. government embargo or that has been designated by the U.S. government as a ‘terrorist supporting’ country; and (b) he/she is not listed on any U.S. government list of prohibited or restricted parties.”

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Canadian Association of University Teachers. (2015). What Does C-51 Mean for Academic Freedom and Campus Free Speech?

“Academic freedom includes the right to teach, research, publish, and express one’s opinions free from political and institutional censorship. Academic freedom allows universities and colleges to serve the common good of society through searching for, and disseminating, knowledge and understanding, and through fostering independent thinking and expression in academic staff and students. Robust democracies require no less.” (p 3)

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De Zwart (2014). Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future.

“It is not only the government who is following us and trying to influence our behavior. In fact, it is the standard business model of the Internet. Our behaviour on the Internet is nearly always mediated by a third party. … The biggest commercial intermediary is Google who by now decides, among other things how I walk from the station to the theatre, in which way I will treat the symptoms of my cold, whether an email I’ve sent to somebody else should be marked as spam, where best I can book a hotel, and whether or not I have an appointment next week Thursday.” (¶22)

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Circumvent Censorship, Unblock Internet Access Using Mac OS

Reading the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) short guide for journalists at the Beijing Olympics was quite sobering. The human rights situation for people in China has only gotten worse with the coming of the Olympics to Beijing. Yesterday, the IOC admitted that it had agreed to censorship of Internet access for journalists. This article will … Read more

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