National Security Draft For Fining Tech Company "Noncompliance" On Wiretapping
Jeremiah Cornelius writes with what looks to be part of CISPA III: Children of CISPA. From the article: "A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur. ... 'The importance to us is pretty clear,' says Andrew Weissmann, the FBI's general counsel. 'We don't have the ability to go to court and say, "We need a court order to effectuate the intercept." Other countries have that.' Under the draft proposal, a court could levy a series of escalating fines, starting at tens of thousands of dollars, on firms that fail to comply with wiretap orders, according to persons who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. 'This proposal is a non-starter that would drive innovators overseas and cost American jobs,' said Greg Nojeim, a senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. 'They might as well call it the Cyber Insecurity ...
Exemplifying Direct Democracy, 28 Vermont Towns Vote Against Tar Sands
Activists and supporters gathered on the steps of the Calais Town Hall to celebrate their victory. (Photo: 350Vermont via Facebook) Residents in over two dozen towns across the state of Vermont expressed their oppositon to tar sands oil on Tuesday by passing resolutions against a possible plan to allow the "dirty fuel" from running through an existing pipeline that crosses the state.
Israelis 'Donate' Votes to Palestinians in Protest
In a move of high-tech civil disobedience, thousands of Israeli citizens are donating their right to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections to their Palestinian neighbors via Facebook. 'Real Democracy,' so far has over 1,700 followers and is allowing Israelis to "donate" their votes for the Palestinian cause, giving their 'second-class' citizen neighbors an opportunity to participate in the general elections on Tuesday.
Facebook page calls for Real Democracy in Israeli elections
A little civil disobedience has sprung up on Facebook, with Israeli citizens donating their right to vote in the upcoming Israeli parliamentary elections to their Palestinian neighbors.
Half A Million People Voted Against Facebook’s Governance Changes, But Not Enough As Polls Close Tomorrow
615,000 people have cast their ballot in Facebook's vote over site governance and policy changes, and 87% want to stop them. But unless 299.4 million more people vote by tomorrow morning, Facebook users will lose the ability to vote on future changes, and their data will be intermingled with Instagram. Enough votes won't be cast, so Facebook's experiment with "democracy" will be coming to a close.