Privacy of Your Cellphone’s Location? Only in California

On Wednesday, an American legislature took the most affirmative step so far to limit cellphone location tracking by law enforcement. The California Location Privacy Act, passed with bipartisan support by the state’s Assembly, could protect the location data created by citizens’ cell phones,

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Google Election Day Doodle Guides You to Local Polling Places

Utility, not whimsey is at the heart of Google’s U.S. Election Day Doodle, which leads readers to local polling places. The Doodle, which shows the Google name spelled out in paper ballots (odd for a tech company as some have pointed out), click through to a prompt to ‘enter the address where

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Who’s Behind All These Anti-Obama Text Messages?

Have you been receiving anti-Obama text messages from a random address? You’re not alone – hundreds of people have said they’ve seen them on their phones. Speaking anecdotally, most of the people this writer has noticed reporting the anti-Obama texts are journalists and other politically-active

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NationBuilder Makes ‘Largest Deal Ever Struck in Political Technology’

NationBuilder, a service that provides state-of-the-art digital organizing technology to almost any political campaign, has made what the company’s president called “probably the largest deal ever struck in political technology” in terms of the number of elections it can potentially impact. The

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Open-Source Everything: The Moral of the Healthcare.gov Debacle

Right as the U.S. government shut down on Oct. 1, the new national health-care exchange went live at healthcare.gov. Intended for people who want to buy health insurance under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the website failed from the start. It was unusable to hundreds of thousands

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The Video Game Propaganda Wars

A popular video game begins with a small, tactical team of highly trained commandos on a delicate mission behind enemy lines. Two nuclear scientists have been kidnapped and are being held in a hostile country governed by a cabal of crazed military maniacs. To prevent Armageddon, the commandos –

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