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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U.S. Ranks Second in Internet Freedom, Behind Estonia

The United States has the second highest degree of Internet freedom in the world, according to a new study from Freedom House. What country’s ahead of America? Estonia, a country of 1.29 million in northeast Europe. Estonia Why does Estonia top the list? According to Freedom House, it ‘ranks

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The State of Digital Rights: A Discussion

For the past few weeks, Mashable has been crowdsourcing a Digital Bill of Rights to highlight the digital freedoms and protections our readers feel each user should be guaranteed as a citizen of the Internet. After hundreds of comments and contributions on the Google Doc and through social

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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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