The Privacy Crisis – The Perfect Excuse To Restrict Freedom of the Press

by Oletta Branstiter Are you a “media influencer”?  If so, the U.S. government is very interested in your online activities. The Department of Homeland Security needs a private contractor to provide “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” from Forbes.com Hmmm. Couldn’t anything be considered a “particular event”? Haven’t we all become “bloggers”?  According to the Forbes article, “the United…

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If You Could Read My Mind

By Janice Barlow Sometimes when you are on Facebook, it seems like it is reading your mind. Ads pop up on the side of your screen and in your newsfeed that reflect items and ideas that you have been considering. Weren’t you just talking to your friend about taking a cruise to Alaska? Or didn’t you wonder if there was a purse that matched that lavender dress you bought on sale last week? Haven’t you recently noticed that your “senior” dog has been moving slower? How does Facebook know that…

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