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How Facebook Betrayed Users and Undermined Online Privacy

  • Viable alternatives (to Facebook) are already springing up. A new network has been touted in the media that allows users to fully control the information they share by setting up their own personal servers, called “seeds.” Raphael Sofaer, co-founder of Diaspora, says that centralized networks like Facebook are not necessary. “In our real lives, we talk to each other,” he said. “We don’t need to hand our messages to a hub.”
  • Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information

Allan Badiner, AlterNet

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

In just six years Facebook has crossed the threshold of 500 million users. In the past nine months it has doubled in size and is now the number one most visited Web site in the world, surpassing Google. Facebook’s motto is “Making the world open and connected,” where a lone voice can have a powerful impact, as evidenced this year by one activist’s post on Facebook that sparked a demonstration of 12 million people against the Revolutionary Forces of Columbia (FARC), which had been terrorizing Colombian citizens for years.

But along with its policy of openness and potential for social change, Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for its lax policies toward the privacy of its members.



Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information, Kurt Opsahl, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The new connections features benefit Facebook and its business partners, with little benefit to you.


The Appalling Cowardice of the NY Times and the Rest of America's Big Newspapers -- Too Scared to Say 'Torture'

Before 2004, the newspapers called waterboarding torture. After the revelations of Gitmo and black sites of the Bush years, they've gone silent.

Will Bunch, Media Matters for America

On the one hand, waterboarding is torture.

On the other hand....

I'm sorry -- there is no other hand. Waterboarding is torture, period. It's been that way for decades -- it was torture when we went after Japanese war criminals who used the ancient and inhumane interrogation tactic, it was torture when Pol Pot and some of the worst dictators known to mankind used it against their own people, and it was torture to the U.S. military which once punished soldiers who adopted the grim practice.

And waterboarding was described as "torture," almost without fail, in America's newspapers.



Tell Google: Don't be evil.

  • Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
  • Hightower: Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads
  • Progressive Media - Including Evergreene Digest - Needs Your Help

Credo Action

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

Google's motto is "Don't be evil," but Google is about to cut a deal with Verizon that would end the Internet as we know it.

According to a front-page New York Times story, the deal would allow "Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege."(1)

It would create fast Internet lanes for the largest corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us.

That is why CREDO is joining MoveOn, Free Press, and Color of Change in rallying Google users to tell Google, "Don't be evil."

Speak up for a free and open Internet by signing this petition. With massive amounts of public pressure, we can stop this deal.

Google is furiously backpedaling on its closed door negotiations with Verizon over the future of the Internet -- a direct result of a strong and immediate public backlash. The company has denied some details from the New York Times story, but won't say definitively that it is not striking a deal with Verizon that will stop the FCC from imposing net neutrality rules.

From the beginning, the Internet has been a level playing field that allows everyone to connect to one another and to the world of content available online -- whether it's Daily Kos or FOX News.

This deal would change all of that by allowing Google and Verizon to pick what websites you can see over others. It would undermine the open Internet upon which hundreds of millions of people rely.

Our Internet connection should be free of corporate gatekeepers -- there's only one Internet, and it shouldn't matter who your provider is or whether you're logging on from home or your cell phone.

Sign this petition to tell Google, "Don't be evil."

Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Google to make information freely available to everyone online.

But this deal is a complete reversal that abandons their core principles. It's evil and Google must walk away from it.

Sign this letter and tell Google's founders: "Your Verizon deal IS evil, and it must be stopped."

(1) Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers, New York Times | NY, August 4, 2010


Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It, Josh Silver, Free Press, in Huffington Post

Hightower: Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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Progressive Media - Including Evergreene Digest - Needs Your Help, David Culver, Editor, Evergreene Digest

  • An outrageous federal court decision could hand over control of the Internet to companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, thus ending our ability to tell you the truth!
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What the NY Times is not telling you about the deficit.

  • The deficit is largely a red herring - an issue being ginned up by the Republicans for the purpose of preventing Obama from making headway on economic recovery. They hope that anger and frustration over the ongoing crisis can be channeled into Republican votes in November.
  • Reagan’s budget David Stockman director calls GOP tax cuts delusional

Rick Nagin, People's World

In a major editorial last Sunday (August 1) entitled "What They're Not Telling You About the Deficit," the New York Times offers at best a partial solution to the problem of the deficit. The Times justifiably criticizes the Republicans, who blame stimulus spending and extension of unemployment benefits for the deficit. The Republicans fail to mention the tax cuts they enacted primarily under the Bush administration to benefit the super-rich.

Allowing the tax cuts for wealthy families to expire at the end of the year would generate $680 billion, a major chunk of the deficit that is expected to rise to $1.4 trillion this year.



Reagan’s budget director David Stockman calls GOP tax cuts delusional, Teresa Albano, New York Times | NY
In an eye-opening, and at times hard-hitting article in Sunday's New York Times, President Reagan's budget director has slammed today's Republican Party for pushing to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the super-rich.


Does the NY Times Factcheck Op-Eds?

Bogus evidence showing Arab apathy towards Palestinians

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

On August 2, the New York Times published an op-ed arguing that Arabs do not care much about Palestinians--and that this is a good thing, especially for Palestinians. But the argument relied on a "poll" of the Arab world that does not exist.

The piece, by historian Efraim Karsh, intended to show that the "conventional wisdom" about the Israel-Palestine conflict--that Arabs "are so passionate about the Palestine problem"--is wrong. His main evidence is this: "What, then, are we to make of a recent survey for the Al Arabiya television network finding that a staggering 71 percent of the Arabic respondents have no interest in the Palestinian/Israeli peace talks?"