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Tomorrow the privacy of everyone in the United States will be on the floor of the House of Representatives. Call your rep right now. Tell them to vote NO on repealing the FCC broadband privacy rules.

Tomorrow the privacy of everyone in the United States will be on the floor of the House of Repres...

Again? Jesus it's like every week with this shit

But stuff we actually want takes a year just to even start being talked about in whispers by our representatives

Here's how you contact your local representative

I called mine and the probably 18 year old girl was super enthusiastic. Loved that.

Former congressional rep. Intern here. You got an intern, who gets hundreds of these calls a day and just takes note and logs it. They dont have any power in the office, be nice to them!

Yeah, uh, Montana doesn't have a representative. Ryan-buttlicking-Zinke wandered off to become the Secretary of the fucking Interior.

We're thinking of changing our state motto to Taxation Without Representation 2.0.

Uber Says Customers Give Up Right to Sue When They Agree to Use Service

Uber Says Customers Give Up Right to Sue When They Agree to Use Service
Uber Says Customers Give Up Right to Sue When They Agree to Use Service

Uber is incorrect.

I'm starting to think Uber isn't a nice company.

Pretty much, yeah. IANAL, but if that were a right you could have to give up to use something, every company would be immune from lawsuits. Just because something is in a contract doesn't make it enforceable.

Edit: apparently binding arbitration is enforceable.

It never was.

I know most people don't know this but Uber was always a company with shady business practices. Yeah, taxis are shit, and I'd be fine with Uber edging them out of the fair market, but it isn't fair what they're doing.

Basically, they circumvent tons of laws and local ordinances that taxi companies have to follow because they try not to get classified as a taxi company.

They also actually slave drive the people who work for them.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic - Only 10 percent of cars would have to be connected for it to work.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic - Only 10 percent of cars would have to be ...

The title of this post is completely wrong. The article claims that when 10% of cars use this technology, it has a positive effect. So it doesn't beat the world's worst traffic at all, it just makes it slightly better.

All the summaries are leaving out the best part of the article:

This may not be as distant a technology as it might seem. As it turns out, only 10 percent of cars in a network need to be driving according to the optimizations for those optimizations to have a positive effect on the entire network. Breathe easy: You're free to continue driving like an unoptimized asshole.

Trivial. First analyze the traffic to find the worst offenders that cause jams, then go kamikaze. A small sacrifice for a large gain. /s

I mean, I would hope that it has a positive effect when just 1% of cars use it

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Minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable

Minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable
Minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable

Well i think this ministers opinion is unacceptable

This was Amber Rudd, home secretary. She was on Andrew Marr this morning saying that the government need to hire people who "know the hashtags necessary to take down terrorists" I'm not convinced that is the best person for this job.

Well, Minister, unencrypt all Government messaging and publish it for the Public - who elected you. If you are doing nothing wrong, why hide it?

Well, then she needs to hire Mr. 4Chan.

US Petition to repeal the bill infringing on our privacy!

US Petition to repeal the bill infringing on our privacy!

I have a feeling you could get a million signatures here and this would still be roundly dismissed by Trump and the Repubs. Good luck! Probably better to call your rep.

Dude you need to fix the first sentence. Also, senate hasn't repealed the law, they don't have the authority to do that. They have voted to do so. The vote will now pass on to the house.

I did email my rep, this isn't about getting it the white house, but getting it more traction with the public!

It definitely needs as much attention as possible. I'm ready to bother my rep as much as I can come Monday. It's completely insane that they're spinning this as a way of protecting consumers. Total BS!

FBI Director: U.S. should expect Russian interference in 2018, 2020 elections

FBI Director: U.S. should expect Russian interference in 2018, 2020 elections

Shouldn't we be more worried about superpacs influencing elections?

Specifically - Search engines and ISPs using their access to data for predictive analytics down to a granular neighborhood-by-neighborhood level on how people are going to vote. Handing that pervasive surveillance to those in position to act on it in a way that influences elections.

Fuck.

Redifining words, such as 'metadata'.

Talking specifically to you Eric Schmidt and your Alphabet post-dont-be-evil bullshit.

Just take the fucking money out of politics and then you dont need to worry aboyt this anymore, foreign or domestic

This is a fascinating read:

https://scout.ai/story/the-rise-of-the-weaponized-ai-propaganda-machine

Not sure how well it answers your question though.

Alaska's big telecoms say they won't sell consumer data after Senate internet privacy vote

Alaska's big telecoms say they won't sell consumer data after Senate internet privacy vote
Alaska's big telecoms say they won't sell consumer data after Senate internet privacy vote

Well, that's nice. At least the largest and least inhabited state in the country is safe from greedy ISP's selling data, for now. As for the other 49, we're probably still shit out of luck.

Oh our ISP's are still pretty greedy. Rediculous data caps on already over priced plans. I get 250 GB and I'm on the 2nd highest plan. Still this is good news

My husband and I on reading this; 'Bulllllllshiiiiit!' we've dealt with GCI, they'll sell you up the river in a heartbeat.

The State of Alaska wrote grants to build the initial infrastructure. The telecoms didn't foot a cent of the build costs.

Here Are the 50 GOP Senators Who Just Sacrificed Your #BroadbandPrivacy to Corporate Profits: 'Extremely disappointing that the Senate voted today to sacrifice the privacy rights of Americans in the interest of protecting the profits of major internet companies'

Here Are the 50 GOP Senators Who Just Sacrificed Your #BroadbandPrivacy to Corporate Profits: 'Extremely disappointing that the Senate voted today to sacrifice the privacy rights of Americans in the interest of protecting the profits of major internet companies'
Here Are the 50 GOP Senators Who Just Sacrificed Your #BroadbandPrivacy to Corporate Profits: 'Ex...

Someone should start a GoFundMe to buy and release the browsing history of all 50 senators and their family

Why stop at Internet history? Honestly we should have every member of Congress tailed 24/7. They don't seem to mind any invasion of privacy for citizens. Comb their trash. Follow their families. I'd donate to crowd funding a series of private investigators.

Im sure the ISPs will use that money to create more reliable infrastructure, faster speeds and no more throttling of things like Netflix! /s Good thing my 401k probably has telecom stocks in it so I'll at least benefit in some way :(

Just to be clear, does this allow them to sell unscrubbed data? Like, I'm sure some shady motherfucker will do that even if it's illegal, but can they legally sell my data with my name on it, or just as a general statistic?

Like, if I visit some clothes website for example, can Comcast sell them my data, identifying me, from similar searches on other clothing websites? Or can they just say "Some guy searched this on your site, and also searched this on several other sites."

If they can sell identifying information, how can I protect my privacy? Even if they can't, how can I protect my privacy?

Laser-firing underwater drones are being utilized to protect Norway's salmon industry by recognizing, and obliterating, parasitic sea lice

Laser-firing underwater drones are being utilized to protect Norway's salmon industry by recognizing, and obliterating, parasitic sea lice
Laser-firing underwater drones are being utilized to protect Norway's salmon industry by recogniz...

...can we make those drones look like sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?

I wonder if the salmon learn to associate the robot with parasite removal and seek it out like those natural cleaning stations on reefs manned by specialized shrimp and fish.

You know, that's a fascinating question.

TIL there is "sea lice"

Today, Senators will vote to allow ISPs to sell your internet history and end FCC online privacy rules

Today, Senators will vote to allow ISPs to sell your internet history and end FCC online privacy rules
Today, Senators will vote to allow ISPs to sell your internet history and end FCC online privacy ...
Here's how we do away with it:

We need to crowd-source funding to buy all of the ISPs' data.

Then we sift through it and publish all browsing history of every politician involved, their families and friends, every public official or celebrity across the country in a well-designed, easy-to-search website. With minescule donations from a large number of individuals, we could easily do this.

It wouldn't take long before a powerful outcry would reverse this legislation.

Edit: Thanks for the gold. Here is a mockup for a placeholder site. If anyone has the availability and the balls to set something like this up, I would recommend doing it outside of the US for obvious reasons. If someone else has already started work on such a site, please disregard this - I just wanted to see how impactful this might look as an actual site.

Mockup

Here's how we do away with it:

We need to crowd-source funding to buy all of the ISPs' data.

Then we sift through it and publish all browsing history of every politician involved, their families and friends, every public official or celebrity across the country in a well-designed, easy-to-search website. With minescule donations from a large number of individuals, we could easily do this.

It wouldn't take long before a powerful outcry would reverse this legislation.

Edit: Thanks for the gold. Here is a mockup for a placeholder site. If anyone has the availability and the balls to set something like this up, I would recommend doing it outside of the US for obvious reasons. If someone else has already started work on such a site, please disregard this - I just wanted to see how impactful this might look as an actual site.

I can't wait to buy my senator's internet history! :D

Instructions on how to call the senators involved in this:

http://act.freepress.net/call/internet_privacy_cra_senate_5sens/?t=1&referring_akid=6230.10633628...

Sen. Susan Collins : (202) 224-2523

Sen. Cory Gardner : (202) 224-5941

Sen. Claire McCaskil : (202) 224-6154

Sen. Lisa Murkowski : (202) 224-6665

Sen. Rob Portman : (202) 224-3353

Here's a sample script for you to use:

I'm calling to urge Sens. Collins, Gardner, McCaskil, Murkowski, and Portman to vote against any efforts to use the CRA to dismantle the FCC's broadband-privacy rules. Internet service providers have access to every piece of sensitive data that flows across their networks and the FCC's rules protect my information from misuse. Thank you.

edit: obligatory thanks for the gold, but please instead of donating reddit gold, consider donating to the EFF, freepress.net (where I got the info above), and/or the ACLU.

edit 2: thanks to /u/tompkinsedition below, go here to call your local senator if they aren't in the list above.

edit 3: the senators above are NOT the authors, sponsors, or co-sponsors of the bill. They are the ones we want to convince to vote against it. You can view the sponsors and everything else about the bill here:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/34/cosponsors

I call Cory Gardner on a regular basis about once a week or so to voice my opinion about something. The trick to getting a human is to call when it isn't lunch time in DC and then call 5 times in a row, wait 15 minutes or so call 5 times again. I almost always get an actual human before I hit 10 calls.

I'll call him this morning.

Try one of these subthreads