The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program

The Senate released a 528-page executive summary of its study on the CIA’s detention program, more than eight years after the secret overseas prisons were shut down. The report rejected many of the agency’s claims on the effectiveness of harsh interrogation techniques.

Read it yourself.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program – Washington Post.

Why “Big Data” is a Civil Rights Issue

On October 30, 2014, the Data & Society Research Institute, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and New America’s Open Technology Institute hosted the first annual conference on Data & Civil Rights on October 30, 2014 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. This year’s conference focused on why “big data” is a civil rights issue. The event convened a diverse group of people from the civil rights community, government, industry, philanthropy, and research.

via Data Civil Rights.

On HTML5 and the Group That Rules the Web

You might have read that, on October 28th, W3C officially recommended HTML5. And you might know that this has something to do with apps and the Web. The question is: Does this concern you?

The answer, at least for citizens of the Internet, is yes: it is worth understanding both what HTML5 is and who controls the W3C. And it is worth knowing a little bit about the mysterious, conflict-driven cultural process whereby HTML5 became a “recommendation.” Billions of humans will use the Web over the next decade, yet not many of those people are in a position to define what is “the Web” and what isn’t. The W3C is in that position. So who is in this cabal? What is it up to? Who writes the checks?

via On HTML5 and the Group That Rules the Web.

Laura Poitras and Amy Goodman to Receive I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence

Filmmaker Laura Poitras is winner of the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, awarded each year by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!,” also has been selected to receive a special I.F. Stone lifetime achievement award.

The two journalists will be honored at a ceremony at Harvard University on February 5, 2015.

via Laura Poitras and Amy Goodman to Receive I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence – Nieman Foundation.

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