Technology

White House Responds to Petition on Alleged Threat to Open Internet

Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open, Innovative Internet Guest Column by Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra, and Howard Schmidt Thanks for taking the time to sign this petition. Both your words and actions illustrate the importance of maintaining an open and democratic Internet. Right now, Congress is debating a few pieces of legislation concerning the…

Al Henley Elected President of the AFL-CIO of Alabama

Al Henley of Montgomery was elected president of the AFL-CIO of Alabama this week. In this exclusive interview with The Locust Fork News-Journal, he talks about the state convention, what organized labor’s plans are for the next year in Alabama and the presidential election of 2012, and how unions are planning to use new technology…

In Memory of Steve Jobs – The Crazy One

Just now getting set up in the campground on the mountain top and taking in all the tributes to Apple’s Steve Jobs. Below is an original Mac ad we ran in The Southerner magazine online back in the late 1990s, before the dot com bubble burst. Click on the ad for a sample story, in…

Freedom of the Press is NOT Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It is a cool 72 degrees in the foothills of the Appalachians, a time of year we long for during the long, hot dog days of summer. The cooler temperatures and the ability to get outside without sweating and dodging mosquitoes relieves some of the pressure from the modern…

Hacker Pleads Guilty to Infiltrating ATnT Servers

A computer hacker who helped write the malicious code behind a breach of ATnT’s computer servers admitted to conspiring to hack into the servers, steal information regarding iPad subscribers, and publicize the crime, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Thursday. Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, Calif., pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with…

Agreement Forces 18 Dirty TVA Coal-Fired Power Plant Units Offline

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors approved a landmark agreement Thursday with three citizen groups, four states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requiring TVA to phase out 18 units at dirty, coal-fired power plants and install modern pollution controls on three dozen additional units. It is one of the largest pollution reduction agreements…

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson About the time for Sunday breakfast, the digital mercury crested 60 degrees — and the bluebirds showed up at the birdbath. Watching the blue male angle for the best perch to get at the water, I had an epiphany of sorts. Sometimes, to get a better perspective, it is…

Egyptian Government Shuts Down Internet, Cell Phone Access

The Egyptian government has taken the unprecedented action of shutting down nearly all Internet and cellular telephone access into an out of the country. Egypt did not just put up a firewall for its 80 million citizens. It has forced networks completely offline. The only Internet activity remaining is that of the Egyptian stock exchange…

Understanding Politically Motivated Cyberattacks

by Becky Hogge As Wikileaks pushes the subject of politically motivated cyberattacks into international headlines, a year-long study funded by the Open Society Foundations highlights the growing threat of cyberattacks against independent media and human rights websites. The research finds that targets can do little to prevent such attacks, and should focus instead on mitigating…

Electronic Mail Wins Landmark Fourth Amendment Protection

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by email service providers. In a landmark decision in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the court found that email users have the same reasonable expectation of privacy in…

Republican Governors Blow Off Money for Green Jobs?

In two states where workers are desperate for jobs — Wisconsin, where the jobless rate is 9.4 percent, and Ohio, where it’s 9.9 percent — the incoming governors rejected $1.2 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail projects, which would have created tens of thousands of good jobs. Republican Governors-elect Scott Walker (Wis.) and John…

Senator Al Franken Says Net Neutrality Plan Leaves Corporate Loopholes

U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., is now saying the new Net Neutrality proposal just released by the Obama administration from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski would take the country in the wrong direction. “Unfortunately, now that we’ve got more information about his proposal, it’s becoming clear that without significant changes it would take us…

Technology U: Prometheus Unbound

“Life’s but a walking shadow…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing…” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth by Glynn Wilson The Big Picture Do you ever feel the pressure of change in your life? Do you ever get the feeling that new technology is coming on so fast you can’t keep…

Where Do We Go From Here?

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Under the Microscope By Glynn Wilson We haven’t celebrated Father’s Day around here in a very long time. Why? When my father died on that March day in 1973, my world changed in ways good and bad, in ways I will never fully grasp. As for his world and this country, things were so different…