This week Tom Wheeler became the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He comes to power at a unique moment: Net Neutrality is under attack in the courts, TV companies are finding sneaky new ways to consolidate, and phone and cable companies are pursuing a deregulatory agenda that could cut off essential communications services for millions.
So far this year, 223 local TV stations have changed hands. This is the biggest wave of media consolidation ever — and it's all happening in small and mid-level markets, involving companies most people have never heard of.
In court documents the U.K. government submitted last week, authorities accused Miranda, who is the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, of terrorism and espionage for transporting documents between Greenwald and journalist Laura Poitras.
On Oct. 26, thousands of people from across the U.S. attended the Stop Watching Us rally. But while the NSA was the rally’s official target, mass surveillance of innocent people has been a problem for years.
Let it be known, in case there was any doubt: They have everything.
Any shred of a notion that we have some degree of privacy in our phone communications, emails, social networks, instant-messaging accounts or even our address books is gone.