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Internet role in human rights gets spotlight

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology titans and political activists gathered here on Tuesday to map ways to ensure the Internet is used as a tool for human rights instead of as a weapon of oppression. The overarching goal of the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference was to collaborate on principles for…

Under fire, Facebook promises privacy changes

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular social-networking service to appease critics. “We’ve spent the last couple of weeks listening to users and consulting with experts in California; Washington, DC, and around the world,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in response to an AFP…