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Rebecca MacKinnon: Political activism needed to protect the Internet

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Former CNN journalist Rebecca MacKinnon said during a TED Talk that new political innovations are needed to create a “consent of the networked” to protect the Internet from censorship and surveillance.

“In a pre-Internet world, sovereignty over our physical freedoms, or lack thereof, was controlled almost entirely by nation states,” she said. “But now we have this new layer of private sovereignty in cyberspace. And their decisions about software coding, engineering, design, terms of service all act as a kind of law that shapes what we can and cannot do with our digital lives.”

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“So the question is, we know how to hold government accountable. We don’t necessarily always do it very well, but we have a sense of what the models are, politically and institutionally, to do that. How do you hold the sovereigns of cyberspace accountable to the public interest when most CEO’s argue that their main obligation is to maximize shareholder profit?”

MacKinnon is on the Board of Directors of the Global Network Initiative and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Colossal failure of leadership’: Trump ‘unfit’ for pandemic, ‘has blood on his hands’ says Pulitzer Prize winning paper

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'Come November, There Must Be a Reckoning for the Lives Lost'

A Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper is responding to President Donald Trump's failure to manage the coronavirus pandemic, and is not holding back. The Boston Globe's editorial board, far from a bastion of far left liberalism, is denouncing the nation's President as "unfit for a pandemic."

"Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. The president has blood on his hands," the Globe's editorial board writes.

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Trump’s much-hyped Walmart and CVS coronavirus testing centers have been a massive flop

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"The goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car," the president said.

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After offering to send 2,000 ventilators to FEMA and HHS, the Pentagon never got the go-ahead to ship them off or any sort of directions on where to send them to.

CNN reports that the Defense Department also made its testing labs available, but still hasn't heard back from the White House.

Read the full report over at CNN.

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