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California seizes guns from owners – and it might become a national model

California seizes guns from owners – and it might become a national model

In California, the government is already coming for the guns. Notwithstanding the Second Amendment, rules and regulations across the United States outline certain restrictions for who can legally possess a firearm. In the state of California, factors such as a felony conviction or a history of mental health issues mean roughly 20,000 gun owners are […]

Freedom of (some) information: US ‘national security’ hampers data access

Freedom of (some) information: US ‘national security’ hampers data access

Despite President Obama’s promise that openness will prevail, America’s government agencies continue to tighten their grip over free public access of state documents, AP reports. Papers are mostly being censored to conform to the security policy. America’s Freedom of Information Act has been increasingly sacrificed for the sake of national security, revealed the latest analyses […]

House demands Pentagon disclose details about domestic drones

House demands Pentagon disclose details about domestic drones

The United States House of Representatives is demanding that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explain to Congress details pertaining to any domestic spying missions conducted by Pentagon-operated surveillance drones. The House voted this week on a lengthy appropriations bill that, tucked deep within, contained a provision ordering the Department of Defense to disclose information about a […]

John Kerry: ‘In America you have a right to be stupid’

John Kerry: ‘In America you have a right to be stupid’

US Secretary of State John Kerry advocated First Amendment-protected freedoms during an address in Berlin on Tuesday, and said that thanks to the US Constitution, “you have a right to be stupid if you want to be” in America. Kerry, a long-time Democratic senator from Massachusetts and former presidential hopeful, was speaking to a group […]

Canada kills controversial internet surveillance bill

Canada kills controversial internet surveillance bill

The Conservative Canadian government is abandoning its much-criticized internet surveillance bill, which would have allowed the government to keep tabs on its citizens and was disguised under the cloak of fighting child pornographers. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced that Bill C-30, which caused public ire over privacy, is dead. “We’ve listened to the concerns of […]

Blacks and Whites both accuse Disneyland of racism

Blacks and Whites both accuse Disneyland of racism

Mickey and his pals have some explaining to do. After going public last week with a discrimination lawsuit he’s waging against Disneyland, a California attorney says he’s hearing all sorts of allegations about employees of the amusement park. Since announcing earlier this month that he’d be representing a case that’s accusing Disney staffers of racism, […]

Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat

Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat

US defense giant Raytheon has developed a controversial software that uses social networking sites to track your movements, able to predict where a person will be and their future behavior. The program has drawn criticism from civil rights groups. A video obtained exclusively by The Guardian shows how software developed by the US defense contractor […]

Aiming high: California trumps New York with toughest gun law

Aiming high: California trumps New York with toughest gun law

California announced it will pioneer the US’ harshest gun control laws a week after New York claimed the accolade. The legislation comes after a wave of fatal shootings and has been criticized by opposition as a game of ‘one-upmanship’ with New York. The new legislation, consisting of 10 different proposals, will dramatically crack down on […]

Pussy Riot ‘Punk Prayer’ praised by Sundance jury

Pussy Riot ‘Punk Prayer’ praised by Sundance jury

A documentary about jailed punk band Pussy Riot, who became a household name after their controversial act at Russia’s main cathedral, ‘Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer’ has won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award in America. The Russian and British co-production, directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, […]

Google faces UK class action over secret iPhone tracking

Google faces UK class action over secret iPhone tracking

Google is embroiled in its biggest privacy battle yet in the UK over reportedly tracking users’ online habits. At least 10 UK citizens began legal action with dozens more lining up. According to media estimates up to 10 million Britons could join in. Google is accused of evading security settings on Apple’s devices and Safari’s […]