Loss of Privacy

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The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare.

It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

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It may take a few years, but Edward Snowden will eventually be welcomed back to the US as a patriot, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern told RT America. Along with the Government Accountability Project’s Jesselyn Radack, McGovern joined RT’s Ameera David to discuss Snowden’s impact on the world, one year after the whistleblower’s initial release of classified National Security Agency documents. Revealing wide ranging surveillance of ordinary citizens and governments alike, the revelations set off a fierce debate that still continues. RT’s expert panel discusses.

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M51Xt44In case you haven’t seen this chart before, the breakup of the Bell was a good thing. Unfortunately, after dividing into baby Bells, they just started acquiring each other again until a few choices were left.

Not on the list as they weren’t part of the original Bell network, T-Mobile is now being acquired by Softbank, which owns Sprint.

Similar trends can be seen in the airline industry.

020113-airlines-v3bIt’s happened in the railroad industry as well.

railroad_mergers_chartThe oil industry is also not immune.

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Internet service providers (ISPs) are slightly more diverse, but most Americans don’t really have a choice as only monopolies exist in their area already. With proposed mergers, that choice nationwide could get even smaller.

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The consolidation of banking has also happened.

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To get a better grasp on the banking, here is JPMorgan Chase alone.

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