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Political Protest Open Thread (Share the Outrage)

As you may have noticed, over on the right-hand side of this page Irregular Times maintains a list of upcoming political protest events. Although we occasionally despair at the uphill odds faced by popular protests to overcome the organized machinations of wealth and power, we believe strongly in the right and responsibility of dissent. When [...]

Deanonymization: Definitely Not Delovely

Earlier this evening I found myself perusing Facebook’s privacy policy. Facebook writes in reassuring tones that don’t reassure:

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it [...]

With ProQuest Privatization of the Statistical Abstract, Individual People Can’t Even Buy What was Free

As you may be aware, one year and one month ago the U.S. government halted publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States. This publication — which was available free of charge on the Internet via the U.S. Census Bureau — brought together thousands and thousands of pieces of information from across the federal [...]

Irregular Times Domestic Donation: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Every time someone takes home one of our liberal sweat-free made in the USA shirts, we set aside a dollar to donate to a good political cause within the United States. This month, our donation goes to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Conservative columnists and politicians are spending a lot of time lately [...]

Government Collecting Too Much Information About You? Party Followers Change Answer based on who is President

From the Pew Research Center’s American Values Survey:

When a Republican is in the White House, Democrats are more concerned than Republicans about the prying eyes of big government.

When a Democrat is in the White House, Republicans are more concerned than Democrats about the prying eyes of big government.

My authority figure is [...]

Open Letter to Americans Elect CTO Joshua Levine Formally Requesting IRS Documents (Yet Again)

[Note: the following open letter has been sent this morning to Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine in e-mail form, one of the avenues by which the IRS explicitly recognizes official requests for information may take place.]

Dear Mr. Levine,

The following is an open letter which is directed to you and also published [...]

World Governments Request User Data from Google. Which Ones and How Much?

10 Tactics for Information Activists: Can You Name #11?

Yesterday, I despaired a bit that old social movement tactics didn’t seem to be working any more. New Media Rights and the Tactical Technology Collective have gotten creative, coming out with a list of 10 tactics for turning information into activism:

1. mobilise people 2. witness and record 3. visualise your message 4. amplify personal [...]

Political Donation: Sunlight Foundation

Every time you buy one of our sweatshop-free t-shirts at Skreened, we donate a dollar to a group that promotes progressive politics in America. Our latest donation goes to the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding and releasing information about various government activities and shenanigans as broadly as possible and in the most [...]

Resolution In Congress Would Let You Read A Bill Before It's Passed

This bill would encourage citizen interaction with U.S. Representatives, and increase general trust in Congress, allowing people to be sure that important laws will not be passed before voters have some chance to make their opinions known. The law would also give members of Congress themselves the time that they need to actually read the legislation that they are being asked to vote upon. [...]

Obama Secrecy, Heralded Elsewhere

… Irregular Times News Digest … May 13 2009 …

No Detainee Photo Release: Pictures Make Government Look Bad

In breaking news today out of Washington, DC, President Barack Obama and his aides announced that, despite a federal court for the release of dozens of photographs of the ill-treatment of U.S. Government detainees, the photographs [...]