There are all kinds of villains in life. Mosquitoes. Bad-hair days. People who lean on their car horns even though there’s no possible way outside of a James Bond movie you could make that left-hand turn without risking your own life, or at least the life of your elderly car.
This week Tom Wheeler became the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He comes to power at a unique moment: Net Neutrality is under attack in the courts, TV companies are finding sneaky new ways to consolidate, and phone and cable companies are pursuing a deregulatory agenda that could cut off essential communications services for millions.
So far this year, 223 local TV stations have changed hands. This is the biggest wave of media consolidation ever — and it's all happening in small and mid-level markets, involving companies most people have never heard of.
In court documents the U.K. government submitted last week, authorities accused Miranda, who is the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, of terrorism and espionage for transporting documents between Greenwald and journalist Laura Poitras.
On Oct. 26, thousands of people from across the U.S. attended the Stop Watching Us rally. But while the NSA was the rally’s official target, mass surveillance of innocent people has been a problem for years.