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Julian Assange Says WikiLeaks Is More Accountable Than Most Governments, Gets a Little Sassy About It

Julian Assange thinks WikiLeaks is more accountable than any democratic government in the world. And if you dare say otherwise, you'll probably get sued. That was essentially the message that Assange conveyed over the weekend, during his first public appearance since being arrested in December, amid accusations of rape and sexual assault. Speaking to an audience at a public debate in London, As...

Julian Assange Defends WikiLeaks, Manning and Free Press on '60 Minutes'

Share Last night, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sat down for a rare, extended interview with Steve Kroft of '60 Minutes.' In what CBS has called Assange's "most extensive television interview to date," the Australian national defended his organization's mission, discussed the roots of his own anti-authoritarian philosophy, and compared WikiLeaks' core principles to "those of the U.S. Revol...

Elena Kagan's Inbox Opened for All to Read by Watchdog Group

Supreme Court nominees have always been subjected to perhaps the most intense vetting process of any political official. But arguably no other candidate has been under the kind of microscopic scrutiny that Elena Kagan now faces, thanks to an organization that has opened up her inbox for all the world to explore. Created by the watchdog group Sunlight Foundation, 'Elena's Inbox' is an online pr...

'Power Eye' Gives Users Control Over Targeted Ads

We've never really felt comfortable with targeted advertising, the technique by which companies use consumers' online behavioral data to better place their ads. But a new service may soon relieve some of our anxieties by giving authority over user data back to whom it should belong: the user. Developed by Better Advertising, 'Power Eye' is a system that automatically places an icon in the top r...

More Americans Look to the Web for Government Info

As we've said before, regardless of your political affiliation, it's hard to argue with the fact that the Obama administration has helped to usher in the Government 2.0 era. It's not just the feds, though. Local and state governments are taking tentative steps towards digital transparency too, offering scads of raw data and information via revamped websites. According to a recent survey from the ...

Google Lifts the Veil on Government Requests

With its recent steps to increase government transparency, Google may be putting serious pressure on other Internet companies to follow suit, and might even be affecting how nonchalantly governments issue take-down and data requests to such companies. The Government Request Tool tallies various national governments' requests for information from Google, and their calls to remove content from ...