Trending In Our News Feeds – Americans lash out against government surveillance. The ACLU sued the Obama administration yesterday over its collection of Verizon phone records. The group claims government surveillance collects personal information from its employees and will have a chilling effect on those who would ask the ACLU for help. The New York Times says cases against government surveillance have fallen short in the past because groups couldn’t prove they had been personally affected. This one might be different: The ACLU is a Verizon customer. The Times predicts the case could go to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill to make the opinions of the secret FISA court public. However, the bill would give Attorney General Eric Holder the power to withhold rulings that would threaten national security. The Atlantic Wire predicts the bill won’t pass: Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) floated a similar measure last year, and it got very little traction.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doesn’t want millennials to wait for politicians to act: He urges us to take matters into our own hands. In an op-ed for PolicyMic, Senator Paul writes, “This assault on personal privacy affects the Facebook generation more than anyone else. Your generation is completely digitized and uploaded. Everything you do is traceable via phone, email and bank records.” He argues targeted surveillance could prevent another Boston Marathon bombing without trampling the Constitution. Senator Paul calls on millennials to join a class-action lawsuit against the NSA.
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Violent police sweep clears protesters from Taksim Square. The Washington Post reports protesters have abandoned Istanbul’s Taksim Square after an aggressive police crackdown yesterday. The government claimed it meant to remove banners from a statue of Turkey’s founding father, Ataturk, but tear gas and water cannons pushed protesters from the square. “We are concerned by any attempts to punish individuals for exercising their right to free speech,” U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. A protest leader told CNN he and his allies will no longer attend a meeting with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan after the crackdown.
Report reveals unsavory accusations at State Department. At this point, we’re starting to lose track of how many “scandals” have hit Washington. A report by a government official who oversaw an audit of the State Department reveals some lurid cases against the government, and wonders if senior officials interfered in investigations. Larry Dinger’s report says State Department officials have been accused of soliciting sex from prostitutes, selling drugs to security officers in Baghdad, and lying about work hours. While the State Department says it investigated the charges, the report brings Hillary Clinton’s management of the department under scrutiny.
Google spends over $1 billion on mapping app. Google announced it bought mapping startup Waze yesterday for a price tag rumored to be north of $1 billion. Waze innovated mapping apps by crowdsourcing traffic data: The application uses information from users’ phones to construct real-time traffic maps. Google says it will incorporate Waze’s technology into its own mapping app.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – 8 Pictures Proving the Chicago Sun-Times Was Crazy to Cut Its Photo Department (Adam Hogue, @hoguie) – In response to the Chicago-Sun Times firing its photography department, here are a collection of photos that demonstrate the power of photojournalism.
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49% Of Gamers Are Girls, So Stop Acting Like Only Nerdy Boys Play Video Games (Kate Moening) – Polls suggest 2013 will be the year women become the majority of gamers. What does this mean for the industry’s sexism problem?
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Daft Punk Gets Remixed For Every Decade, and It’s EPIC (Sam Brounstein, @SamTheBearJew) – What would “Get Lucky” sound like if it came out in the 1920s, the ’30s, or even the ’40s? Thanks to this creative cover, you don’t have to wonder.
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Meet Steven Romeo: PolicyMic Pundit, LGBT Activist, and ‘Change Project’ Founder (Sam Bakkila, @sbakkila) – PolicyMic pundit Sam Bakkila recently sat down with Steven Romeo, the founder of The Change Project, an organization “dedicated to transforming discrimination against marginalized groups into acceptance for all people through the art of photography.”
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Old Economy Steve: A Spot On Criticism Of the Baby Boomers’ Economy (Matthew Rozsa) – The biting satire of the “Old Economy Steve” meme highlights an era when you could land your dream job just by responding to a classified ad.
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What We’re Sharing – A Famous Chinese dissident weighs in on PRISM (Guardian).
– How the government outsourced spying to silicon valley (Quartz).
– Why has sexism been sticking around for so long? (NY Times).
– Michael Douglas’ meth-selling son thinks U.S. drug laws are out of date (HuffPo).
– Pick one of these careers if you don’t want to be paying off loans for 30 years (WSJ).
– 9 useful phrases for life in the surveillance state (New Yorker).
– 8 Wikipedia articles that will ruin your day (Thought Catalog).
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