The National Security Agency is breaking trust in democracy by breaking trust in the internet. Every day, the NSA records the lives of millions of Americans and countless foreigners, collecting staggering amounts of information about who they know, where they’ve been, and what they’ve done. Its surveillance programs have been kept secret from the public they allegedly serve and protect. The agency operates the most sophisticated, effective, and secretive surveillance apparatus in history.
Facebook has built an $8 billion business (at $2 billion in revenue per quarter) but it’s mostly based on just one thing: Showing people ads inside Facebook. Even though Facebook has peppered the web with its “Like” and “Recommend” buttons, the company hasn’t used them for advertising purposes outside the Facebook platform.
As a part of its gigabit fiber rollout in Austin, Texas, the carrier is offering a $70 “Premier” service that’s $30 cheaper than the standard package. The catch? Signing up for the service means agreeing to let AT&T track what you search for, what sites you visit, and even how long you stay on them.
Yesterday, at approximately 7:22 p.m., local time, the Moscow’s Mission Control experienced something you never want to happen when the mission you’re controlling is playing out outside the planet: silence. Complete, utter silence. Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, had lost contact with its satellites — all of them. Which meant, as well, that it had lost contact with the International Space Station, and with the cosmonauts who call it home.