Tim May, Father of ‘Crypto Anarchy,’ Is Dead at 67

Tim May, co-founder of the influential Cypherpunks mailing list and a significant influence on both bitcoin and WikiLeaks, passed away last week at his home in Corralitos, California. The news was announced Saturday on a Facebook post written by his friend Lucky Green. In his influential 1988 essay, “The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto,” May predicted that… Read More »

Today in History: The Boston Tea Party

Today in 1773, a group of Bostonians dressed as Mohawk Indians boarded three British ships and dumped several tons of tea into Boston Harbor. The event became known as the “Boston Tea Party,” or the “Destruction of the Tea.” After congregating at the Old South Meeting House, a group of patriots donned the attire of… Read More »

Can Algorithms Run Things Better Than Humans? New at Reason

Police in Orlando, Florida, are using a powerful new tool to identify and track folks in real time. Video streams from four cameras located at police headquarters, three in the city’s downtown area, and one outside of a recreation center will be processed through Amazon’s Rekognition technology, which has been developed through deep learning algorithms… Read More »

Are Dollar Stores Really Driving Grocers Out of Business? New at Reason

Earlier this month, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a nonprofit advocacy group that “challenges concentrated economic and political power, and instead champions an approach in which ownership is broadly distributed, institutions are humanly scaled, and decision-making is accountable to communities,” released research meant to push back against the spread of dollar stores, which the… Read More »

The EFF Gift Guide: What’s Creeping Us Out

EFF doesn’t endorse products. But as Internet-connected products proliferate, ads for them bombard holiday shoppers with promises of a more streamlined life. And they do so without always divulging that they’re tracking you more than a jolly fat man who sees when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. So, we are taking a different… Read More »

A Texas Judge Just Ruled Obamacare Unconstitutional

A judge in Texas just ruled Obamacare unconstitutional. If the ruling stands, the entire law will be struck down. Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018 It’s difficult to imagine that will happen, however,… Read More »

One Year Ago Today, the FCC Killed the Internet

One year ago today, the Federal Communications Commission killed the internet. Except the internet didn’t really die—quite the opposite, in fact—when the FCC voted down party lines to end the series of regulations known as “net neutrality.” Despite the overwrought warnings and fearful pleas of advocates for greater government regulation of the world wide web,… Read More »

Trump’s Border Wall Is a Bad Idea. So Is a Government Shutdown.

With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that a partial government shutdown could happen in the next month unless Congress agrees to allocate $5 billion for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. If Congress won’t fund his wall, Trump says he’s willing to take responsibility for a shutdown. There… Read More »

Promises, Promises: Financing President Trump’s Wall

In a recent meeting with Democratic Congressional leaders, President Trump threatened to shut down the federal government if they did not appropriate money to build “the wall” between Mexico and the United States. But when he was running for president, one of his campaign promises was that the Mexicans would pay for the wall. Why… Read More »