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Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor? Depends on Who You Ask

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Sorting out Net Neutrality

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Google Stops Data-Mining Student Gmail Accts. #UIC CIO Available to Address the Changes, User Privacy & Campus Tech

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NSA Snooping? Surveillance-Free Cell Technology Within Reach

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Breaking News Experts Needed: 1) U.S. Government Sequester, 2) Child "Cured" of HIV, 3) SpaceX Supply Ship Arrives at ISS.

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'Digital Divide' Expert to FCC: Make Broadband Cheaper

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Low-income city residents learn to use broadband through public programs, but they will not get home broadband until it costs less -- and government must help make that happen, says a UIC professor to the Federal Communications Commission.

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Have You Heard? Nearly 15 Percent of Work Email Is Gossip

According to some estimates, the average corporate email user sends 112 emails every day. About one out of every seven of those messages, says a new study from Georgia Tech, can be called gossip. Assistant Professor Eric Gilbert of the School of Interactive Computing examined hundreds of thousands of emails from the former Enron corporation and found that 14.7 percent of the emails qualify as office scuttlebutt.

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Privacy Law Expert Warns of the Perils of Social Reading

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The Internet and social media have opened up new vistas for people to share preferences in films, books and music. Services such as Spotify and the Washington Post Social Reader already integrate reading and listening into social networks, providing what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls “frictionless sharing.” “But there’s a problem. A world of automatic, always-on disclosure should give us pause,” says Neil M. Richards, JD, privacy law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Internet Use Promotes Democracy Best in Countries That Are Already Partially Free

Although use of the internet has been credited with helping spur democratic revolutions in the Arab world and elsewhere, a new multinational study suggests the internet is most likely to play a role only in specific situations.

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Too Much Information: Lacking Federal Oversight, Cell Service Providers Liberally Peddle Your Private Data

Stephen B. Wicker, Cornell University professor of electrical and computer engineering, comments on obsolete federal data privacy laws. He conducts research on wireless information networks, and focuses on networking technology, law, sociology, and how regulation can affect privacy and speech rights. He is the author of “Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy,” a book to be published by Oxford University Press at the end of 2012.

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