Why surveillance states and monopolies have a lot in common

It’s not just overbearing web giants and mighty broadband mergers that threaten to destroy competition — there’s also a case for seeing the surveillance state as a potential monopolistic blocker in the marketplace of ideas.

The hot, confusing mess that is digital privacy

The last day’s NSA headlines have been about how it broke the law and even violated the Constitution. But that’s just a small part of an opinion that raises more questions than answers, and that underscores the complex nature of data privacy.

Icelanders approve their crowdsourced constitution

Iceland’s citizens were given a chance to help forge a new constitution for their country through Facebook and Twitter, so it’s not surprising that they backed the resulting draft. Now it’s over to the politicians.