Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mass Surveillance Silences Minority Opinions According to Study

Government surveillance clearly represents a significant attack upon our freedom of speech. Dissenting opinions are critically necessary for healthy democracy.

Source: Washington Post

The majority of participants reacted by suppressing opinions that they perceived to be in the minority. This research illustrates the silencing effect of participants’ dissenting opinions in the wake of widespread knowledge of government surveillance, as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

... in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends. But this study adds a new layer by explicitly examining how government surveillance affects self-censorship.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Every RNC delegate is a Superdelegate

Source: Politico

On Friday, Haugland issued a new memo, insisting that he and all fellow RNC delegates can’t be bound under current rules. “That’s right. Every delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention is a completely free agent, free to vote for the candidate of their choice on every ballot at the convention in Cleveland in July,” he wrote. “Every delegate is a Superdelegate!”