Is the U.S. Helping the UAE Torture Yemenis? #OpYemen

The short answer is yes, but according to Yemen citizens who were detained in these secret UAE prisons in Yemen, they are not being tortured by Americans. Complicated? That's how it's supposed to be. Following reports from the Associated Press and Human Rights Watch which detailed horrible personal accounts from Yemenis who were tortured in … Continue reading Is the U.S. Helping the UAE Torture Yemenis? #OpYemen

Urgent Message From Fight For The Future

Congress are still in their home districts for summer recess, could make or break the battle to protect the free and open internet. Time is running out to take our message directly to our lawmakers before they go back to Washington, D.C., where they’ll be constantly hearing from cable company lobbyists. Internet service providers like AT&T, … Continue reading Urgent Message From Fight For The Future

Trump reversed a plastic water bottle ban in national parks.

And pretty much nobody is happy about it, except maybe Nestlé. Since 2011, 23 national parks had ended the sale of plastic water bottles to cut down on trash and litter. Before the ban took effect at the Grand Canyon, for example, water bottles made up 20 percent of the park’s total waste. But on Aug. 16, the Trump administration ended … Continue reading Trump reversed a plastic water bottle ban in national parks.

Transgender YouTubers had their videos grabbed to train facial recognition software

About five or six years ago, one of Karl Ricanek’s students showed him a video on YouTube. It was a time lapse of a person undergoing hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, in order to transition genders. “At the time, we were working on facial recognition,” Ricanek, a professor of computer science at the University of … Continue reading Transgender YouTubers had their videos grabbed to train facial recognition software

U.S. targets Chinese and Russia entities over North Korea – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is imposing new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang's weapons programs, U.S. officials announced on Tuesday, but stopped short of an anticipated focus on Chinese banks. The Office of Foreign Assets Control designated six Chinese-owned entities, one Russian, one North Korean and … Continue reading U.S. targets Chinese and Russia entities over North Korea – Reuters