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Links 7/10/2021: KDE Gear 21.08.2 and Tor Browser 10.5.8

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

    • Games

      • The Long Dark - Episode Four is out now | GamingOnLinux

        Hinterland has released Episode Four "Fury, Then Silence" of The Long Dark story mode getting one step closer to reaching the conclusion with big updates planned in future.

        "A murderous gang of convicts have captured Mackenzie. Desperate to escape one of the darkest corners of Great Bear Island, he must somehow survive his fiercest enemy yet. Can Mackenzie recover the Hardcase, continue his search for Astrid, and save the innocents caught up in this deadly confrontation?"

      • Fun, Franchises and ReMastered Classic Games

        This of course brings me to the last two weeks in which I purchased two aRPGs (Action RPGs). One was a remastered version of an absolute classic, Diablo 2: Resurrected. It's basically the same game as 20 years ago with a total visual overhaul. Every other aspect of the game has been left untouched. The second is a much newer game that came out in the last couple years for the Switch and recently made it's way to Steam and runs on Linux via Proton: Minecraft: Dungeons.

      • Valve opens up a Steam Deck to explain why it thinks you shouldn’t

        Valve has posted an official teardown of its upcoming handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck. Before diving into the teardown, though, the company spends about a minute to strongly caution against taking one apart unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing.

      • Valve tears down Steam Deck (but don’t you dare do this at home)

        Indeed, the 5-minute video goes into great detail on how to perform Steam Deck surgery, and even states you have the “right” to open up your Steam Deck, but more than half of the video discourages you from doing so.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Gear 21.08.2 Is Out to Improve Dolphin, Okular, Konsole, Gwenview, Kate, and Other Apps

          KDE Gear 21.08.2 is here about five weeks after the first point release to KDE Gear 21.08 with more improvements for your favorite KDE apps, including the popular Dolphin file manager, which no longer stays open in the background after running an archive operation using the context menu and then exiting the app.

          KDE’s standard document viewer app Okular has been updated in KDE Gear 21.08.2 to automatically enable the “Force rasterization” setting when printing a document using a scaling mode that requires this setting to be active, as well as to strip off trailing newline characters when copying text and prompt users to save a read-only file on a different location.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Data@Mozilla: My first time experience at the SciPy conference

            In July 2021, I and a few fellow Mozillians attended the SciPy conference with Mozilla as a diversity sponsor, meaning that our sponsorship went towards paying the stipend for the diversity speaker, Tess Tannenbaum. This was my first time attending a SciPy conference and also my first time supporting data science recruiting efforts at a conference. The conference involved the showcasing of the latest open source Python projects for advancement in scientific computing. I was eager to meet the contributors of many commonly used data science Python packages and hear about new features in upcoming releases. I was excited about having this opportunity as I strongly believe that conference attendance is an extremely rewarding experience for networking and learning about industry trends. As a Data Scientist, my day to day work often involves using Python libraries such as scikit-learn, numpy and pandas to derive insights from data. It felt particularly close to heart for a technical and data science geek like me to learn about code developments and use cases from other enthusiasts in the industry.

            One talk that I particularly enjoyed was on the topic of Time-to-Event Modeling in Python led by Brian Kent and a few other data science experts. Time-to-Event Modeling is also referred to as survival analysis, which was traditionally used in biological research studies to predict lifespans. The speakers at the talk were the contributors of some of the most popular survival analysis python packages. For example, Lifelines is an introductory Python package that can be used for starters in survival analysis. Scikit-Survival is another package built on top of Scikit-learn, which is a commonly used package in machine learning. The focus of the talk was around how survival analysis could be useful in many different scenarios, such as in customer analytics. There is also increasing usage of survival analysis in SaaS businesses where it can be used to predict customer churn, which can help companies plan their retention strategies. I am curious how Mozilla can potentially apply survival analysis in ways that also respects data governance guidelines.

          • New Release: Tor Browser 10.5.8

            Tor Browser 10.5.8 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

            This version updates Firefox on Windows, macOS, and Linux to 78.15.0esr. This version includes important security updates to Firefox.

      • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

        • Open Access/Content

          • Open Access Ninja

            There have been open access beer recipes before – indeed, brewing culture in by nature collaborative and open. But the point of Open Access Ninja isn't (merely) making beer – it's making a point. It's that malamudian showmanship.

      • Programming/Development

        • Python

          • Dutch python meeting: structural pattern matching - Sebastiaan Zeeff

            Structural pattern matching (PEP (python enhancement proposal) 634) is the main new feature of the new python 3.10.

            Not everyone was happy with structural pattern matching. One of the comments: I see the match statement as a domain specific language that looks like python, but that does something surprisingly differently. Yes it is a special mini-language. A bit like regular expressions, which is also a special mini-language within python.

            What is structural pattern matching?

  • Leftovers

    • Rethink, Not Reform
    • Psychiatry Films and Politics: Filmmakers Take Issue with my CounterPunch Review of Their Doc

      There is one disclaimer at the end of Cured which I could not imagine that the filmmakers would have inserted on their own without pressure from the APA and establishment psychiatry. Owing to my speculation of establishment psychiatry pressure—which has been reported in other psychiatry films (more later on A Beautiful Mind)—the Cured filmmakers reached out to me, and we had a teleconference discussion for approximately an hour, which I’ll get to.

      As I previously noted, Cured includes a graphic portrayal of the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), commonly known as electroshock, to “cure” homosexuality, showing just how traumatizing and brain injuring ECT was for its victim patients. Cured also points out that another commonly used barbaric “treatment” was “aversion therapy,” in which electric shock to the genitals and/or nausea-inducing drugs were administered simultaneously with the presentation of homoerotic stimuli; and Cured notes that psychiatry also attempted to “cure” homosexuality with castration and lobotomy.

    • The Gates Foundation Avoids a Reckoning on Race and Power

      Over the last year, Doctors Without Borders has faced a major scandal, as more than 1,000 current and former employees signed on to a letter accusing the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization of institutional racism, citing a colonial mentality in how the group’s European managers view the developing world.1

      Such an allegation would be serious in any field, but it deserves another level of scrutiny in the context of global health and humanitarianism, two fields built on a paternalistic premise: rich white people from wealthy nations setting themselves up as saviors of poor people of color. The assumptions embedded in this model have provoked increasingly popular calls to “decolonize” the sector, and many organizations have responded by invoking social justice rhetoric, claiming, for instance, that their work intersects with the Black Lives Matter movement.2

    • Stoller says Facebook shutdown shows company is 'incompetent'

      “What the outage yesterday shows as well as a bunch of these [documents], is that that in fact is true, Mark Zuckerberg is incompetent,” Stoller said. “And that's why the only reason that he has market power in social networking is because he is engaged in monopolization.”

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Canopy Parental Control App Wide Open to Unpatched XSS Bugs

          The vulnerability arises because the system is failing to sanitize user inputs. The input field allows 50 characters, Young found, “which was plenty to source an external script.”

          He said there are multiple ways to exploit the issue.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • 'Historic Moment': EU Approves Call for Sweeping Ban on Facial Recognition Surveillance

              The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a call to ban facial recognition surveillance—a development heralded by the technology's foes as a "big win for human rights."€ 

              The vote on the resolution was 377-248. While the measure is nonbinding, the EUObserver reported Wednesday that its passsage means "Parliament now has for the first time an official position advocating for a ban on biometric mass surveillance, which sends a strong signal for negotiations of the first-ever EU rules on AI systems."

            • Court Documents Show The FBI Used A Whole Lot Of Geofence Warrants To Track Down January 6th Insurrectionists

              The new hotness for law enforcement isn't all that new. But it is still very hot, a better way to amass a list of suspects when you don't have any particular suspect in mind. Aiding and abetting in the new bulk collection is Google, which has a collection of location info plenty of law enforcement agencies find useful.

            • Tone Deaf Facebook Did Cripple VR Headsets When Borked BGP Routing Took Down All Of Facebook

              For over a year now, we have discussed Facebook's decision to require users of Oculus VR headsets to have active Facebook accounts linked to the devices in order for them to work properly. This decision came to be despite all the noise made by Oculus in 2014, when Facebook acquired the VR company, insisting that this very specific thing would not occur. Karl Bode, at the time, pointed out a number of potential issues this plan could cause, noting specifically that users could find their Oculus hardware broken for reasons not of their own making.

            • Belgian Government Wants To Add Encryption Backdoors To Its Already-Terrible Data Retention Law

              Earlier this year, a data retention law passed by the Belgian government was overturned by the country's Constitutional Court. The law mandated retention of metadata on all calls and texts by residents for one year, just in case the government ever decided it wanted access to it. Acting on guidance from the EU Court on laws mandating indiscriminate data retention elsewhere in the Union, the Constitutional Court struck the law down, finding it was neither justified nor legal under CJEU precedent or under Belgium's own Constitution.

            • Twitter Sells MoPub Ad Platform to AppLovin for $1.05 Billion

              The social-media company acquired MoPub in September 2013 for $350 million as a way to expand its advertising business and help place ads inside of other apps, as well as build an auction for Twitter’s own ad product.

            • What’s good, bad, and missing in the Facebook whistleblower’s testimony

              The Senate largely ate it up. Long frustrated by Facebook’s size and power — and, one suspects, by its own inability to address those issues in any constructive way — senators yielded the floor to Haugen to make her case. During the hearing titled “Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower,” Haugen walked senators through most of The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files, touching on ethnic violence, national security, polarization, and more during her testimony.

              For their part, senators sought to paint the hearing in historic terms. There were repeated comparisons to Big Tobacco, and a “Big Tobacco moment.” “This research is the definition of a bombshell,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who led the hearing.

            • Facebook's 'snow day': Massive outage reveals world's dependence

              It also showed that despite the presence of Twitter, Telegram, Signal, TikTok, Snapchat, and a bevy of other platforms, nothing can easily replace the social network that over the past 17 years has effectively evolved into critical infrastructure. The outage came the same day Facebook asked a federal judge that a revised antitrust complaint against it by the Federal Trade Commission be dismissed because it faces vigorous competition from other services.

              There are certainly other online services for posting selfies, connecting with fans or reaching out to elected officials – but those who rely on Facebook to run their business or communicate with friends and family in far-flung places saw this as little consolation.

            • Google to auto-enable this security step for millions of accounts

              Google has announced that it will auto-enable 2-step verification (2SV) for an additional 150 million accounts by the end of this year. The company will also require more than 2 million YouTube creators to turn on 2SV. According to the company, 2SV is one of the most reliable ways to prevent unauthorised access to accounts and networks. Google says that they are only auto-enrolling accounts that have the proper backup mechanisms in place.

            • Confidentiality

              • A text message routing company suffered a five-year-long breach

                The [breach] in question was brought to light in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Syniverse published last week. In it, Syniverse shares that in May 2021 it “became aware of unauthorized access to its operational and information technology systems by an unknown individual or organization.” The company did its due diligence notifying law enforcement and conducting an internal investigation, resulting in the discovery that the security breach first started in May 2016. That’s five years of (possibly) unfettered access.

              • Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was [Breached]

                The company, Syniverse, revealed in a filing dated September 27 with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission that an unknown "individual or organization gained unauthorized access to databases within its network on several occasions, and that login information allowing access to or from its Electronic Data Transfer (EDT) environment was compromised for approximately 235 of its customers."

              • Perfect Timing: Twitch Gets Compromised With Voluminous Leak Of Data Via Torrent

                It's no secret that Amazon-owned Twitch has had a rough go of it for the past year or so. We've talked about most, if not all, of the issues the platform has created for itself: a DMCA apocalypse, a creative community angry about not being informed over copyright issues, unclear creator guidelines for content that result in punishment from Twitch while some creators happily test the fences on those guidelines, and further and ongoing communication breakdowns with creators. All of that, mind you, has taken place over the last 12 months. It's been bad. Really bad!

              • Twitch confirms major data breach after its source code and secrets leak out

                The leak has been labeled as “part one,” suggesting that there could be more to come. While personal information like creator payments is included, this initial leak doesn’t appear to include passwords, addresses, or email accounts of Twitch users. Instead, the leaker appears to have focused on sharing Twitch’s own company tools and information, rather than code that would include personal accounts.

              • Massive Twitch hack reveals source code, creator payouts, and a Steam rival

                Well, this is bad. Twitch, the ultra-popular streaming site, appears to have been [breached]. An anonymous leaker on the 4chan message boards released a 125GB torrent that allegedly contains source code for the streaming service, along with payout information for creators and details about an unreleased Amazon Steam rival dubbed “Vapor.”

    • Defence/Aggression

      • OO7: License to Kill?

        All the Bond movies deal with foreign enemies. From the mountain tops in Switzerland to the sandy beaches in Jamaica, from the sleazy streets of Las Vegas to the charms of Venetian canals, Bond has hunted down Britain’s enemies. (There are even tours “On the Tracks of OO7,” promising “trips, tours and events to the fascinating James Bond filming locations around the world.”) He is not a local London Bobbie. The MI6 agent always finds ways to thwart global plots to take over the world.

        That’s fine. But who are the enemies? Many are underground groups like SPECTRE (SPecial€ Executive for€ Counter-intelligence,€ Terrorism,€ Revenge and€ Extortion), or in legal terms, non-state actors with global ambitions. The distinction between state enemies and non-state actors is central to the question of who gives Bond his licence to kill. For if the enemy were a state actor, as was originally the Soviet Union or North Korea, one might assume the British consider themselves at war with such an enemy. In that case, some would assume Bond would have a legal right to kill enemy agents as he does.

      • 'This Wasn't Justice. This Was Cruelty': Calls to Abolish Death Penalty Follow Ernest Lee Johnson Execution

        Human rights defenders renewed calls for the abolition of capital punishment in the United States after the state of Missouri on Tuesday executed Ernest Lee Johnson, an intellectually disabled man.

        "A disabled Black man was killed by the state of Missouri tonight. We must #EndTheDeathPenalty."

      • A Massive Fail on Crime Reporting by The New York Times, NPR

        On September 27, 2021, the FBI released much-anticipated crime data on that most unusual year 2020. The statistics revealed a continued steady decline in major crimes overall—apart from one unfortunate outlier: homicides. Despite homicides being at historic lows, especially when compared to the 1980s and 1990s, the murder rate last year rose by 30 percent compared to the previous year. This rise has left journalists and analysts seeking explanations. Yet the notoriously volatile nature of short-term crime data renders such efforts futile. Ascribing a short-term fluctuation to any particular cause—even a global pandemic—is impossible.

      • Taliban Fashion and Why It Matters

        “Call me old-fashioned but the thing that stands out from the photos isn’t their fashion choices but that they are carrying MASSIVE GUNS,” the Politico railed.

        They’re not looking hard enough. If big guns defined the Taliban, I would be more worried whenever I see heavily-armed soldiers at Penn Station.

      • No Militarization of Space Act

        It is being sponsored by five members of the House of Representatives led by Representative Jared Huffman. In a statement announcing the September 22nd introduction of the measure, Huffman called the U.S. Space Force “costly and unnecessary.”

        The arms and aerospace industries, which have a central role in U.S. space military activities, will no doubt be super-active in coming weeks working to stop movement of the legislation.

      • France and the Fraying of NATO

        It’s also a good thing that Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan was poorly orchestrated with the lingering “coalition partners” such as Britain, French and Germany, producing angry criticism. It’s great that the British prime minister proposed to France a “Coalition of the Willing” to continue the fight in Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal—and better that it was dead in the water. (Maybe the French better than the Brits remember the Suez Crisis of 1956, the disastrous joint Anglo-French-Israeli effort to reimpose imperialist control over the canal. Not only did it lack U.S. participation; Eisenhower rationally shut it down after warnings from the Egyptians’ Soviet advisors.) It’s good that these three countries heeded the U.S. command to uphold their NATO promise to stand with the U.S. when attacked; that they lost over 600 troops in a fruitless effort; and that in the end the U.S. didn’t see fit to even involve them in the end plans. It’s good to wake up to the fact that the U.S. imperialists could care less about their input or their lives, but only demand their obedience and sacrifice.

        It’s wonderful that Germany, despite obnoxious U.S. opposition, has maintained its involvement in the Nordstream II natural gas pipeline project along with Russia. The last three U.S. administrations have opposed the pipeline, claiming it weakens the NATO alliance and helps Russia (and urging purchase of more expensive U.S. energy sources instead—to enhance mutual security, don’t you see). The Cold War arguments have fallen on deaf ears. The pipeline was completed last month. Good for global free trade and for national sovereignty, and a significant European blow to U.S. hegemony.

      • The Ultimate Drug War Crackdown

        But one big problem is that throughout the decades of drug warfare, there have been crackdowns — big crackdowns.€ 

        Many federal judges, for example, some of whom have considered themselves to be fierce drug warriors, have long imposed maximum jail sentences on drug-law violators.€ 

      • Report: Trump's Former Aides Plan to Defy January 6 Commission's Subpoenas
      • Opinion | Why Does Congress Fight Over Funding Childcare But Not F-35s?

        "How're you going to pay for it?" clearly applies only to "money for people," never to "money for war." Rational policy making would require exactly the opposite approach.

      • US Rolls Out New Cybersecurity Requirements for Rail, Air [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the measures Tuesday at a virtual cybersecurity conference, warning that recent incidents such as the SolarWinds [crack] and the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed that "what is at stake is not simply the way we communicate or the way we work, but the way we live."

        The new security directives target what the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration describe as "higher risk" rail companies, "critical" airport operators, and air passenger and air cargo companies.

    • Environment

      • For the US, the climate plan is more walls and armed agents at the US-Mexico border
      • Tory MP Backing Net Zero Took €£5,000 Donation From Chair of Top Race Car Manufacturer

        A Conservative MP who helps run two parliamentary climate groups has taken a €£5,000 donation from the chair of a leading racing car manufacturer.

        Sara Britcliffe has represented the constituency of Hyndburn and Haslingden in East Lancashire since 2019, one of the “Red Wall” seats won by Tory MPs in former Labour heartlands.€ 

      • New Climate Journalism Awards Honor Chroniclers of the 'Defining Story of Our Time'

        As the winners of the inaugural Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards were announced Wednesday evening, environmental campaigners hailed the new prizes for elevating journalists who chronicle one of the world's most crucial news stories—but one critics say is woefully underreported by U.S. corporate media.

        Covering Climate Now (CCNow) is a collaborative effort co-founded by Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) and The Nation and joined by hundreds of partner outlets including Common Dreams.

      • Creative Commons Announces New Board Members: Angela Oduor Lungati, Glenn Otis Brown & Jeni Tennison

        On behalf of the entire Creative Commons Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce the appointment of three new members of the Board: Glenn Otis Brown, Angela Oduor Lungati, and Jeni Tennison. Glenn is one of CC’s original architects: he was our Executive Director from 2002-2005, and then served on the Board from 2009-2012. He returns to CC with a deep sense of our history and fresh ideas for our future. Angela and Jeni are both long-time supporters of Creative Commons and leaders in the open knowledge movement, who are joining the board with a wealth of experience in technology and innovation. We are truly honored and grateful to have all three of them join us at this critical stage in the development of CC, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary and look to the future of better sharing.

      • How to Turn Off the Tap on Plastic Waste
      • Opinion | Climate Journalism Is Coming of Age

        This column is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration co-founded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Mark Hertsgaard is CCNow’s executive director and the environment correspondent of The Nation. Kyle Pope is the editor and publisher of CJR.

      • Big Oil Lobby Spending Millions to Gut Key Build Back Better Climate Provisions: Report

        As House Democrats prepare to grill representatives of Big Oil about their efforts to spread climate misinformation, a new InfluenceMap report details how fossil fuel trade groups are spending millions of dollars to mislead Americans against President Joe Biden's widely popular $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan and its robust climate provisions.

        "Big Oil talks a big game about supporting climate solutions—that is, until it might affect their banner profits and wealthy executive paydays."

      • Opinion | Steven Donziger and the Judicial Executioners of the Corporate State

        Judge Loretta Preska, an advisor to the conservative Federalist Society, to which Chevron is a major donor, sentenced human rights attorney and Chevron nemesis Steven Donziger to six months in prison Friday for misdemeanor contempt of court after he had already spent 787 days under house arrest in New York.€ 

      • White House to Restore Key Elements of Nation's 'Bedrock Environmental Law' Gutted by Trump

        "The National Environmental Policy Act is critical to ensuring that federal project managers look before they leap—and listen to experts and the public on a project's potential impacts to people and wildlife alike."

        "Assessing all cumulative impacts and alternatives for a project will mean better federal decisions, better outcomes for communities, and better results for public health."

      • US/UK Blocking UN Effort to Enshrine Clean Environment as Universal Human Right

        As environmental campaigners stress the urgency of a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution recognizing "the human right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment," reporting out Tuesday spotlights the U.S. and U.K.'s refusal to support the proposal.

        The resolution—backed by dozens of countries—is before the 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC), which is in an ongoing session this week.

      • Climate Journalism Is Coming of Age

        This column is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Mark Hertsgaard is CCNow’s executive director and the environment correspondent of The Nation. Kyle Pope is the editor and publisher of CJR.

      • Energy

        • Price Spikes Puncture Fracking’s Promise to Keep Natural Gas Prices Low

          Natural gas’s notorious price volatility has been making a comeback — in a big way.

          The UK is experiencing a natural gas price surge so severe that the government stepped in to prevent a cascade down the supply chain that threatened to create food shortages. In the U.S., deals to sell natural gas this winter carry a price tag that’s roughly double or triple the costs in recent years, with a few traders placing bets that U.S. prices could multiply again, hitting $40 per thousand cubic feet (mcf), up from about $5 now. Major bank Citi said it won’t rule out $100/mcf for cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this winter, a tab for the supercooled form of the fossil fuel that’s used to ship it between continents which dwarfs even today’s record-setting heights.

        • “Low-carbon” Misses the Point: Arguments Favoring Nuclear Power as a Climate “Solution” are Fundamentally Misframed

          The climate argument for using nuclear power assumes that since nuclear power generation directly releases no CO2, it can be an effective climate solution. It can’t, because new (or even existing) nuclear generation costs more per kWh than carbon-free competitors—efficient use and renewable power—and thus displaces less carbon per dollar (or, by separate€ analysis, per year): less not by a small margin but by about an order of magnitude (factor of roughly ten). As I noted in an unpublished 17 Aug letter to The New York Times:

          Thus nuclear power not only€ isn’t a silver bullet, but, by using it, we shoot ourselves in the foot, thereby shrinking and slowing climate protection compared with choosing the fastest, cheapest tools. It is essential to look at nuclear power’s climate performance compared to its or its competitors’ cost and speed. That comparison is at the core of answering the question about whether to include nuclear power in climate mitigation.

        • Ticking Time Bombs: California Oil Spill Spurs New Calls to Ban Offshore Oil Drilling

          California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency after a devastating oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach sent up to 144,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean. Investigators say a split in an underwater pipeline, likely damaged by a ship anchor, is the source of the oil spill. The pipeline owner, Texas-based Amplify Energy, didn’t report the leak until 12 hours after the Coast Guard was first notified, and beaches in the area are expected to be closed for months as crews race to minimize the environmental damage. “California’s offshore oil platforms are a ticking time bomb,” says Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s time to shut them down.”

        • Solar energy is a new cash crop for farmers – when the price is right

          His experience parallels a rising number of U.S. farmers who are growing solar energy alongside crops or livestock. It’s an idea with big promise at a time of rising focus on climate change and the need to transition away from fossil fuels.

        • 'Another Day, Another Catastrophic Oil Spill': Leak in Texas Fuels Calls to 'Keep It in the Ground'

          A crude oil spill at a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Texas City outside of Houston on Wednesday—just the latest in a series of recent leaks—sparked fresh calls for rapidly phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy.

          "The crazy thing is to expect that this won't keep on happening every damn day until we just keep the oil in the ground."

        • Only Two in 200 ‘Green Zone’ Events at COP26 Mention Fossil Fuels

          The UK organisers of the upcoming COP26 climate summit have come under fire for approving just two events that refer to fossil fuels, the primary driver of climate change, in a programme of public events happening alongside the main conference.

          The government-managed “Green Zone”, set to take place in the Glasgow Science Centre, will feature talks, films and performances, separate from the “Blue Zone” that will host the official United Nations negotiations.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Biden Administration Defends Wildlife Services’ Killing of Eight Wolf Pups in Idaho

          The Biden administration has defended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services’ actions in Idaho after the agency preemptively killed eight wolf pups from Idaho’s Timberline pack in response to complaints from a rancher grazing livestock on public lands.

          “Killing these wolf pups was inhumane, unscientific, and indefensible,” said Joe Bushyhead with WildEarth Guardians. “Wolves face enough persecution in Idaho already at the hands of the state. The Biden administration should not be using federal resources to make a bad situation even worse.”

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

      • Republicans Lie That It’s Democrats’ — Not Trump’s — Debts That Need to Be Paid
      • McConnell Says He'll Allow Vote on Raising Debt Ceiling Through December
      • Bernie Sanders Says Key Obstacle to Passing Reconciliation Is Corporate Media
      • The Democrats’ One Chance to Cut Child Poverty in Half

        Here’s how it works. Parents of children aged 6 and younger across the country are receiving direct payments of up to $300 per month per child, or $3,600 per year per child. The payments drop to $250 a month for children between the ages of 6 and 17, and phase out for families with higher incomes.It’s an historic expansion of the original credit that’s already helping millions of working families.The direct payments are coming because the Child Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit. Normal, non-refundable tax credits simply cut your taxes. But a refundable tax credit, like the Child Tax Credit, helps you even if you don’t earn enough for it to reduce your taxes — so it’s a direct payment to you.Say you owe $3,000 in taxes. A non-refundable tax credit of $3,600 won’t be worth $3,600 to you. It would just reduce your taxes to zero. So you wouldn’t get the full benefit. And if you don’t owe any taxes to begin with, a non-refundable tax credit wouldn’t do you any good at all since you can’t reduce your taxes to less than zero dollars. But a refundable tax credit would help you. You’d get the money no matter what, the full $3,600. That’s why this expansion is such a big deal: it ensures that the money gets to lower-income families.The early results show that this policy is a game-changer. Over 3 million more households with children now report having enough to eat € after just the first two payments. More report being able to make rent, stay in their homes, and afford basic necessities. And 3 million children have been lifted out of poverty. It’s reduced racial disparities, as well. Hunger has fallen by one-third among Latinx families and by one-quarter among Black families.It bears repeating that if the credit is made permanent, and reaches everyone it should, it could cut child poverty in half.Yet the Republican Party — the so-called “party of family values” — is dead set against it.€ That’s because the program works.Every single Republican in Congress voted against the American Rescue Plan, which contained the initial expansion of the Child Tax Credit. You can bet they’re all going to vote against making that expansion permanent as part of the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan. It’s obvious: they do not care about helping working families. Democrats must get this done, no matter how staunch the Republican opposition. In the richest country in the world, it is inexcusable that millions of our children are living in poverty. For decades, almost all economic gains have gone to the top, leaving working families behind. This historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit is a crucial step towards righting this wrong. Poverty is a policy choice. Congress must make the Child Tax Credit permanent.

      • Elizabeth Warren Probes “Corrupt” Link Between Tax System and Private Sector
      • Biden Gives Democrats Green Light to Weaken the Filibuster for Debt Ceiling Vote
      • Recent White House Study on Taxes Shows the Wealthy Pay a Lower Rate Than Everybody Else

        A decade ago, in an essay for The New York Times, Warren Buffett disclosed that he had paid nearly $7 million in federal taxes in 2010. “That sounds like a lot of money,” he wrote. “But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.”

        The words “taxable income” are doing a lot of work in that sentence.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Mounting Confusion of President Biden’s National Security Policy

        Not even Eisenhower had the experience that Biden accumulated over nearly 50 years in government that included 20 years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (12 of those years as chairman or ranking member) in addition to eight years in the White House as vice president.€  During the campaign of 2019-2020, Biden frequently cited his trips to more than 60 countries and his one-on-ones with more than 100 national heads of state.€  Biden privately boasted about his ability to dominate the national security bureaucracy, stressing that not even the “military will fuck with me.”

        Now, we are nine months into his administration, and there is no comprehensive picture of Biden’s priorities in foreign policy, let alone a Biden doctrine or strategy.€  Biden has proclaimed an end to “forever wars,” but U.S. forces remain active in Iraq and Syria, where there are more than 3,000 U.S. combat forces.€  Elsewhere, the United States is conducting shadowy operations and drone strikes in such places as Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.€  So there is no reason to believe that U.S. forever wars will actually end.

      • Forbes Reveals Why the US Government Is Trying to Extradite Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab

        The US would far prefer to just quietly extradite Saab to Miami, use whatever means necessary to extract sensitive information from him, and then warehouse him in the world’s largest prison system. Forbes uses the euphemism “under pressure” by US prison authorities as the means to force Saab to “shed light on Venezuela’s post-sanction economic network.” Saab already reports that his surrogate captors in Cabo Verde, described below, have unsuccessfully employed torture to try to break his will and induce him to betray Venezuela.

        That an elite business magazine such as Forbes is featuring a diplomat from a country aspiring to become socialist is a testament to the growing international movement to free the imprisoned Alex Saab and an indication of the weakness of the US case against him.

      • Media Praise ‘Mavericks’ for Blocking Aid to American People

        President Joe Biden’s agenda, once seemingly on life support after a small coterie of right-wing Democrats announced they’d oppose pairing a social spending bill with infrastructure legislation, has a new lease on life—thanks to progressive Democrats who held the line.

      • Globalization Meets Entropy...and We Lose

        Entropy, which is the Third Law of Thermodynamics, is€ defined as€ “a scientific concept, as well as a measurable physical property that is most commonly associated with a state of disorder, randomness, or uncertainty.” In more understandable terms, it basically says the universe and all its systems move toward chaos, not organization. Additionally, the more complex a system, the more energy it takes to maintain order and the more likely it is to break down.

        This is an easy concept to understand in our current societal systems€ — they are extremely complex, take enormous amounts of energy to maintain, and thanks to their complexity are increasingly likely to break down. A simple example would be our transportation systems€ — it’s easy to walk down a path. When you convert the path into a multi-lane highway and fill it with thousands of vehicles, maintaining “order,” as in preventing accidents, gets a lot harder and much, much more expensive.

      • Opinion | Senate Must Pass Voting Rights Reform So States Can Protect Democracy
      • AT&T Set Up And Paid For OAN Propaganda Network; Yet Everyone Wants To Scream About Facebook

        We've noted for a while there's a weird myopia occurring in internet policy. As in, "big tech" (namely Facebook, Google, and Amazon) get a relentless amount of Congressional and policy wonk attention for their various, and sometimes painfully idiotic behaviors. At the same time, just an adorable smattering of serious policy attention is being given to a wide array of equally problematic but clearly monopolized industries (banking, airlines, insurance, energy), or internet-connected sectors that engage in many of the same (or sometimes worse) behaviors, be they adtech or U.S. telecom.

      • Sanders Pushes Back After Manchin Says He Doesn't Want to Create 'An Entitlement Society'

        Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders responded forcefully on Wednesday to remarks from Sen. Joe Manchin, one of just two senators holding up the Build Back Better budget reconciliation package containing key parts of President Joe Biden's agenda.

        "Does Sen. Manchin really believe that seniors are not entitled to digest their food and that they're not entitled to hear and see properly?"

      • Biden Gives Democrats a Green Light to Weaken the Filibuster for Debt Ceiling Votes

        After previously opposing such a move, President Joe Biden on Tuesday said it is a "real possibility" that Democrats will change Senate rules to exempt debt ceiling votes from the 60-vote legislative filibuster—a reversal that comes as the U.S. is careening toward a default on its financial obligations.

        "Senate Republicans are playing a dangerous game with the debt ceiling. It could destroy our credit, jobs, and family savings."

      • Did the Constitution Pave the Way to Emancipation?

        Now, with his newest book, The Crooked Path to Abolition, Oakes brings his trilogy to a close. If Freedom National focused on the actions Republicans took to end slavery and Scorpion’s Sting explained how they expected those actions would accomplish their goal, The Crooked Path explores the legal and political justification behind the antislavery program—namely, that the Constitution was in fact an antislavery document, contrary to the claims of both slavery’s defenders and the noisiest faction of its radical critics. Even if it deprived the federal government of any power to abolish slavery within the Southern states, the Constitution provided a number of powerful tools for limiting slavery’s spread. While some of this argument is familiar from the earlier books, in The Crooked Path we get a more detailed and focused emphasis on the Constitution itself.

      • European Parliament Votes For Ban On Biometric Mass Surveillance

        Members of the European Parliament have adopted a report on the use of Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Law. The file includes a paragraph that speaks out in favour of a ban on any processing of biometric data, including facial images, for law enforcement purposes that would lead to mass surveillance in publicly accessible spaces. With error rates of up to 99%, ineffective facial surveillance technology has nothing to do with targeted searches. The report also calls for a ban on AI-based predictive policing.

      • Creative Commons’ Response to Wikimedia Foundation’s WIPO Observer Application Being Blocked

        Yesterday, we were disappointed to learn that the Wikimedia Foundation’s application for observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was blocked due to opposition by China for the second time after its initial application in 2020.

      • Facebook whistleblower to meet with Jan. 6 committee: report

        The House select committee could hear from Haugen as early as Thursday, according to the network. The lawmakers on the committee are tasked with investigating the events surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which supporters of former President Trump stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.

        CNN reported that the committee wants to know from Haugen how the platform was used to organize and encourage the violent protest.

      • Facebook whistleblower to talk to January 6 committee

        The select committee is also interested in hearing from Haugen, CNN has learned, as she could provide insight into how Facebook was used to ultimately facilitate violence that occurred at the US Capitol on January 6.

      • Bill requiring companies report cyber incidents moves forward in the Senate [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The bill would require owners and operators of critical infrastructure groups to report cyber incidents to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within 72 hours. It would also require critical infrastructure groups, nonprofits and most medium to large businesses to report making ransomware attack payments within 24 hours.

      • TSA to issue regulations to secure rail, aviation groups against cyber threats [iophk: Windows TCO]

        According to Mayorkas, the directive will require these groups to “identify a cybersecurity point person” charged with reporting cybersecurity incidents to the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with establishing “contingency and recovery plans” in the case of cyberattacks.

      • U.S. to tell critical rail, air companies to report [breaches], name cyber chiefs [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The upcoming changes will make it mandatory for “higher-risk” rail transit companies and “critical” U.S. airport and aircraft operators to do three things: name a chief cyber official, disclose [breaches] to the government and draft recovery plans for if an attack were to occur.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Chinese ‘Disinformation’ and US Propaganda

        In Western media’s latest anti-China crusade, unsubstantiated allegations of a Chinese disinformation campaign—which the reports themselves admit have had little engagement on social media, and nonexistent impact offline—supposedly represent a very serious threat to the US.

      • Reining in doctors promoting COVID-19 misinformation

        A little over a month ago,€ I wrote about€ how the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) had recently€ issued a statement€ asserting that physicians who spread COVID-19 misinformation should be subject to disciplinary measures by their state medical boards up to and including revocation of their medical licenses. Given that there have been some developments on that front since then, I thought that now would be a good time for an update and a bit more discussion on the general issue of what should be done about physicians who promote misinformation not just about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines, but medical misinformation, antivaccine conspiracy theories, and pseudoscience in general. At the time of my original post, I expressed major skepticism that the FSMB’s statement would result in any action. The situation is perhaps not as bad as I had predicted then, but it’s also not so great, either.

      • City Loses Case for Streaming Revenues, 1/3 Get News from Facebook, Open Broadband Project

        A recent study from The Pew Research Center, published late last month, found that 31 percent of Americans routinely receive their news from Facebook.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Content Moderation Case Study: Twitter's Self-Deleting Tweets Feature Creates New Moderation Problems

        Summary:€ In its 15 years as a micro-blogging service, Twitter has given users more characters per tweet, reaction GIFs, multiple UI options, and the occasional random resorting of their timelines.

      • Resident Evil 4 VR Dialogue Reportedly Censored by Facebook

        Multiple sources have now reported that Resident Evil 4's dialogue has been altered according to the requests of Facebook, the producer of Oculus Quest headsets. According to the claims, Capcom agreed to the requests, and developer of the VR version, Armature Studios, made them accordingly. While the gratuitous violence and gore Resident Evil is known for is apparently untouched, several sexually-charged or flirtatious comments have been cut.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Russian Journalist Anna Politkovskaya Was Killed 15 Years Ago

        On October 7, 2006, Anna Politkovskaya, a reporter for Novaya Gazeta, was gunned down in the entry of her building in Moscow. She belonged to a generation that started out on its journalistic path as perestroika began, a group that actively built the new journalism. During the first war in Chechnyam, she reported deeply on the suffering and fate of ordinary people, soldiers and their mothers, Chechen women, children, and old people. She showed the human dimension of war, a quality that some, to this day, wrongly consider a distinction of women’s reporting from hot or war spots. Moreover, she sometimes participated in helping the people she wrote about—she helped residents of a nursing home evacuate from Chechnya.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Abolition, Cultural Freedom, Liberation
      • Nine Decades of Secular Humanism

        Humanism means helping people, and secular means doing it without supernatural religion. The movement soared three centuries ago in The Enlightenment, when bold thinkers sought to end the divine right of kings, end church abuses, create democracy, launch human rights, halt the privileges of aristocrats, and bring other reforms such as personal equality, free speech and a social safety net.

        Thomas Hobbes envisioned a “social contract” in which people granted power to government to gain protection. John Locke sought separation of church and state. Baron Montesquieu outlined a democracy with judicial, executive and legislative branches. Voltaire sneered at Christianity as “the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that ever infected the world.” Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated by Jews for doubting a personal god. Francis Bacon developed the scientific method of seeking facts. David Hume said scientific inquiry makes miracles implausible.

      • Baby Talk Fascists: Reflections on a Summer Encounter

        It was very instructive regarding a topic I had not previously understood with sufficient clarity: the significant extent to which current American anti-abortion sentiment and activists are linked to a broader right-wing neofascist world view and movement.

        I was approached by numerous OR proselytizers across the street from the besieged clinic. Beyond expressing their standard horror at the “murder of babies,” OR activists informed me that...

      • “Becoming Abolitionists”: Derecka Purnell on Why Police Reform Is Not Enough to Protect Black Lives

        Derecka Purnell draws from her experience as a human rights lawyer in her new book, published this month, “Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom,” to argue that police reform is an inadequate compromise to calls for abolition. Since the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville in 2020, many states have passed laws aimed at reforming police, but congressional talks at the federal level have broken down. Purnell reflects upon her personal journey as a Black woman who believed in police reform before pivoting to abolition, saying, “I became a part of social movements who pushed me to think more critically … about building a world without violence and how to reduce our reliance on police.”

      • Police Reform Is Not Enough to Protect Black Lives
      • Peace Officers: a New Division of Salem Police Department

        The proposed Goals and Objectives of the SPD include the list below for Safety.

      • Stephen Breyer Is Getting Paid to Play Hamlet

        Nearly half of the Supreme Court spent the summer and early fall on a national gaslighting tour. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, and Stephen Breyer all gave high-profile speeches or interviews during which they extolled the nonpartisan nature of the court. They further used their bully pulpits to attack the media and accuse it of misleading the public about the court’s stark political divide.

      • Closing Rikers Island Is a Matter of Life and Death

        Isaabdul Karim wasn’t sentenced to death. In fact, he was never sentenced at all. But after the father of two was accused of a nonviolent parole violation and sent to Rikers Island, on September 19, he€ became the 11th person this year to die in a New York city jail.

      • 'Kellogg's On Strrr-ike': 1,400 Workers Walk Off Job to Protect Benefits

        Roughly 1,400 workers who make Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies walked off the job on Tuesday to demand a fair contract, bringing all of the Kellogg Company's U.S. cereal factories to a halt in one of the nation's latest strikes.

        Anthony Shelton, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), on Tuesday expressed the union's "unwavering solidarity with our courageous brothers and sisters who are on strike against the Kellogg Company" in four cities: Local 3G in Battle Creek, Michigan, where the company is headquartered; Local 50G in Omaha, Nebraska; Local 374G in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Local 252G in Memphis, Tennessee.

      • Trump Is Gone, But the US Is Still Putting Migrants Through Hell
      • Opinion | Protecting Workers Will Help Protect Democracy
      • Body cam footage shows Minneapolis police celebrating hitting protesters with rubber bullets

        A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department told KSTP that they are unable to comment on the footage due to an ongoing internal investigation.

      • Body cam footage shows Minneapolis police allegedly 'hunting' anti-police brutality protesters
      • Exclusive: Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Searched A Sexual Assault Victim’s Name, Address And Telephone Number

        It’s a rare example of a so-called keyword warrant and, with the number of search terms included, the broadest on record. (See the update below for other, potentially even broader warrants.) Before this latest case, only two keyword warrants had been made public. One revealed in 2020 asked for anyone who had searched for the address of an arson victim who was a witness in the government’s racketeering case against singer R Kelly. Another, detailed in 2017, revealed that a Minnesota judge signed off on a warrant asking Google to provide information on anyone who searched a fraud victim’s name from within the city of Edina, where the crime took place.

      • Sarah Everard vigil: Police officers contacted arrested woman on Tinder

        Ms Stevenson said she had also become the focus of internet conspiracies since her arrest and "can't count the amount of death threats I've had".

        She said people had claimed she was a "crisis actor" paid to attend the vigil and get arrested to legitimise attacks on the police.

        She added that many of the threats had been about kidnapping her.

      • Fifty officers contacted me on dating app, says woman arrested at Sarah Everard vigil

        “I do not understand why someone would do that. It is almost like an intimidation thing, saying ‘look we can see you’, and that..."

      • The French Catholic church acknowledges a staggering pattern of sexual abuse

        The sheer number was overwhelming: between 1950 and 2020 at least 216,000 children were sexually abused in France by Catholic clergy. Thus, on October 5th, concluded a two-year, independent inquiry commissioned by the church. Jean-Marc Sauvé, the president of the commission that conducted the investigation, said it uncovered “the lead weight of silence smothering the crimes” committed by 2,900-3,200 clergy. If lay members were also included, the number of abused could reach 330,000.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Does An Internet Infrastructure Taxonomy Help Or Hurt?

        We've been running our Greenhouse discussion on content moderation at the infrastructure level for a bit now, and normally all of the posts for these discussions come from expert guest commentators. However, I'm going to add my voice to the collection here because there's one topic that I haven't seen covered, and which is important, because it comes up whenever I'm talking to people about content moderation at the infrastructure level: do we need a new taxonomy for internet infrastructure to better have this discussion?

      • FCC Finally Gets Off Its Ass To Combat SIM Hijacking

        So for years we've talked about the growing threat of SIM hijacking, which involves an attacker covertly porting out your phone number from right underneath your nose (sometimes with the help of bribed or conned wireless carrier employees). Once they have your phone identity, they have access to most of your personal accounts secured by two-factor SMS authentication, opening the door to the theft of social media accounts or the draining of your cryptocurrency account. If you're really unlucky, the hackers will harrass the hell out of you in a bid to extort you even further.

      • If Your Takeaway From Facebook's Whistleblower Is That Section 230 Needs Reform, You Just Got Played By Facebook

        Here we go again. Yesterday, the Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee. Frankly, she came across as pretty credible and thoughtful, even if I completely disagree with some of her suggestions. I think she's correct about some of the problems she witnessed, and the misalignment of incentives facing Facebook's senior management. However, her understanding of the possible approaches to deal with it is, unfortunately, a mixed bag.

    • Monopolies

      • EU to file anti-trust against Apple over NFC chip: claim

        The European Union is set to file an anti-trust suit against Apple over the NFC chip technology it uses for tap-and-go payments, a report claims.

      • EXCLUSIVE Apple to face EU antitrust charge over NFC chip - sources

        Preliminary concerns were Apple's NFC chip which enables tap-and-go payments on iPhones, its terms and conditions on how mobile payment service Apple Pay should be used in merchants' apps and websites, and the company's refusal to allow rivals access to the payment system.

        The European Commission has since narrowed its focus to just the NFC chip, which can only be accessed by Apple Pay, one of the sources said.

      • Facebook Whistleblower to Congress: Regulate Big Tech. Silicon Valley Can’t Be Trusted to Police Itself

        Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to Congress Tuesday, denouncing the company for prioritizing “astronomical profits” over the safety of billions of users, and urging lawmakers to enact strict oversight over Facebook. Haugen’s testimony gave a rare glimpse into the secretive tech company, which she accused of harming children, sowing division by boosting hateful content, and undermining democracy. “Facebook wants you to believe that the problems we’re talking about are unsolvable. They want you to believe in false choices,” Haugen said at the hearing. Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, says a U.S. business culture “where CEOs are told to prioritize shareholder value at all cost” is partly to blame for Facebook’s design. “We have abdicated too much power to corporations. We have essentially said we’re not going to regulate them.” We also speak with tech reform activist Jessica González, who says Haugen’s testimony has exposed how little Facebook regulates its platform outside the English-speaking world. “Facebook has not adequately invested to keep people safe across languages,” says González. “There is a very racist element to the lack of investment.”

      • Copyrights

        • ACE Anti-Piracy Coalition Takes Control of Dozens of Pirate IPTV Domains

          The powerful global anti-piracy coalition Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has taken over yet more pirate IPTV-related domains. The latest wave includes more than three dozen new additions to a rapidly growing list. All indications suggest that ACE gave the suppliers an ultimatum - shut down and hand over your domains or face more vigorous legal action.

        • RIAA Secures 'Victory' Against YouTube Rippers and Seeks $82 Million in Damages

          The RIAA has secured an important victory in its piracy lawsuit against YouTube-rippers and and their Russian operator. A Virginia federal court has issued a default judgment in favor of several prominent music companies. The RIAA also requests over $82 million in damages, which has yet to be signed off in court.

        • Introducing

          Against this backdrop, a new sales model known as “Inclusive Access” has taken off. Also known as automatic textbook billing, this model adds the cost of digital course content into students’ tuition and fees. Hardly known five years ago, one in three college students reported participating in at least one Inclusive Access course during the 2020-21 academic year.

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