Senate votes to repeal a key FCC privacy ruling that protected people’s online search and browsing data from being sold and shared by their internet service providers. Meanwhile, major companies halt spending on Google advertising fearing that their brands would appear alongside hateful YouTube videos. And in a Nevada federal court, an FBI official recounts how agents pretended to be documentary filmmakers as they infiltrated a militia group during a standoff.
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The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering Internet privacy
Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers’ online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers’ usage information for advertising purposes.

Google Ad Crisis Spreads as Biggest Marketers Halt Spending
Google’s advertising crisis went global after some of the biggest marketers halted spending on YouTube and the internet company’s display network, citing concern their ads would run alongside offensive videos.

FBI Agents Posed As Filmmakers To Interview Armed Militia In A Dramatic Standoff
FBI agents posed as documentary filmmakers to talk to militia members during an armed standoff in the Nevada desert, then used the recorded interviews against two men now on trial in federal court.

C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows
The C.I.A. developed tools to spy on Mac computers by injecting software into the chips that control the computers’ fundamental operations, according to the latest cache of classified government documents published on Thursday by WikiLeaks.

Racist Vandalism In Oregon Is Pulling Residents Into A Free Speech Fight
Oregon was founded as a white haven, and its constitution banned black residents until 1926. A century later, swastikas and other racist vandalism are on the rise statewide, but police are struggling with a surprisingly complicated question: What makes a hate crime?


Belarus arrests dozens in crackdown, claims weapons found
Authorities in Belarus arrested people who were preparing “mass unrest” after discovering a weapons cache in a separate raid, according to state television. But activists in the ex-Soviet state dispute the official account.

Another Mexican journalist has been killed — the third one this month
Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach became a victim of the growing violence in Mexico that she chronicled so thoroughly. Breach was killed as she left her home in the capital city of Chihuahua — the third journalist slain in Mexico this month.

Canadian House of Commons passes anti-Islamophobia motion
The motion passed after months of bitter debate and a series of protests and counter-protests across Canada over whether the private member’s motion would limit free speech or single out Islam for special treatment in Canadian law.

Behind India’s Struggle Against Erosion of Free Speech is a Fight Over the Rule of Law
The real fight over freedom of expression in India is about preserving the sanctity of our law enforcement and judicial institutions to protect freedoms of any kind, when the brute force of state power threatens to make a mockery of it.

This is what it’s like to be the token American journalist on Russian state TV
I’m featured as one of the foreigners on Russia’s “60 Minut”, an hour-long political talk show aired on a state-owned television network. I wanted to understand how shows like this work, and to do that, I really had to be part of them.

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