The U.S. Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against ISIS in Raqqa, and Syrian Civilians Are Paying the Price

Thanks to camera phones and social media, the deadly consequences of U.S. military operations are indeed being recorded, shared, and watched around the world on an unprecedented scale. But while civilian deaths are regularly reported in local media outlets in the Middle East, they are seldom reported in detail by international media.

Fuente: The U.S. Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against ISIS in Raqqa, and Syrian Civilians Are Paying the Price


Chelsea Manning released from military prison | US news | The Guardian

Chelsea Manning, the army private who released a vast trove of US state secrets and was punished by the US military for months in penal conditions denounced by the UN as torture, has been released from a military prison in Kansas after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Fuente: Chelsea Manning released from military prison | US news | The Guardian


The stench of the Iraq war lingers behind today’s preoccupation with fake news | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

If world leaders can deceive voters about the greatest foreign policy debacle in a generation, why should a president today worry about casually lying about the crowds at his inauguration?

Fuente: The stench of the Iraq war lingers behind today’s preoccupation with fake news | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian


Todas las cosas buenas eventualmente terminan | Manzana Mecánica

Todo llega a su fin. Algunas cosas antes de lo esperado, algunas otras más tarde. A veces el fin de las cosas llega de una forma invisible, cuando deja de ocupar espacio en nuestras mentes, en nuestro tiempo, porque nuestras vidas se han movido vertiginosamente en direcciones que hasta hace poco, no habríamos si quiera imaginado. Es este, en mi opinión, el caso de Manzana Mecánica.

Fuente: Todas las cosas buenas eventualmente terminan | Manzana Mecánica


With the power of online transparency, together we can beat fake news | Jimmy Wales | Opinion | The Guardian

The rise of the internet may have created our current predicament, but the people who populate the internet can help us get out of it. Next time you go back and forth with someone over a controversial issue online, stick to facts with good sources, and engage in open dialogue. Most importantly, be nice. You may end up being a small part of the process whereby information chaos becomes knowledge.

Fuente: With the power of online transparency, together we can beat fake news | Jimmy Wales | Opinion | The Guardian


Julian Assange: ‘Chelsea Manning clemency was bid to make life hard for me’ | Media | The Guardian

WikiLeaks founder qualifies his pledge to accept extradition to the US in interview with Australian current affairs programme The Project

Fuente: Julian Assange: ‘Chelsea Manning clemency was bid to make life hard for me’ | Media | The Guardian


Julian Assange confirms he is willing to travel to US after Manning decision | Media | The Guardian

WikiLeaks tweeted last week that Assange would agree to US extradition if Obama granted Manning clemency. Asked during a web broadcast on Thursday if he would now leave the embassy, Assange said: “I stand by everything I said, including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning’s sentence was commuted.”

Fuente: Julian Assange confirms he is willing to travel to US after Manning decision | Media | The Guardian


Chelsea Manning did the right thing. Finally, Barack Obama has too | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

At the time of her revelations, she was the most important whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg. Upon hearing the news today, Ellsberg said this: “Once in a while, someone does what they ought to do. Some go to prison for it, for seven years; some accept exile for life. But sometimes even a president does it. And today, it was Obama.”

Fuente: Chelsea Manning did the right thing. Finally, Barack Obama has too | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian


Julian Assange ready for US extradition, one of his lawyers suggests | Media | The Guardian

A lawyer for Julian Assange has indicated that the WikiLeaks founder is ready to face extradition to the US after Barack Obama commuted the sentence of US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Fuente: Julian Assange ready for US extradition, one of his lawyers suggests | Media | The Guardian


Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama | US news | The Guardian

The White House insisted on Tuesday that Assange’s offer to submit to extradition if Obama “grants Manning clemency” did not influence the president’s action.

Fuente: Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama | US news | The Guardian


Obama libera a exsoldado que actuó como fuente en caso WikiLeaks

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, conmutó la pena de prisión a quien fuera fuente de Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning.Según la información de la Casa Blanca, la exsoldado será liberada el próximo 17 de mayo, aunque se encontraba condenada a una pena de cárcel de 35 años.

Fuente: Obama libera a exsoldado que actuó como fuente en caso WikiLeaks


Watch How Casually False Claims are Published: New York Times and Nicholas Lemann Edition

Like most people, I’ve long known that factual falsehoods are routinely published in major media outlets. But as I’ve pointed out before, nothing makes you internalize just how often it really happens, how completely their editorial standards so often fail, like being personally involved in a story that receives substantial media coverage. I cannot count how many times I’ve read or heard claims from major media outlets about the Snowden story that I knew, from first-hand knowledge, were a total fabrication.We have a perfect example of how this happens from the New York Times today, in a book review by Nicholas Lemann, the Pulitzer-Moore professor of journalism at Columbia University as well as a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker.

Fuente: Watch How Casually False Claims are Published: New York Times and Nicholas Lemann Edition


WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived

The most ironic aspect of all this is that it is mainstream journalists — the very people who have become obsessed with the crusade against Fake News — who play the key role in enabling and fueling this dissemination of false stories. They do so not only by uncritically spreading them, but also by taking little or no steps to notify the public of their falsity.

Fuente: WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived


Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid

Those interested in a sober and rational discussion of the Russia hacking issue should read the following:(1) Three posts by cybersecurity expert Jeffrey Carr: first, on the difficulty of proving attribution for any hacks; second, on the irrational claims on which the “Russia hacked the DNC” case is predicated; and third, on the woefully inadequate, evidence-free report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI this week to justify sanctions against Russia.(2) Yesterday’s Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi, who lived and worked for more than a decade in Russia, titled: “Something About This Russia Story Stinks.”(3) An Atlantic article by David A. Graham on the politics and strategies of the sanctions imposed this week on Russia by Obama; I disagree with several of his claims, but the article is a rarity: a calm, sober, rational assessment of this debate.

Fuente: Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid


A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs

The phrase “Fake News” has exploded in usage since the election, but the term is similar to other malleable political labels such as “terrorism” and “hate speech”; because the phrase lacks any clear definition, it is essentially useless except as an instrument of propaganda and censorship. The most important fact to realize about this new term: Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Fuente: A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs


WikiLeaks: Diez años por la transparencia informativa | Resumen

WikiLeaks, definida por su fundador, Julian Assange como “una gran biblioteca de la rebelión”, lleva diez años publicando más información secreta que todos los demás medios de prensa combinados. Las revelaciones informaron al público sobre tratados secretos, vigilancia masiva, ataques contra civiles, torturas y asesinatos cometido por los gobiernos de EE.UU. y otros países.

Fuente: WikiLeaks: Diez años por la transparencia informativa | Resumen


A moment of truth for Mark Zuckerberg | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The study found that over the last three months of the election campaign, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyper-partisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook, whereas the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news websites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions and comments. In other words, if you run a social networking site, fake news is good for business, even if it’s bad for democracy.

Fuente: A moment of truth for Mark Zuckerberg | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


La corrupción y la caída final de los Clinton – El Mostrador

Y pese a que la prensa mayoritaria lo negaba en forma maniaca, los correos filtrados por Wikileaks eran viralizados por las redes sociales, dando cuenta de una serie de situaciones como las siguientes: cerca de la mitad de las personas que lograron tener acceso a Hillary Clinton mientras era Secretaria de Estado, habían hecho, en los días previos, importantes donaciones a la Fundación Clinton (pay to play); su jefe de campaña era al mismo tiempo lobbista de los gobiernos de Arabia Saudita y Qatar (acusados de ser financistas de ISIS), para los cuales consiguió millonarias ventas de armas (durante el periodo en que Clinton fue Secretaria de Estado las exportaciones de armas duplicaron a las realizadas en tiempos de Bush).

Fuente: La corrupción y la caída final de los Clinton – El Mostrador


In the Trump Era, Leaking and Whistleblowing Are More Urgent, and More Noble, Than Ever

One of the very few remaining avenues for learning what the U.S. government is doing — beyond the propaganda that it wants Americans to ingest and thus deliberately disseminates through media outlets — is leaking and whistleblowing. Among the leading U.S. heroes in the war on terror have been the men and women inside various agencies of the U.S. government who discovered serious wrongdoing being carried out in secret, and then risked their own personal welfare to ensure that the public learned of what never should have been hidden in the first place.

Fuente: In the Trump Era, Leaking and Whistleblowing Are More Urgent, and More Noble, Than Ever


From Weiner to Making A Murderer: this is the golden age of documentaries | Film | The Guardian

Documentary films have are more diverse, experimental and popular than ever before. Here we consider why, and survey the genre’s game-changers

Fuente: From Weiner to Making A Murderer: this is the golden age of documentaries | Film | The Guardian


Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance Is in the West, Vindicating Snowden

While most eyes are focused on the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, three major events prove how widespread, and dangerous, mass surveillance has become in the West. Standing alone, each event highlights exactly the severe threats that motivated Edward Snowden to blow his whistle; taken together, they constitute full-scale vindication of everything he’s done.

Fuente: Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance Is in the West, Vindicating Snowden


In the Democratic Echo Chamber, Inconvenient Truths Are Recast as Putin Plots

To see how extreme and damaging this behavior has become, let’s just quickly examine two utterly false claims that Democrats over the past four days — led by party-loyal journalists — have disseminated and induced thousands of people, if not more, to believe.

Fuente: In the Democratic Echo Chamber, Inconvenient Truths Are Recast as Putin Plots


It might be trending, but that doesn’t make it true | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

As the fallout from the first US presidential debate showed, taking social media at face value is foolhardy

Fuente: It might be trending, but that doesn’t make it true | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we’ve ever known | Technology | The Guardian

Google and Facebook have conveyed nearly all of us to this page, and just about every other idea or expression we’ll encounter today. Yet we don’t know how to talk about these companies, nor digest their sheer power.

Fuente: Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we’ve ever known | Technology | The Guardian


New Film Tells the Story of Edward Snowden; Here Are the Surveillance Programs He Helped Expose

Oliver Stone’s latest film, “Snowden,” bills itself as a dramatized version of the life of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the global extent of U.S. surveillance capabilities.

Fuente: New Film Tells the Story of Edward Snowden; Here Are the Surveillance Programs He Helped Expose


Facebook al desnudo: la nueva moralina del arte se apodera de Internet – El Mostrador

El ejemplo de Tunick resulta muy ilustrativo. Si la intervención hubiera sido esta semana, la consecuencia serían miles de cuentas bloqueadas y una perjudicial autocensura en los medios que comparten sus contenidos en las redes. Pero, más allá de la ficción, sin ir más lejos, hace pocas semanas la Revista Nos, de Concepción, sufrió una insólita censura cuando Facebook bajó uno de sus videos promocionales –con el cual buscaban conmemorar sus 21 años de existencia–, tras considerarlo “contenido para adultos”.

Fuente: Facebook al desnudo: la nueva moralina del arte se apodera de Internet – El Mostrador


Edward Snowden’s New Research Aims to Keep Smartphones From Betraying Their Owners

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been working with prominent hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang to solve this problem. The pair are developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions. They argue that a smartphone’s user interface can’t be relied on to tell you the truth about that state of its radios. Their initial prototyping work uses an iPhone 6.

Fuente: Edward Snowden’s New Research Aims to Keep Smartphones From Betraying Their Owners


Nueva realidad que traen Facebook Live y Periscope | ELESPECTADOR.COM

Las herramientas de video en vivo de estas redes sociales traen ventajas para la diversificación de discursos, pero también presentan retos para las plataformas y para la sociedad en general.

Fuente: Nueva realidad que traen Facebook Live y Periscope | ELESPECTADOR.COM


“El Watergate es una ilusión diseñada por Hollywood”

“La gestión de los Papeles de Panamá es un ataque a nuestro modelo”, asegura el fundador de Wikileaks, muy crítico con el Consorcio Internacional de Periodistas de Investigación que ha publicado esta última gran filtración”Los medios establecidos tienen que limitarse constantemente bajo los poderes del establishment, los poderes del Estado al que pertenecen”, dice Assange en esta entrevista con eldiario.es en la Embajada de Ecuador en Londres

Fuente: “El Watergate es una ilusión diseñada por Hollywood”


Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions

The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that — for once — their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline.

Fuente: Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions


La batalla prácticamente perdida contra el bloqueo de avisos en el teléfono – El Mostrador

En la economía de Internet, Asia suele ser la precursora de nuevos servicios tales como aplicaciones de mensajería o pagos móviles. Ahora ha avanzado con una nueva tendencia: más gente que en otras partes del mundo ha instalado en sus teléfonos móviles software para bloquear la publicidad de internet.

Fuente: La batalla prácticamente perdida contra el bloqueo de avisos en el teléfono – El Mostrador


Congreso Mundial de medios informativos de WAN-IFRA analiza amenaza de los ‘ad-blocker’ a la publicidad en Internet – El Mostrador

La industria de la publicidad en Internet, que constituye una parte importante de los ingresos de los medios de comunicación digitales, vive momentos complejos ante la creciente demanda en todo el mundo de los ad-blocker, navegadores que prometen a los usuarios mejorar su experiencia eliminando todos los anuncios de las páginas que visitan.

Fuente: Congreso Mundial de medios informativos de WAN-IFRA analiza amenaza de los ‘ad-blocker’ a la publicidad en Internet – El Mostrador


Exclusive: Pentagon source goes on record against whistleblower program – video | World news | The Guardian

A former Pentagon investigator has spoken on record to the Guardian about major privacy and security lapses within the government’s whistleblower program. John Crane, who for 25 years worked for the Department of Defense inspector general’s office, which helps federal employees expose abuse and corruption, says whistleblowers like Edward Snowden had little choice but to go outside the system. His revelations can now be made public for the first time

Fuente: Exclusive: Pentagon source goes on record against whistleblower program – video | World news | The Guardian


Israel action threatens to close down rights group and ‘chill’ free speech | World news | The Guardian

A high-profile Israeli human rights group that publishes the anonymous testimonies of soldiers in the Palestinian territories is facing a court hearing that threatens to shut down its work in what is being viewed as a crucial test case for civil society.The case, which will be heard in court next week, is being brought by the Israeli government, which is demanding that Breaking the Silence identify anonymous serving military personnel who have given it testimony relating to alleged crimes in the 2014 Gaza war. The group says this is likely to deter future potential testifiers coming forward.

Fuente: Israel action threatens to close down rights group and ‘chill’ free speech | World news | The Guardian


The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.

Fuente: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why


The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

From the time we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded. As time has gone on, The Intercept has sought out new ways to get documents from the archive into the hands of the public, consistent with the public interest as originally conceived.Today, The Intercept is announcing two innovations in how we report on and publish these materials. Both measures are designed to ensure that reporting on the archive continues in as expeditious and informative a manner as possible, in accordance with the agreements we entered into with our source about how these materials would be disclosed, a framework that he, and we, have publicly described on numerous occasions.

Fuente: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why


Libertad de expresión en el ámbito digital • ADC Digital

Una de las actividades más importantes que realizan las personas en el entorno digital es la manifestación de sus opiniones y la búsqueda y difusión de información sobre diferentes temáticas. De esta manera, Internet se ha vuelto uno de los ámbitos más importantes para que las personas ejerzan el derecho a la libertad de expresión.

Fuente: Libertad de expresión en el ámbito digital • ADC Digital


Media groups face up to how tech groups now call the shots – FT.com

The threat of being disrupted by a couple of young technology entrepreneurs with a smart idea has long been something that keeps leaders of established industries awake at night. But what happens when those geeks from the garage have the power and wealth of the world’s most powerful companies at their disposal — and they are moving with the pace of a runaway freight train?That is what the media industry is now facing. Most companies are manoeuvring uneasily, trying to find ways to co-operate with the digital platforms that are coming to dominate their world. But to judge by the discussion at events like the Financial Times’ digital media conference, held in London earlier this week, the challenges of adapting to the new world are only getting harder.

Fuente: Media groups face up to how tech groups now call the shots – FT.com


Edward Snowden on police pursuing journalist data: the scandal is what the law allows | Australia news | The Guardian

NSA whistleblower responds to admission by Australian federal police that it investigated leaks to a Guardian journalist by requesting his metadata

Fuente: Edward Snowden on police pursuing journalist data: the scandal is what the law allows | Australia news | The Guardian


¿Vuelve el secreto de sumario a Chile? – Derechos Digitales

La agenda corta antidelincuencia en tramitación incorpora una norma que permitirá ampliar el secreto de las investigaciones judiciales, sancionando a cualquiera que lo viole con la privación de libertad hasta por 540 días. Nuevamente nos encontramos frente a una norma inserta en un proyecto que ignora la evolución e impacto propios del periodismo de investigación que actualmente tiene lugar en la red.

Fuente: ¿Vuelve el secreto de sumario a Chile? – Derechos Digitales


Fronda y censura: la mordaza de la Transición – El Mostrador

La Fronda pretende encerrar el debate en los marcos legales, arrinconar al SII y deslegitimar a la Fiscalía, todo eso para escapar de lo que parece una tormenta perfecta. La norma que se propone no pretende, solamente, reducir el espacio de acción de la prensa, sino también pretende privar a la opinión pública de información fundamental para decidir por quién votar y por quién no votar. Esto explica por qué la Fronda se siente tan amenazada por la nueva lógica de los medios digitales y las redes: ya no puede controlar los contenidos, ya no puede censurar en las cortes. La Fronda busca protegerse de forma impúdica, aterrada ante la disolución del principio de autoridad que había guiado la transición.

Fuente: Fronda y censura: la mordaza de la Transición – El Mostrador


A Conversation on Privacy With Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, and Glenn Greenwald

NSA WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden joined MIT professor Noam Chomsky and The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald on Friday for a discussion on privacy rights hosted by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The panel was moderated by Nuala O’Connor, the president of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Fuente: A Conversation on Privacy With Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, and Glenn Greenwald


Filtraciones: la neutralización de los fiscales subalternos – El Mostrador

El vínculo virtuoso estaría definido por una alianza estratégica establecida entre un grupo de fiscales subalternos con ansias de justicia y un segmento de periodistas críticos que alentarían un renacer disciplinario respaldado en la proliferación de medios alternativos y el explosivo avance de nuevas plataformas y tecnologías comunicacionales.

Fuente: Filtraciones: la neutralización de los fiscales subalternos – El Mostrador


Fundación Karisma | Misoginia en internet: bombardeo a campo abierto contra las periodistas

No cabe duda que internet ha potenciado la libertad de expresión. Tampoco es equivocado señalar que las mismas dinámicas que emergen también están excluyendo e impidiendo el ejercicio de este derecho. Y hay quienes lo sufren más que otras personas, por ejemplo, mujeres, personas de la comunidad LGTTTBI o minorías étnicas. ¿No les llama la atención que sean los mismos grupos de persona que sufren continuamente discriminación y violencia? Pues sí, internet no es muy diferente del mundo analógico ni es la pana

Fuente: Fundación Karisma | Misoginia en internet: bombardeo a campo abierto contra las periodistas


Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS

We’ve been told for years that The Terrorists “hate our freedoms,” yet we cannot seem to rid ourselves of those who think the solution is to voluntarily abolish those freedoms ourselves.

Fuente: Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS