Privacy in America has gone extinct

Alternet has a great look at what privacy Americans have allowed themselves to be stripped of in the name of security. And Slate has an article on how the FBI is now granting local law enforcement agencies access to facial-recognition software. Both via Reddit

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Lofty Goal of Free Online University

While online degrees have become more accepted in the U.S., there is an online university, University of the People, that aims to offer free education to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it. There are some challenges such as how to pay for the bandwidth and instructional materials  but so far, the University of the People is making a go of it.