The Punk Rock Internet – DIY Rebels Are Working to Replace the Tech Giants (Trevin)
“Around the world, a handful of visionaries are plotting an alternative online future. Is it really possible to remake the internet in a way that’s egalitarian, decentralised and free of snooping?”
Republicans Suddenly Pro-Immigration, Uncomfortable With Trump’s Plan (Dan)
You read that right. Republicans are hand-wringing over Trump’s immigration plan because, well, they believe the US needs the Dreamers and other immigrants.
Why a Third Party Is Possible in 2020 (Russ)
…But those who want to enter the field may not be who pro-third-party groups were expecting or want.
Blocking the Kushner Act (Reader Steve)
A Democratic state lawmaker in Maryland introduced a bill that would prohibit arresting individuals for owing more than $5,000 in unpaid rent. If it passes, the bill would be a strike against what has been called the “Kushner Act,” named after White House advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The GOP’s Domestic Spending Plan (Dan)
Congressional Republicans say they’re willing to allocate funds for domestic spending. But the devil is in the details.
Trump Admin Drops Candidate for South Korean Ambassador After His Warning (Jimmy)
The author writes, “A former candidate to be the Trump administration’s ambassador to South Korea has issued a direct challenge to the White House over its consideration of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.”
UK Court Finds Government’s Surveillance Powers Unlawful (Jimmy)
The author writes, “Three judges at London’s Court of Appeal found that a sweeping data retention law, which allowed authorities to access people’s phone and email records, was not subject to adequate safeguards. The court ruled that access to the private data ‘should be restricted to the objective of fighting serious crime.’ The court also said that such data should not be turned over to authorities until after a ‘prior review by a court or an independent administrative body.’”