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Why Snowden Won’t Get the Public Interest Defense He Deserves

European members of parliament have called on the United States to give Edward Snowden a chance to defend his disclosures as being in the public interest.

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Once Riddled with Corruption, Slovakia Sets a New Standard for Transparency

Slovakia’s commitment to publishing corporate and government documents online has caught all of Europe’s attention—including the country’s old partner, the Czech Republic.

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Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare

Scott Horton discusses his new book, Lords of Secrecy, which explores national security debates including the turn to private security contractors, sweeping surveillance methods, and the use of robotic weapons such as drones.

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Machinations and Manipulations: Bots, Big Data, and the Internet of Things

Philip Howard, professor of technology and international affairs, will present his latest book, Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up, followed by an open discussion.

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The Tricky Practice—and Vast Potential—of Public Polling in Burma

A new study shows that even in a society where freedom of expression is restricted, pollsters can learn a lot about what people want from their government.

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Could This Media Outlet Change the Way Russians View the News?

At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.