The Dark Side of the Internet: Anonymity After All?
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The Dark Side of the Internet: Anonymity After All?

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Cybercrime is as old as the Internet and despite the government’s powers of electronic surveillance, it’s still thriving. How is it still possible to be anonymous online? Also, Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison, and grassroots plans for protests against immigration reform aren’t panning out during the Congressional recess.

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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years ()

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced today for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents. After 3 years of legal wrangling and a a court martial that lasted for months: it’s 35 years in prison. Michael Scherer is the Washington Bureau Chief for Time.

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Are 'Dark Networks' a Threat or a Haven Online? ()

Revelations about the government’s electronic surveillance have raised alarms about privacy. Today's Wall Street Journal reports that the National Security Agency’s capacity is even broader than has reported before—enabling it to reach " roughly 75% of all US Internet traffic."Is there any way to use the Internet secretly? Yes, there is. It's the Darknet, available through software that allows anonymous browsing—and, increasingly—provides opportunities for organized crime. On Silk Road, for example, customers can find LSD, cocaine and heroin as if they were shopping on Amazon — anonymously. Why hasn't the government cracked down? Are there legitimate reasons for Internet users to conceal their identities?

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Anti-Immigration Reform Activists Having a Quiet Summer ()

Tea Party Patriots, Numbers USA and other groups opposed to immigration reform had big plans for raising crowds on the home turfs of Congress members and Senators during the August recess. Pro-reformers had the same idea. How is it turning out? Molly Ball is a political reporter for the Atlantic magazine.

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