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David Sirota

  1. North Carolina is still suing Facebook, wants to pass law banning public from knowing what else it's doing

    In the last few months, there has been increasing pressure on public officials to stop hiding the basic terms of the investment agreements being cemented between governments and Wall Street's "alternative investment" industry.

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  2. Republican state senator slams Christie for $82M subsidy to NBA team

    A Republican state senator in New Jersey is now slamming Christie for the $82 million subsidy to the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers, which Pando reported on earlier today. According to PolitickerNJ, State Senator Mike Doherty (R) criticized the “free gift from the hard-pressed taxpayers of New Jersey” to the owners of the team. In a statement, Doherty said: “Governor Christie states that we have an $800 million budget shortfall. Then why is New Jersey providing an $82 million gift for a billionaire?...Why are we opening up the money spigot to take care of a billionaire? How can New Jersey not make this year’s full pension payment, but the state government can find an extra $82 million for a basketball practice facility?”

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  3. Christie officials give $82 million subsidy to NBA team whose execs made big campaign contributions

    UPDATE: A Republican state senator in New Jersey is now slamming Christie for the $82 million subsidy to the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers.

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  4. How tech culture and tech philanthropy may exacerbate inequality and undermine democracy

    Inequality and democracy are the kind of topics you may expect to hear about at a political convention, but not necessarily at a tech conference. And so looked at one way, some of Vice President Al Gore's discussion at Southland today could be heard in context as a bit of a jeremiad - one spotlighting a tech culture that sometimes contributes to the forces that exacerbate inequality and undermine democracy.

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  6. U.S. State Department promotes grants to help thwart the NSA

    Over the past year, the United States government has been in the news a lot for its efforts to undermine the Internet’s basic privacy and security protocols.

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  7. Reminder to government: In the Internet era, you can't un-dump a document dump

    A little less than a month ago, Pando published secret documents outlining how one of the Wall Street's biggest firms generates huge fees for itself from state taxpayers and public employees. Though these documents are related to business with state governments - aka the public - they have nonetheless been kept secret.

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  8. Bloomberg tells Harvard grads to "embrace a free exchange of ideas"... like he didn't

    Speaking to a crowd of Harvard graduates before many of them head to their new jobs on Wall Street, media mogul Michael Bloomberg used his commencement address today to tout the virtues of democratic freedoms: The more we embrace a free exchange of ideas and accept that political diversity is healthy, the stronger our society will be #Harvard14

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