Portside aims to provide varied material of interest to people on the left that will help them to interpret the world, and to change it.
By Doug Mataconis
July 29, 2017
Outside the Beltway
In a case that could have implications for a lawsuit recently filed against President Trump, a Federal District Court Judge in Virginia has ruled against a local government elected official who temporarily banned a constituent from accessing her personal Facebook page which she was using to interact with constituents.
By Erika Franklin Fowler and Sarah E. Gollust
July 26, 2017
Senate efforts have failed so far for a variety of reasons. But here’s one that hasn’t yet been explored: local television news. That drumbeat of coverage in their home districts during Senate debates may have made some GOP senators think twice about angering constituents — including those of their own party.
By Lily Hay Newman
July 28, 2017
Netflix security engineer Scott Behrens ran a massive infrastructure test on the streaming system in front of dozens of coworkers. In the process, he brought the site down. He proved that Netflix was vulnerable to an unorthodox type of distributed denial of service attack – the first step toward preventing it in the future, not just for Netflix but for the entire internet.
By Camila Domonoske
July 31, 2017
The Electronic Privacy Information Center is concerned that Google's methods, the details of which are not public, may not sufficiently safeguard users' privacy. The center, also known as EPIC, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.
How a Surprising Partnership Will Result In Internet For Detroiters Lacking Access
By Aaron Mondry
July 31, 2017
The Detroit church Grace in Action is going to be the hub of a powerful Wi-Fi connection that will provide 50 nearby households with high-speed internet. Two other hubs, located in the North End and Islandview neighborhoods, will be the base of routers and another 50 households each.