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Media Bits and Bytes - December 25, 2018

Texting Trouble; Pai's Problems; EFF's Big Wins; Pentagon Woos the Valley; Bye Bye Standard

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Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai, Original photo by Flickr user Gage Skidmore



Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

By Victoria Song
December 21, 2018

Wireless carriers now have more control over your text messages. If that sounds ominous, that’s because it is—so much so that now’s the perfect time to ditch regular ol’ text messaging altogether.


Ajit Pai's Biggest Lies of 2018

By Collette Watson
December 21, 2018
Free Press

This year, FCC chairman Ajit Pai stooped to incredible lows in his attempt to justify his repeal of Net Neutrality and a plethora of other consumer protections.


Big Wins for Privacy and Free Speech: 2018 in Review

By Cindy Cohn and Michael Rosenbloom
December 21, 2018
Electronic Frontier Foundation

These victories helped move the needle of law in the direction of protecting your privacy and freedom of expression.



Inside the Pentagon’s Plan to Win Over Silicon Valley's AI Experts

By Zachary Fryer-Biggs
December 21, 2018

The Defense Department is reeling from being spurned by a tech giant.


The 10 Most Appalling Articles in the Weekly Standard’s Short and Dreadful Life

By Jon Schwarz
December 16, 2018
The Intercept

Fox News was chum for the rubes; the Weekly Standard was chum for Ivy League rubes.