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NSA Contractors Use LinkedIn Profiles to Cash In on National Security

NSA spies need jobs, too. And that is why many covert programs could be hiding in plain sight.

Job websites such as LinkedIn and contain hundreds of profiles that reference classified NSA efforts, posted by everyone from career government employees to low-level IT workers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. They offer a rare glimpse into the intelligence community’s projects and how they operate. Now some researchers are using the same kinds of big-data tools employed by the NSA to scrape public LinkedIn profiles for classified programs. But the presence of so much classified information in public view raises serious concerns about security—and about the intelligence industry as a whole.

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Looking for a Collaborator

I’ve worked on a number of interactive online features over the past couple of years, and I’ve got another one in the works. Up until now I’ve either built them myself in something like Timeline JS—which doesn’t require any coding—or worked with outside developers.

Now I’m looking for a developer to work with me on a regular, ongoing basis. I think a consistent developer-journalist team could be really powerful.

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Giving Up Carbon for Lent

Katharina Wilkins still passes on things like alcohol and Facebook during the season of Lent, but what’s really important to her is giving up needless car rides and investment in fossil fuels. That’s because, for the third year in a row, Wilkins is participating in the annual Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast.

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Gentrifying the Dharma: How the One Percent is Hijacking Mindfulness

The protesters looked anxious as they rode down the escalator in San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis. A yoga bag slung over one of their shoulders hid a banner reading “Eviction Free San Francisco.” Another had a bullhorn tucked into her backpack. Two reached out to touch an inflatable, neon-blue lotus as they walked toward the conference hall.

Read the rest of this article at Salon . . .

The NSA and Climate Change Spying: What We Know So Far

THE carbon footprint for the new data center the National Security Agency (NSA) is building in the middle of the Utah desert must be massive. Despite its planned LEED Silver certification, the one-million-square-foot, $2-billion facility will draw 65 megawatts of power and use some 1.7 million gallons of water a day to cool its servers, according to Wired Magazine. When it comes to the NSA, however, many environmentalists have much bigger worries.

Read the rest of this article at DeSmogBlog

What the NSA Leaks Proved About Surveillance

ON 5 June 2013, The Guardian revealed the first documents, culled from tens of thousands, about the United States’ and U.K.’s surveillance programs, leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. At the time, only a handful of people at The Guardian and The Washington Post had any idea how many more disclosures were to come.

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Timeline of School Shootings Since Sandy Hook

TODAY Joshua published an interactive timeline of every major U.S. K-12 school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre at Al Jazeera America’s website. The timeline includes both incidents that were well-publicized and ones that were obscure.

The Future of Data Journalism

ON SATURDAY, October 25, Joshua gave a short talk on the future of data journalism at the 2013 Digital Media Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here’s the transcript:

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Joshua a Consultant on CBS Religion Documentary

Joshua served as a consultant on Tibetan Buddhism for the newest CBS Religion and Culture documentary, “World Religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Christian Science, and Jainism,” which is online today.

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The Open Letter

Jordyn Bonds and Mike Gintz are not your stereotypical environmentalists. All skinny, tattooed arms and even skinnier cut-off jeans, they look more like they belong at a house show in Allston than at a Rainbow Gathering. But as we sat in the living room of my ancient Cambridgeville apartment, they spoke passionately about what may be the single biggest problems facing humanity: climate change.

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