Joshua Eaton

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NSA Data-Sharing Plan Opens Door to Mass Surveillance, Say Rights Groups

A coalition of more than 30 civil liberty groups says that a potential change in how the National Security Agency shares data with other US agencies could jeopardize millions of Americans’ privacy.

The group that includes the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging the NSA not to pursue efforts to more widely distribute intelligence information it gathered for fear it would give law enforcement agencies access to warrantless domestic surveillance.

Read the rest of this article at the Christian Science Monitor …

Why This Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Is a Major Victory for Your Voice

How districts are outlined — or redistricted — may not seem that exciting, but it has a huge effect on who wins elections and who loses them — which impacts everything from access to women’s healthcare to taxes to funding for education. That’s why the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Evenwel v. Abbott, which challenged how the state of Texas draws legislative districts, is such a big deal.

But what is redistricting? Who are Evenwel and Abbott? And what does the Supreme Court’s decision mean? Let’s break it down.

Read the rest of this article at Teen Vogue …

How the Panama Papers Revealed the Biggest Secrets of the Rich and Famous

Yesterday, a group of newspapers around the world revealed what they’re calling the Panama Papers — a massive leak of data about anonymous offshore companies held by some of the world’s most powerful and dangerous people.

“The data provides rare insights into a world that can only exist in the shadows,” wrote the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which first acquired the documents, in an introduction to the leak.

So why is this massive data dump making so many powerful people around the world — including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin — so nervous? Here’s what you need to know.

Read the rest of this article at Teen Vogue …

Hillary Clinton Says Bernie Sanders’s Free College Tuition Plan Is All a Lie

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton had harsh words for a group of apparent Bernie Sanders supporters who interrupted her speech at SUNY Purchase in Purchase, N.Y., on Thursday. “If she wins, we lose,” the hecklers chanted in unison.

“Before they leave, let me say, I have earned nine million votes in this election already,” Clinton responded, drawing cheers from the enthusiastic crowd. “I have one million more votes than Donald Trump, and I have two and a half million more votes than Bernie Sanders.”

The former secretary of state went on to sharply criticize her Democratic opponent’s plan to offer free college education for every American.

“You read that fine print and it basically says, ‘Yeah, it’ll be free if the governors of America put in about $28 billion,’” Clinton said. “Now, we’re campaigning right now in Wisconsin. The governor there has cut higher education by $250 million. The idea that he would chip in nearly $300 million for free college in Wisconsin doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It doesn’t add up, my friends.”

This kind of back-and-forth is part of the political theater during elections, but Sanders’s promise of free tuition has been a huge selling point for many of his supporters, especially his young ones. But what exactly is the fine print on this promise — it’s a valid question from any of his opponents and something voters should know before they continue to head to the polls.

Read the rest of this article at Teen Vogue …

Tibetan American Voices (Photo Essay)

was a Sunday, but many of the classrooms in Medford High School were full. The Tibetan Association of Boston (TAB) was holding its weekly language and culture school. As young children perfected their Tibetan language, their parents practiced a traditional circle dance in a cafeteria.

Jampa Choephell was at the circle’s center, keeping time on a drum hung from a silk scarf, called a “kata,” around his neck.

Read the rest of this article at the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism …

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