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  • BBC: Biden Expands on Trump's U.S. Investment Ban on Chinese Firms

    June 07, 2021

    US President Joe Biden is set to expand an order previously issued from former President Donald Trump, banning Americans from investing in dozens of Chinese tech and defense firms with alleged military ties.

  • NYPost: State Department Staffers Were Warned Against Probing COVID Origin

    June 04, 2021

    Former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, Thomas DiNanno, revealed that State Department staffers were warned against investigating the origin of COVID-19 because it would cause problems, opening up the possibility of a « cover-up ».

  • Tonkin: Australia is Becoming a Surveillance State

    June 02, 2021

    Casey Tonkin writing in ACS Information Age argues that Australia is increasingly giving power to law enforcement, citing the  Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020, which, if passed, will give extra power to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), allowing agencies to obtain warrants to modify and delete data, collect intelligence from online communities, and take over the online accounts of supposed criminals.

  • U.S. Orders Investigation into Covid-19 Lab Leak Theory

    June 01, 2021

    Politico reports that U.S. Representative McCaul is calling Covid-19’s origin the « worst cover-up in human history » as evidence mounts pointing to likely lab leak, as President Biden calls on U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a 90-day investigation and a potential bipartisan congressional probe into the origins of the Coronavirus.

  • Butcher: The Battle for Civics Education and Preserving America’s Character

    May 28, 2021

    Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation, explores the new initiative called Educating for American Democracy that aims to improve civic education in schools by increasing federal spending and U.S. Department of Education activities.

  • Florida Governor Signs Bill Against ‘Censorship' on Social Media

    May 26, 2021

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that would force tech companies to pay large fines if they remove political candidates off their social media platforms as well as giving Florida residents the ability to sue up to $100,000 if they feel they are being mistreated.

  • Totalitarian Surveillance States Struggle to Wean Itself Off the West

    May 25, 2021

    As advanced surveillance technology increasingly becomes part of the toolkit for authoritarian governments, many are reliant on components made by Western technology companies, creating a conundrum for Western politicians who talk about human rights abuses in Russia and China, but have Western companies involved in building the systems.

  • Critical Race Theory in School Collides with the Law

    May 25, 2021

    Some school districts that implement critical race theory are facing challenges, like in Nevada, where one school has come up against the law, as a senior has sued the school, alleging that it gave him a failing grade because he refused to openly confess his privilege, which, according to the student’s attorneys, violates constitutional and statutory rights.

  • Student Arrested for Racist Comments Raises Free Speech Concerns

    May 24, 2021

    Free speech groups are calling the arrest of a Connecticut high school student accused of posting racist comments about a Black classmate on social media an unusual move by police that raises First Amendment issues.

  • Soviet Style Crackdown on Russian Opposition

    May 19, 2021

    As the Russian government continues to crackdown on opposition, labeling them with terrorists as « extremists », concerns are being raised as to whether or not the Kremlin is returning to soviet techniques.

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