Hitting the Books: How America’s Space Race sought to renew our ‘New South’

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Time Magazine is recreating the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in VR

For many people, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington and the famous "I Have a Dream" speech exist as little more than photos and soundbites -- only the 200,000-plus people who were there can give you a sense of what it was really like....

Court says data swept up by the NSA is protected by the Fourth Amendment

An appeals court may have just shaped how the US treats the NSA's bulk data collection. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that American communications scooped up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act's Section 702 and PRISM is...

Homeland Security wants airport face scans for US citizens

Homeland Security is joining the ranks of government agencies pushing for wider use of facial recognition for US travelers. The department has proposed that US citizens, not just visa holders and visitors, should go through a mandatory facial recogn...

Facial recognition tech misidentified 26 California lawmakers as criminals

The ACLU, which wants to ban facial recognition technology in police body cameras, says that its own tests of the technology mistakenly flagged 26 California lawmakers as criminals. More than half of those falsely identified were people of color. The...

The FBI plans more social media surveillance

The FBI wants to gather more information from social media. Today, it issued a call for contracts for a new social media monitoring tool. According to a request-for-proposals (RFP), it's looking for an "early alerting tool" that would help it monitor...

Facebook will fight misinformation linked to the 2020 US census

Facebook isn't just limiting its anti-interference efforts to elections. The social network has published a second updated on its civil rights audit, and with it news that the company plans to treat the 2020 US census as if it were a vote. It will...

‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom’ Promises Strong Narrative


Netflix will be screening the original documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom on October 9.Set between 2013 and 2014 of a civil rights movement uprising, director Evgeny Afineevsky...

Anne Rice uses ‘lynching’, Dismisses history over E.L. James and Bullies


Anne Rice is no stranger to criticism. Perhaps that's why the author defended E.L. James's bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey after a Twitter chat went horribly wrong. However, replies to critics of her...

#BlackLivesMatter in Atlanta, Citizens march on why #WeCantBreathe


200 protesters silently lay in the middle of the 17th Street Bridge around Atlantic Station to say #BlackLivesMatter and the lives of black men matter.Over the past several weeks, a variety of...