Today a court in London okayed the extradition of a British hacker with autism to the United States, where he will face trial for breaking into high-security U.S. government computers.
Muckrock today announced a $1,000 grant for projects to increase public understanding of noted Donald Trump supporter and anti-Gawker-lawsuit-funder Peter Thiel. Motherboard matched the Muckrock reporting grant funds, and now the grant is $2,000.
Apply to MuckRock’s Thiel Fellowship here.
“Applications are on a rolling basis with the first deadline of October 1, 2016. Applicants should email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line'MuckRock Thiel Fellowship,'” says the announcement.
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Peter Thiel - co-founder of both PayPal and Palantir and an early Facebook investor - has profoundly reshaped industry after industry and, ultimately, remade the world to fit his radical vision of the future. Unfortunately, despite his impact in industries ranging from digital payments and mass government surveillance to radical life extension and seasteading, the media has done relatively little reporting on the details of his companies, often leaving the public in the dark on his contributions to society.
But maybe you can change that.
With MuckRock’s Thiel Fellowship, we want to help journalists and researchers better understand this pivotal figure’s work and share what they learn with the world.
MuckRock is offering a grant of 250 requests (a $1,000 value), plus our invaluable FOIA expertise, to between one and three inaugural Thiel Fellows who propose projects that help the public better understand organizations or areas of research and public policy connected with Thiel. Even better, Motherboard has agreed to double that, providing an additional $1,000 to fund FOIA request fees, research, potential stipends, or other related costs of the fellowship.
VICE Media, USA Today owner Gannett, and the Associated Press today announced a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the FBI. The news organizations want to how much and who the government paid to hack into the San Bernardino shooters' iPhone, during the government's investigation into last year's mass shooting.
Nick Nerbonne captured “A rare and very unique 'roll cloud' along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.”
I can't get enough of this gorgeous macro video of various blobs of glorious color. It's like a neverending lava lamp.
“If he wins, his many overseas deals would create a national security nightmare.” That's the tease for the cover story in this week's edition of Newsweek, which contains a bombshell Kurt Eichenwald report detailing presidential candidate Donald Trump's financial conflicts of interest.
“HOW THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION'S FOREIGN BUSINESS TIES COULD UPEND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY” is a must-read. Eichenwald is also digging into other sensitive information regarding Trump's medical history.
“A NASA airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth's valuable and ecologically sensitive coral reefs has set up shop in Australia for a two-month investigation of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef ecosystem,” reports NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today.
“Shila the Pomeranian dog plays Piano.”
This is actually what I look like when I play the piano, too: “i have no idea what I am doing.”
“I must go, my people need me.”