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Between Private Eyes

Interesting political oops - Pennsylvania contracted with a firm that monitored various (legal) protest-and-otherwise-political groups that sent that information on to various governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Naturally we only heard about it when a whistleblower leaked the information to a Philadelphia news columnist, although later investigation showed some internal questioning of the value/propriety of this information (showing partly why having independent functional media is so important, and why our need for Wikileaks shows how far that media has fallen short of its role in society).

In other news:

A wordle-like map of common passwords