List of the Day: 101 Signals
by Bill Hayes
In 101 Signals, Wired magazine lists the 101 “blogs, feeds, podcasts, and more [that] provide everything you need to know and nothing you don’t. Packed with information, these sources serve up the core nutrients of your data diet, with no empty calories.” It groups them into six categories: Business, Consumer Tech, Culture, Design, Government & Security, and Science. Below is the section on Government & Security.
Jacob Appelbaum, Twitter. Data privacy advocate Appelbaum was Julian Assange’s right-hand man and interviewed Edward Snowden. Find out what trouble he’s cooking up next.
Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Atlantic, Blog. Coates’ trenchant, heartfelt essays on politics and pop culture offer a perspective found nowhere else and often turn debates on their head.
Cryptome, Blog. A kind of proto–WikiLeaks, this radical transparency site has dug up overhead photos of secret NSA facilities and documents from the FBI’s crackdown on Anonymous.
EFF Deeplinks, Blog. Did you know that US Customs agents have kicked around the idea of adding non-lethal weaponry to their domestic Predator drones? You would if you read this group blog from the freedom fighters at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
IP Watch, Blog. IP Watch enlivens intellectual-property policy with energetic takes on such seemingly dry topics as the annual meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council.
Ezra Klein on Wonkblog, The Washington Post Blog. Klein was the must-read blogger on Obama-care before its passage. His posts cover policy issues with a leftward lean but a refreshingly data-driven approach.
Left, Right, & Center, Podcast. KCRW’s politics podcast is a pleasantly cantankerous way to approach the week’s top stories from every perspective. Think witty debate, not cable-clown brawls.
Liberationtech, Email. When the Internet goes down in Syria or a new censorware app goes up in Bahrain, you’ll hear about it first on Liberationtech, the mailing list run by Stanford’s Program on Liberation Technology. Here’s where the world’s top hackers work out ways to circumvent government censorship and surveillance, wherever it’s found. Their tools are cryptography and code, and their opponents are everyone from China’s net police to the NSA. One recent thread explored techniques to disable your cell phone mic between calls, so it can’t be used as a bug. It might sound like tinfoil-hat stuff, but some people really are being watched by the powers that be.
Memeorandum, Aggregator. Following the twists and turns of US politics can consume your entire day, as ideologues on both sides try to get you furious about some new gaffe or outrage. If you want to stay informed while limiting your exposure, a good place to start is Memeorandum, the nonpartisan politics aggregator run by Techmeme (makers of the tech-news aggregator of the same name). Using a combination of editorial judgment and data analysis, Memeorandum culls and categorizes the day’s political stories so you don’t waste time reading duplicate stories — or waste hours in rabbit holes of partisan outrage.
Julian Sanchez, Blog. A research fellow at the Cato Institute, Julian Sanchez delivers timely yet profoundly moral commentary on privacy and surveillance issues.
Schneier on Security, Blog. Why are you allowed to bring 3 ounces of shampoo through airport security but not 4? Bruce Schneier has a knack for explaining the latest developments in security, online and off.
SCOTUSblog, Blog. When the Supreme Court hands down decisions, no one cuts through the confusion more deftly and accurately than the legal commentators at SCOTUS-blog.
Noah Shachtman, Twitter. This Foreign Policy editor and WIRED alum serves up all the most WTF military and intelligence news — from secret bases to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s blueprint for a better vacuum cleaner.
Slight Paranoia, Blog. Christopher Soghoian is widely hated by technology companies who play loose with customer privacy. Which is why you’re going to love his blog.