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Anti-Surveillance Activists Take a Page From the NSA’s Playbook

Members of “We Are Always Listening” record public conversations, and post them online to protest government spying.

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An anonymous group of activists in New York surrepticiously placed tape recorders around the city and posted the recordings online, on a site called We Are Always Listening. The recordings feature conversations between unassuming subjects in public places such as parks, restaurants, and cafes. The project aims a critical eye at the NSA phone spying program, which a US appeals court recently deemed illegal.

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Free App Allows iPhone and Android Users To Encrypt Their Conversations

Signal, developed by Open Whisper Systems, allows for greater privacy from potential hackers.

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You no longer have to be a tech expert to resist the surveillance of national security organtizations like the NSA—anyone who knows how to download an app fcan now resist the NSA thanks to an update from Signal, an iOS app that enables encrypted voice calling and text messaging on both ends. The app is free, easy to use, and now available for iPhone and Android users, according to Wired. With the encryption, no one but the person who is on the phone at the other end can know what you’re saying.

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Hurricane Sandy put climate change back in the political discussion. It gave the American people a painful taste of what's in store. The storm inflicted significant damage on regional infrastructure, crippled transit, and left millions without power. Only the extraordinary accuracy of our weather prediction and foresight in preparations by state and local governments prevented a catastrophic loss of life as well.

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The Military-Approved Portable Clean Energy Kit

Whatever you make of the military, it's pushing innovation in clean energy, and this new Mobile Renewable Power Station is leading the way.

Pretty much any time we talk about the transition to clean, renewable energy systems, we talk about the biggest hurdle: storage. The sun doesn't shine at night, and wind is intermittent. That puts these sources at a distinct disadvantage to fossil fuel power sources, which are great at one thing—providing a known amount of power on demand. Large-scale centralized coal plants, for example, can hit high electricity demands in the summer months by simply shoveling in some more coal. But reliability and consistency are also issue on smaller scales. Diesel generators are still used to provide on-demand power to countless energy sucks around the world, from buildings to farms to outdoor events to military camps and convoys.

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Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook, we asked our friends: Now that Bin Laden is dead, do you feel safer?

We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

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