Yaël Ossowski is a national investigative reporter for Watchdog.org. Contact him at yael@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @YaelOss.

#JeSuisProsecuted: U.S. government sentences journalist

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  First Amendment, Judiciary, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments


His name is Barrett Brown. He is a journalist with active author archives on websites such as the Guardian, Vanity Fair magazine, Huffington Post and more, going back to 2009.

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Supreme Court: Cops can pull you over even if you haven’t broken a law

By   /  January 1, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments


In a ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation’s top court found that a police officer who mistakenly interprets a law and pulls someone over hasn’t violated their Fourth Amendment rights.

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Ford Foundation pours millions into net neutrality to guarantee billion-dollar investments

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Josh Peterson and Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In addition to major telecommunications firms aiming to influence the public debate on net neutrality, there’s the Ford Foundation, the second-largest private foundation in the world.
“If you are a foundation for justice in the world, and you don’t understand that the Internet is going to […]

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Public broadband agency blasted for bloated costs, conflicts of interest

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments


A new government agency tasked with creating a public broadband system for first responders with billions of dollars has been roundly criticized for its cost overruns and issues with conflicts of interest.

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Wyden: No more ‘back doors’ in Americans’ computers, phones

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Issues, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments


By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon wants to ban the practice of requiring tech companies to integrate back doors into their devices, allowing the federal government to snoop on Americans.
In a bill introduced Thursday, titled the Secure Data Act, Wyden, a Democrat, lays out the case for scrapping government requirements for […]

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Illegal immigrants are going home in record numbers

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

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While opponents to President Obama’s Nov. 20 executive action are decrying the plan’s legal consequence and calling attention to the scourge of illegal immigrants in the country, the numbers are saying the problem is actually not as severe as in years past.

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