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Reset the Net is a grassroots effort to thwart the government’s effort to create the United States of Surveillance. Along with the mass collection of data, including but not limited to, emails, phone calls and text messages; it became public this week that the NSA is also using social media to create a gargantuan database of photos for the purpose of facial recognition. Photos that you post on the internet, in any form, are not private. However, the government should not be collecting those photos.

Enough is enough. We have the power to change this, or at the very least, make it harder for our privacy to be violated. How? Support efforts to encrypt your data across the internet. You can demand that your data be kept private from prying eyes. You can put pressure on companies that you do business with to support data encryption. Companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Twitter.

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Autonomous vehicles are inevitable — and they will be here before you know it. As you may have heard, Google is working on autonomous vehicles. In fact, according to this New York Times article, some lucky (or daring, depending on how you see it) Google employees are already testing prototypes on their commute to work. Google’s version of the self-driving car will reportedly not have a steering wheel or manual brake; just a big (I’m guessing red) emergency stop button...

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Solar Freakin’ Roadways are real. I beg you, try to look past the silliness and see the potential in this. Electricity-generating, heated, illuminated, modular and pressure-sensitive road pavers made partially from recycled materials. This is a great idea. 

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Bernando Schorr’s “Mixed Reality Living Spaces” project. The project shows how, “augmented reality can be used to make windowless 100-square-foot apartments hospitable.”

It’s both cool and horrifying and to me. The project uses cameras, computers and projectors to create a Star Trek like “Holodeck” which gives the appearance of a larger space. I suppose, if you didn’t know it wasn’t real, it might be more comfortable.

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I stayed up late last night to watch Frontline's "United States of Secrets" and all I can say is "Wow." Frontline, if you're not familiar, is the best if not only, recurring documentary series on television. If you care about the Internet, Privacy, the Fourth Amendment or just the ins and outs of National Security, I urge you to watch "United States of Secrets" now. You can see it free on PBS.org

Prepare some snacks, because this episode is two hours long and it's only part one. Trust me, it's worth it. Frontline takes you step-by-step through the post-911 activities of the Bush administration's efforts to systematically gather phone call and email data from EVERYONE. This is illegal, plain and simple. It's a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

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Those of you who follow WeTalkNerdy.tv may have noticed that it's been pretty quiet recently...

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