Four In Five Think Internet Is ‘A Fundamental Right’

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Four in five adults believe access to the Internet is a fundamental right, and half believe it should never be regulated, according to a global survey, a worldwide survey for the BBC has revealed.

The poll of 27,000 adults in 26 countries for the BBC World Service showed that 78 percent of Internet users believed the Web gave them greater freedom, while nine in 10 said it was a good place to learn.

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Privacy Concerns Surround FBI And States Expanding DNA Databases

Privacy Concerns Surround FBI And States Expanding DNA Databases 

Collecting DNA from an inmate

Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.

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Swords + Umbrellas = Swordbrellas!


Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man (2008), by Bruce and Stephanie Tharp, manufactured by Kikkerland

Just because it’s rainy season it doesn’t mean that you have to go without your swords. Here are three such combination of weapon and umbrellas by Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Materious:

“Sigmund Freud contends that aggressiveness is a fundamental human instinct whose inhibition is a necessary obligation of social life. These umbrellas combine a symbol of gentlemanly refinement-the full-sized, black umbrella-with an element from more manly sword-bearing times. The umbrellas offer brief psychological respite from the dictates of social amiability.

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