Elizabeth Warren speaks at an IBEW union gathering in Massachusetts in this March 21, 2012 photograph. (Flickr / Edward Kimmel)
29 Oct 2015

Investigation By Elizabeth Warren Reveals Life Insurance Kickback Scheme

Elizabeth Warren revealed a massive life insurance kickback scheme where agents encourage customers to buy substandard coverage in return for personal gain.

File: San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge seen through a thick fog. (Wikimedia Commons / Brocken Inaglory)
22 Oct 2015

SEC Facing Criticism For Proposed Rules That Reduce Transparency

The SEC’s proposal would make it harder to bring charges of securities fraud by giving Wall Street companies more room to withhold vital information.

Graphic showing a redacted document with a CENSORED stamp across it.
02 Oct 2015

Blacked Out Pages: U.S. Government Snubs ACLU Over Targeted Killing FOIA

The US government gave the ACLU the equivalent of the middle finger in response to a FOIA request for records on the “targeted killing program.”

One eye on a human face, along with a lock of hair, lit only by flashlight. (Flickr / Emarline)
24 Sep 2015

A Shadowproof Government — Kevin Gosztola On Occupy.com (VIDEO)

Kevin Gosztola wants media and movements to work together, ensuring that every politician, corporate tool, law and legislation is shadowproof.

BNY Mellon building (via Mentatmark on Flickr)
24 Sep 2015

No Disclosure Of Foreign Participants In Corruption Probe Of BNY Mellon

Last August, the SEC reached an agreement with BNY Mellon wherein the bank paid $14.8 million to settle charges that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by hiring unqualified interns in exchange for continued access to an unnamed “Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund.” Not only was the sovereign wealth fund involved in the corruption not named, neither where the two officials who asked for jobs for their relatives.

A pair of citizen journalists stand close together as one types on a laptop in front of a row of police officers at an Occupy Wall Street protest on December 12, 2011. In revolutionary media, citizen journalists no longer try to remain neutral or removed from the action happening in the streets. (Flickr / Jessica Lehrman)
20 Aug 2015

What Is Revolutionary Media? 3 Key Ideas

I wanted to talk today about the challenges of being a new media journalist today, and I’ve got three major points and a couple challenges we face that I plan to touch on.

We all agree that old media is dying, that’s part of why we’re here. It’s also oppressing people on the way out by throwing a temper tantrum as it dies, and it’s hurting everybody — especially those of us who want to be journalists in a sustainable career, and for anyone who wants to reach people.