Liz Gannes

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The Last Place in America That’s Not Politically Polarized: Wikipedia

Though in the lead-up to today’s election news organizations somehow kept unearthing supposedly undecided voters to interview, today’s American political discussion is in fact ridiculously polarized and unfriendly — on TV, on blogs, on Twitter, on Facebook and IRL. But Wikipedia editors, it turns out, can get past their differences and have reasonable discussions across party lines about controversial political topics. That is, according to a study by researchers from USC and the Barcelona Media Foundation, found via the Wikimedia blog.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik