After Ellen Pao resigned as Reddit’s CEO, co-founder Steve Huffman stepped into her place. He says the popular site will now lay out clear boundaries for eliminating and banning offensive and abusive content, something Reddit hadn’t clearly laid out for users before. While many other sites have clear terms of service when it comes to bullying and harassment, like Facebook and Twitter, Reddit’s decision brings up an interesting debate over what constitutes free speech.

Brigida Santos Steve Huffman’s AMA lays out the new terms of service. He states,  Reddit is a place to have open and authentic discussions. The reason we’re careful to restrict speech is because people have more open and authentic discussions when they aren’t worried about the speech police knocking down their door. When our purpose comes

The Institute for Justice reports that civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, businesses, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Here’s how law enforcement abuses the system.

Brigida Santos Civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, businesses, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. What’s so crazy is that the property owner doesn’t even have to be charged with or convicted of a crime to permanently lose his or her property, as is the case with criminal forfeiture.  Related Story Cop

Residents of the California port city of Oakland are pushing back by developing the first enforceable city legislation to regulate the purchase and use of surveillance equipment by law enforcement agencies. If approved, the legislation could make Oakland a national trailblazer for privacy rights campaigners alarmed at the rise of cameras, “stingrays” and other surveillance technologies used by law enforcement.

Off The Grid   I think it looks good on paper. I applaud the city of Oakland for doing it. They should and so should other cities. I’ve got news for you though: a federal law takes precedence over any local law. So even though they passed this at the local level, the federal law

The White House issued an official statement in response to a petition that has gathered more than 160,000 signatures requesting a pardon for Edward Snowden.

Off The Grid It’s typical of what I would expect from them. In their official response they quote: “We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, while upholding the civil liberties and privacy protections that our ideals and our Constitution require.” Instead of constructively

The suspicious death of Sandra Bland has reportedly been solved. Meanwhile, prosecutors continue to investigate the officer who arrested her.

Brigida Santos NBC coverage of the Sandra Bland story reveals how the 28-year-old woman died in a Texas jail after being taken into custody. She had been pulled over for reportedly failing to signal when changing lanes. This news comes after suspicious dashcam footage was released in which the arresting officer yells to Bland, “I will light you up!”  Medical examiners

Sgt Erica Hay is getting a lot of attention after a photo of her sharing a meal with a homeless man went viral.

Off The Grid Lately, it’s been easy to forget that there are still some amazing police officers serving their communities. With many news stories revolving around police brutality and shootings, it’s nice to hear something positive once in a while. According to The Independent, Sgt Hay was caught on camera showing an act of kindness

A new $14.7 million military warehouse facility in Afghanistan wasleft empty because the intended occupants, the Defense Logistics Agency, had already ended their mission in Kandahar. However, construction continued for six months after the fact that it would no longer be needed. Instead, the military added $400,000 of modifications to the buildings knowing it would never be used, SIGAR wrote in a report.

Off The Grid   Imagine the outcry from the politicians if they found out the government had given a few million dollars to poor people who weren’t qualified to get welfare. Fox News would be outraged!And every news agency in America would be on board. When you hear about wasteful spending like this on war,

Ralkina Jones was reportedly found dead in her jail cell in Cleveland Heights this past Sunday morning. Family claims to have called police repeatedly, to no avail.

Off The Grid According to The Independent, the police had accused Jones, age 37, of “striking her ex-husband in the arm with a tire iron outside of a Save-A-Lot food store” this past Friday.  Police also state that Jones attempted to run her ex-husband over with her car, while her young daughter was in the

Over 1,000 artificial intelligence experts and researchers are demanding a ban on autonomous weapons that can engage targets “without human intervention.”

Off The Grid Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking – along with more than 1,000 leading robotics experts and researchers – have signed an open letter calling for the ban of artificially intelligent and autonomous weaponry – ie, weapons that can kill “without human intervention,” so the letter states. The