Top 10 Articles
As various state legislatures work on legislation banning employers from demanding access to prospective and actual employees' social networking profiles, an employment lawyer raises a question: If an employee posts something that raises a harassment issue, will the employer whose hands are
When I think of great defenders of big business and the profit motive, Mother Jones is not exactly the first name that comes to mind. Last month, for example, the magazine posted a favorable review of a book denouncing the food industry for not feeding people. Yet one Mother Jones writer last weekend managed to recognize that in the case of the Internet—what do you know—big businesses generally make their profits by serving their customers:
In 2004, Ladar Levison founded a business to produce a product he believed in: private email. He encrypted messages before storing them, so as to limit even his own access to users’ information. The service, known as Lavabit, grew to 350,000 customers—including famed leaker Edward Snowden—and Levison remained owner and operator.
Before he was famous as the man who shut down his email service rather than “become complicit in crimes against the American people,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison was a businessman whose company faced an existential threat from the United States Government—because he was trying to provide private email.