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Hey, did you read:
• That more than 500 authors (including five Nobel Prize winners) from 81 countries have signed a petition to the UN calling for civil rights protections against state surveillance? (“A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space.”) —Kate Schmidt
• About Dmitry Kiselev, the head of Vladimir Putin’s new government news service? —John Dunlevy
• That fans going to Super Bowl XLVIII will not be allowed to tailgate—or walk to the game? —John Dunlevy