One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of preeminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing its sixth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases demand justice. Paul Chouta, the Cameroon Web reporter who was arrested in May, denied bail, and charged with defamation and spreading false news. His case has been delayed until August 13 and he remains in a maximum-security prison. Aasif Sultan, a reporter for Kashmir Narrator, was arrested on “anti-state” charges and will have been imprisoned for one year on August 27. He has been repeatedly interrogated …

Congress Is Pissed at Facebook and the FTC

Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are furious over reports that the Federal Trade Commission is prepared to settle with Facebook over widespread privacy violations for just $5 billion. But that doesn’t mean there’s currently an acceptable bipartisan solution floating around the marble halls of the Capitol. “The terrible message sent by this tap on the wrist is that enforcement of privacy protections is a hollow paper tiger in our nation,” senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) told WIRED Wednesday. “It has to be structural and behavioral and not just monetary, and this amount of money is way too low.” Blumenthal teamed up with senators Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) in penning a strongly worded exploratory letter to the FTC earlier …

Mayor Pete Enlists a Silicon Valley Vet to Bring In the Money

Presidential campaigns get compared to a lot of things: a marathon, a film. Or a battleship. An iceberg. An "MRI of the soul." More recently, the metaphor of choice has been the tech startup. Even amid a growing backlash to Big Tech, evoking a no-nonsense startup retains some appeal, with its suggestion of scrappy agility, innovation, and single-minded focus. But at least one candidate takes the idea more literally: Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose campaign has rocketed from underdog to top-tier status seemingly overnight. “We want to build a campaign that’s a little disruptive, kind of entrepreneurial. Right now, it feels like a startup,” his campaign manager told the AP earlier this year. To help …

Trump Evicts Tech Workers, Avengers Return, and More News

Thousands of immigrant tech workers are being sent home under the Trump administration, GoDaddy is out to fight spam, and the Avengers are ready for their End Game. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Visa rejections for tech workers are soaring under President Trump On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to overhaul the H-1B visa program, an important program that draws specialized immigrant talent into American companies. But denial rates for both new applications and extensions have more than doubled since he took office, and thousands of workers who have spent years in the US are now being told to leave, some as soon as the end of the month. GoDaddy axed 15,000 …