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Mashable: Al Franken: Net neutrality vote will be a win for free speech

This is an exciting time for people who use the Internet (and those who don’t won’t read this). On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is expected to vote to adopt new rules to protect net neutrality. By adopting these rules, the FCC will take a crucial step to ensure the Internet remains the […] Sen. Franken introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act

On Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would adress [sic] bullying and discrimination in public schools. “Kids need to feel safe in their schools in order to learn,” Sen. Franken said in a statement. “Right now, our civil rights laws explicitly protect children from bullying due to race, sex, […]

Star Tribune: Sen. Al Franken pushes television manufacturers to explain “smart TV” privacy policies

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday pressed Samsung and LG to explain how the companies’ “smart televisions” voice recognition technology works in light of media reports that the television has the capacity to capture personal conversations. The Daily Beast reported earlier this week that Samsung smart televisions have a “listening mode” and can […]

Star Tribune: Minnesota Orchestra to make historic tour to Cuba in May

The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba, following President Obama’s announced desire to normalize relations with the Caribbean island nation. CEO and president Kevin Smith told musicians shortly before a Thursday morning concert that the ensemble would play two concerts at the Cubadisco Festival in May. One of the […]

Blog Post: The Land of 10,000 Lakes is a pretty great place to live

The good folks at Politico have finally caught onto something Minnesotans have know for a long time — that the Land of 10,000 Lakes is a pretty great place to live. Politico’s data-driven analysis in their “State of the States” report from last month was based on stuff like per capita income and high school […]

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