Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Samsung is alerting customers about data collection for third parties via certain Samsung products such as its smart television, Shane Harris reported for the Daily Beast. A single-line warning sentence in the middle of the sets’ Terms and Conditions states that, when the voice control feature is active, the TV sets “listen” to what is […]
Since President Obama’s inauguration, an estimated 2,464 people have been killed by drone strikes targeted outside of the United State’s declared war zones. This figure was posted in February by Jack Serle and the team at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, who have been aggregating drone strike data throughout this period of time. American drone […]
The Union Of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reports that “food and beverage manufacturers along with industry-supported organizations such as trade associations, front groups, and public relations firms” have actively sought to ensure that Americans continue to consume sugar at high levels. As the UCS report documents, the sugar industry has adopted many of the same tactics […]
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have exhibited conflicting policies in the US government’s overall approach to the gradual legalization of medical marijuana and the attendant market for marijuana production. Cannabinoid or CBD oil has been proven as an effective treatment against epileptic seizures and autoimmune disorders […]
In January 2015 the federal government increased the amount paid to Social Security recipients by 1.7%. This cost of living adjustment (COLA) lags behind the rapidly increasing cost of everyday necessities, such as food and energy. The disparity is due to the formulae government officials utilize to calculate inflation, which in turn determines payouts. The […]