Digital Sparks // The Civil War edition

A newsletter delivered by TinyLetter. 1. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, VA, 9 April 1865 (150 years ago). But the war is not over, writes Yale professor of American History David W. Blight in this historical essay. To help frame the magnitude of the conflict, he writes: “if the Civil War were fought in the […]

Digital Sparks  // The surveillance edition

A newsletter delivered by TinyLetter. 1. John Oliver goes to Russia. And interviews Edward Snowden. Everyone should watch this video. Everyone. 2. Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires on June 1. “[We] have little to no evidence that bulk collection of telephone call records under Section 215 has ever stopped a terrorist attack.” 3. American […]