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Why Ferguson's About Net Neutrality, Too

Michael Winship | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Yes, we're talking about preserving Net neutrality, preventing the FCC from allowing the Internet to be split into fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for the rest of us, lanes that could be clogged or blocked to prevent word from getting out about corporate and government malfeasance.

Making the Internet Work for Democracy

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.03.2014 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

Political space -- the time and interest of elected leaders -- is not guaranteed to last. We need to make the benefits of an Internet-connected society more visible and permanent.

Sorry, Ms. Jackson: Net Neutrality Is Biggest Thing Ever at the FCC

Craig Aaron | Posted 09.15.2014 | Technology
Craig Aaron

The FCC has claimed that the demand for real Net Neutrality doesn't yet match another major FCC-related outcry: Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl. But the FCC is comparing apples and oranges.

First Amendment Ignorance: Survey Reveals Land of the Free and Uninformed

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

OK, "ignorant" may be too harsh a word, but how else do we label the twin facts that only 14 percent of adults in the United States know that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the press and that nearly 30 percent cannot name a single right guaranteed by that amendment?

Until My Life is Written By God: One Man's Fight for Press Freedom in Pakistan

Rebecca Novick | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Rebecca Novick

Peshawar, in the North-Western Khyber region on the edge of the country's tribal areas, has been dubbed the "terror capital" of Pakistan for good reason.

How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

First, find who his or her biggest corporate donors are. Then check his or her record on policies that may impact the bottom lines of those companies. Does she support or oppose financial-sector reform? Has he recently signed a letter or released a statement opposing EPA curbs to coal-plant emissions?

Freedom of the Pressed

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

Here's what passes for good news when it comes to a free press these days: two weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused without comment to hear a case involving New York Times reporter James Risen.

The Fight Goes On: FCC Votes to Consider Rules That Could End Net Neutrality

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The vote was taken at the Federal Communications Commission Thursday morning, as drums pounded and hundreds of demonstrators supporting Net neutrality chanted outside FCC headquarters.

Wake Up, Internet -- Time to Save Yourself

Craig Aaron | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Craig Aaron

On May 15, the FCC will propose a new set of rules that are supposed to stop big phone and cable companies from blocking websites or discriminating against apps and services they don't like. Only as written, the rules would do pretty much the opposite.

These People HATE The Idea Of A Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media

A large coalition of media reform and consumer rights groups has written to the head of the FCC angrily protesting Comcast's proposed takeover of Time...

George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

Kraus's perplexing aphorisms and linguistic legerdemain and Orwell's sparse prose are two sides of the same argument against political euphemism employed to dehumanize and enslave a population for the sake of a 'higher good' or grosse Zeit (extraordinary times).

Russophobia, a Pretext for a War on Information

Christophe Deloire | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Christophe Deloire

You cannot snuff out the right to news and information in the same way that you seal Chernobyl's radioactivity under layers of concrete.

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

Jailed For Asking Who, What, Where and Why

Eric Matthies | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Eric Matthies

Forty in Turkey. Thirty five in Iran. Thirty two in China. Two in Russia. One in the United States. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), those numbers represent only some of the imprisoned journalists in 2013.

Net Neutrality Is Dead -- Here's How to Get It Back

Craig Aaron | Posted 03.16.2014 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Companies will rush to change the Web and line their own pockets at our expense -- creating new tolls for app makers, expensive price tiers for popular sites, and fast lanes open only to the few content providers that can afford them. It didn't have to be this way.

Journalists View Human Rights Through a Prism of Impunity

Tricia Todd | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Tricia Todd

As we reflect upon the meaning of a day to respect Human Rights, we must insist on justice for all of those who have been killed, for those who are still held captive and for those under threat, merely for their efforts to stand up for basic rights.

Controlling the Flow: Thoughts on the Free Flow of Information Act

Tricia Todd | Posted 11.14.2013 | Media
Tricia Todd

Selectively protecting some journalists, and not journalism as a whole, is detrimental to democracy and civil society. Why then do the majority of American mainstream media resources support this Act?

Friday Talking Points -- Cold War Nostalgia

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!

Committing Acts of Journalism

Tricia Todd | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Tricia Todd

Shield Laws aren't simply for protecting journalists and their sources, they are to ensure the ability for investigative journalism to continue informing the public and strengthening democracy. Cherry picking who gets protected is another way of criminalizing journalism.

Rolling Stone, You Sickened Me Today

Salvador Litvak | Posted 09.17.2013 | Media
Salvador Litvak

What kind of country do we live in? Are we at war with terrorists or not? It's wonderful that we have a robust free press, and that no government ag...

Media Wars in Egypt: The Revolution Continues With Journalists in the Crosshairs

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
Courtney C. Radsch

Upon taking power and unseating the first democratically elected (if not necessarily governing) president, the military immediately shut down several Egyptian and Arab television stations and arrested numerous journalists.

Arabs need a First Amendment

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

I thought I would use my column, which appears on US Independence Day, to celebrate one of America's most valued contribution to the world: the First ...

America the Free

John M. Eger | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
John M. Eger

As usual, the 4th of July holiday is one we seem to enjoy more than others. Of course, we will have our family barbeques, fireworks displays, parades ...

Chilling Effects: US Government's War on the Media Is Frighteningly Effective

Jason Ditz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Jason Ditz

Anyone who discovers government abuse now has to recognize that even though there are laws meant to protect whistleblowers, it is government policy to persecute and prosecute them to the full extent of the law, and then some.

Five Questions for the Next FCC Chief

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.18.2013 | Media
Timothy Karr

Many in the public interest community see Wheeler's insider status as more of a minus than a plus. Wheeler's confirmation hearing in the Senate today is the nominee's best chance to prove these skeptics wrong.