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The Internet as Political Lie Detector

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.12.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth. A new Google poll found that 64 percent of battleground-state voters have used the Internet to fact-check the candidates in 2012.

Campaign Cash? Local TV News Hits Mute Button

Michael Winship | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Michael Winship

Even after Election Day has passed, pressure has to continue on Congress, the IRS, the FCC and the Federal Elections Commission -- despite its current, weakened and feckless status. Dark money has to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the light.

'Kill the Reporters'

Thomas Peele | Posted 10.31.2012 | Media
Thomas Peele

Targeting reporters to avoid scrutiny is rare in the United States, especially compared to Mexico, Russia, the Philippines and elsewhere where they are silenced with seeming impunity, but it's happened.

AT&T: Pay Me, Screw Net Neutrality

Craig Aaron | Posted 10.21.2012 | Technology
Craig Aaron

To use your phone to make video telephone calls, which could reduce the amount of voice minutes you need to buy from AT&T, you'll first need to pay AT&T more money for less data and unlimited voice minutes. What if you actually need more data? Get out your wallet, sucker.

FCC Ruling Will Save Verizon Wireless Customers Big Bucks

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.10.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission handed down a decision that could save millions of Verizon Wireless subscribers up to $240 a year.

Laughable Online Censorship Attempt Won't Last a New York Minute

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the New York state government are attempting to pass a law that would ban anonymous comments online. Even if they actually passed the act, once it arrived in a federal court it would be tossed out in a "New York minute" (as they say).

The Police, the iPhone and Your Right to Record

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.18.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

While the media landscape has changed, our First Amendment rights haven't. Freedom of the press is more important, not less, when anyone with a mobile phone and an Internet connection can act as a journalist.

Will Press Become a Hot Mess?

Nedda Alammar | Posted 07.07.2012 | Media
Nedda Alammar

Yes, now we can get information in all sorts of ways. But I have to wonder, is information enough?

Confessions From Former Middle-School 'Mean Girls'

Posted 04.19.2012 | Teen

"Every girl in this school wants to be someone else." - Bridget, 13 Let's face it: For tween girls, middle school can be a total war-zone. Bet...

BFFs, Frenemies, and Mean Girls: Teens Look Back On Middle School

Whitney Joiner | Posted 06.19.2012 | Teen
Whitney Joiner

While we all experience friend issues (and they don't go away when you hit adulthood!), for most girls, middle school is the time when the highs and lows of the friendship rollercoaster are most pronounced.

C-SPAN Is America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Brent Budowsky

While our politics have become a shouting match of pander and slander, name-calling and talking points, celebrity media and instant misanalysis, C-SPAN shines as an exemplar of what a free press in a free nation should be.

Two Roads Diverge In America Today

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Given the country's current condition and the angst and anger emanating from those controlling the political debate, we can't tell which road is "the one less traveled by."

Protecting Our Free Speech

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

After the recent Reykjavik District Court decisions penalizing a journalist for reprinting publicly-available information and presenting both sides of a domestic dispute, the Icelandic Supreme Court has taken some baby steps towards establishing a free press in Iceland.

Michael Calderone

Tensions Between Police And Media Increase Nationwide Amid Occupy Protests | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.02.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- As police crack down on the Occupy Wall Street movement, journalists covering the story continue facing arrest, harassment, and restrictio...

Mayor Bloomberg's First Amendment Problem

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.21.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

In the two months since the Occupy movement began 25 journalists have been arrested covering events across the country. More than half of these arrests have occurred in New York City, including 13 journalist arrests in the last week.

Mayor Bloomberg's Cowardice and Occupy Wall Street

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 01.16.2012 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD acted with cowardice by trying to use the cloak of night, while people slept, as a shield from the highly questionable tactics they engaged in during their raid on Zuccotti Park.

'Arab Spring:' Live by the Media, Die by the Media

Dovid Efune | Posted 01.16.2012 | Media
Dovid Efune

It is still unclear and appearing increasingly unlikely that the popular Arab uprisings of last spring will amount to any significant progress towards the creation of free and open societies.

Senate Vote Saves Net Neutrality... For Now

Craig Aaron | Posted 01.10.2012 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Today, at the least, the Senate showed it was willing to stand up to extremists who would rather waste time with partisan measures than make good policy. But the fight for the free and open Internet is far from over.

"Free Speech" Not So Free

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 12.27.2011 | Media
Iris Erlingsdottir

The Reykjavik district court has ruled truth is not a valid defense to libel. Instead, it ruled that newspapers have a duty not to publish statements about private individuals that would tend to damage their reputations even if they are true.

UVA Student Editor Avoids Discipline for Telling the Truth

Adam Goldstein | Posted 12.19.2011 | College
Adam Goldstein

Students accused of exercising constitutional rights have those rights violated from the moment a disciplinary process begins, even if the outcome is in the accused student's favor. Whether it's freedom of religion or freedom of speech, the trial itself creates a chilling effect.

High Noon for Internet Freedom

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.30.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom.

Group Challenges Net Neutrality Rules

Posted 11.28.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Public interest group Free Press filed a petition for review in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Wednesday, chal...

There's a Protest on Wall Street?

Sue VanDerzee | Posted 11.23.2011 | Media
Sue VanDerzee

It is alarming to contemplate that the continuing protest on Wall Street may be only one of the things we are not hearing about.

FCC to AT&T: Is That Your Final Answer?

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Joel Kelsey

The army of lawyers and lobbyists AT&T and T-Mobile have assembled to ram this merger through are going to need more than a conference call or two to make this deal happen.

Losing on the Facts, AT&T Turns to Smears

Dave Saldana | Posted 10.24.2011 | Technology
Dave Saldana

AT&T's deception about the need to take over T-Mobile is now in the public realm for good, exposed by its own accidental publication of an unredacted internal document on the Federal Communications Commission website.