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WikiLeaks and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The proposed SHIELD Act is plainly unconstitutional as applied to individuals or organizations who might publish or otherwise disseminate government information after it has been leaked.

Paid News, Treaties and the Indian Media: The Cause Is the Corporation

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

According to a report by the Press Council of India, the country's news media began declining in the 1980s, when the Times of India began running "advertorials." Editors were pressurized to forgo press ethics, and chase profitability.

Prosecuting WikiLeaks, Assange, and Free Speech v. Eric Holder and a New Sedition Act

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeanine Molloff

Bill Keller is wrong. He's wrong about Julian Assange, he's wrong about Wikileaks, and most importantly, he's wrong about journalism today and the ro...

Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality -- Tuesday Betrayal Assured

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The net neutrality rule, which will be voted in during Tuesday's FCC meeting, falls drastically short of earlier pledges by President Obama and the FCC Chairman to protect the free and open Internet.

Net Neutrality Supporters: "It's My Way or the Highway!"

Robert Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert Steele

I am all for thoughtful discussion -- even over compromise -- but the messages that 'net neutrality' groups are sending to the FCC read more like 'it's my way or the highway' than 'let's work together.'

Media Lit 101: WikiLeaks -- Espionage or Journalism?

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

As the world media debates whether Julian Assange is a cyber-terrorist or the next Daniel Ellsberg, and the U.S. government scrambles to stop his next classified data dump, many of the best outlets to educate the public on the matter are closing up shop.

From Jefferson to Assange

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

It is outrageous for any journalist, or respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press, not to join in Assange's defense on the WikiLeaks issue.

Free Speech Is About More Than Copyright Issues

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rick Carnes

WikiLeak's activities give us a fresh opportunity to ask some important questions that lately haven't gotten much airing. Don't speech freedoms come with at least a modicum of responsibility in their exercise?

Comcast Busted: New Tolls for Netflix Aren't All You Should Worry About

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Comcast's abuses show us what a media monopoly looks like in the Internet age -- one company, consolidating its media power to squash competitors, stifle innovation and free speech, and gouge consumers.

Comcast Kumbaya

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Public policy is designed to make it profitable for corporations to behave in ways that don't harm the rest of us. The only thing that will keep Comcast honest is clear rules of the road and a real watchdog such as the FCC to enforce them.

Who Will Head MSNBC if Comcast Takes Over?

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

If history is any guide, the Comcast-NBC merger poses an even bigger threat to the future of MSNBC personalities like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow than the recent dustup that temporarily sidelined the former.

95 Democrats Make Net Neutrality 2010 Issue

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Adam Green

Once again, progressives are working together with bold Democratic challengers, on the issue of corporate control of the Internet, to show Democratic Party leaders what it looks like to go on the offensive.

Fox News Tries to Foreclose on Sesame Street

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Every time PBS and NPR have come under attack, the American public has risen up in protest to defend -- not defund -- it. Whatever the rationale, Fox News' ongoing witch hunt tactic is a proven loser.

The King is Naked! In defense of Michele Santoro.

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Aldo Civico

There is no democracy, unless there is dissent and that dissent can be overtly expressed. It obfuscates one's mind to see how heads of states, democra...

Net Neutrality Update: Are Inmates Running the Asylum?

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

I never thought I'd see the day when Free Press would ally with the Tea Party to kill legislation from one of Congress' most respected Democrats, but that's exactly what recently happened.

Genachowski's Choice

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The fate of the open Internet now rests in the hands of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The chairman just needs to muster the courage to do right by the millions of Internet users who demand an Internet of, for, and by the people.

Free Press: How (Not) to Win Friends and Influence People

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

Free Press' tactics aren't helpful. As a Democrat, I truly believe that Free Press could be an important progressive voice at the table on how technology can contribute to putting Americans back to work.

Would You Rather Have Waffles or a Better Education?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

While Mark Zuckerberg spends his money on helping the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs get educated, Free Press buys waffles. This week has ...

Communicating -- or Propagandizing? -- Science

Karl Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Grossman

The media must take on a new vested power: scientific and technological interests. Where does the initiative in assisting scientists in "communicating science" stop and facilitating propaganda begin?

Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Al Franken warned a packed house in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues of our time.

Wild Experimentation in San Francisco's Local News Scene

Christin Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christin Evans

In San Francisco, hyperlocal sites have sprouted in all compass directions with terrific reporting of local neighborhood news.

Google Goes "Evil"

Adam Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Adam Green

Following a conference call with Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg I can now say that Google, a company that I've long admired and currently hold thousands of dollars of stock in, just "went evil."

Freedom of Information Comes to Malaysia

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zac Hill

The Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor, Malaysia created history earlier this month by tabling the nation's first piece of Right to Information legislation in the State Assembly. But the bill has its flaws.

The Best of All Possible Americas

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Our free press has been so intimidated by right-wing pressure groups and their media enablers that the job of fact-finding has been replaced by the grotesque practice of "balancing" charges with countercharges.

The Corporate Deal to Control Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Washington is under siege over Net Neutrality. On the one side, elected officials and regulators have heard from millions of citizens demanding that ...