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Did someone just say "Industrial Policy?"

Stan Sorscher | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Let's take a breath and step back from our circus-like introduction to the Trump era. A few weeks ago, we were trying to decode voters' messages in ...

Aha! Why We Should Fully Fund Public Interest Internships

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Elizabeth G. Taylor

Like most public interest lawyers, we remember our own "aha!" moments. They happened when we were using our fledgling legal skills to make a differenc...

If Our Gatekeepers Can't Function Properly, We Are Doomed

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.11.2016 | Education
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Barry Jason Mauer UCF Forum columnist Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor who lost his medical license in 2010, falsely claimed in a 1998 scientifi...

I'm "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," Claims the FCC Order

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Imagine you are in a kangaroo court and the judge and those across the aisle are in bed with each other and have decided -- you are guilty first, even...

We Helped Uncover the Health Crisis in Flint. Here's What We Learned

The Conversation US | Posted 02.29.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

Our "open science" research collaboration with Flint residents revealed high levels of lead, Legionella and damage to potable water infrastructure due to a failure to implement corrosion control treatment. Our work, by any measure, succeeded. But at the same time, this experience has forced us to confront broader questions.

Whistleblowers Have a Human Right to a Public Interest Defense, And Hacktivists Do, Too

Carey Shenkman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

The free flow of information is necessary for a democratic society, and this flow cannot be purely in the hands of government. This is why the rights to expression and a free and open press are among the most widely recognized rights on earth.

Bipartisan Political Agenda

Harry L. Langer | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

With control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate it is now incumbent upon the Republican party in conjunction with the President and the Democratic Minority Leaders of Congress to formulate, propose and enact a bipartisan policy agenda.

Why Google's Removal of News Links in the EU Is a Good Thing

Evan Leatherwood | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Evan Leatherwood

The furor over Google's removal of news links in the EU will, I hope, alert people to the dangers of allowing a single, commercially motivated entity to effectively be the sole gatekeeper and organizer of the Web's information.

Choosing the Right Law School

Edgar Cahn, J.D., Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | College
Edgar Cahn, J.D., Ph.D.

We need radical system change -- change that will not come from those law schools with vested interest in the status quo.

The Health Care Doctors Forgot: Why Ordinary Food Will Be the New Medicine of the Future

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

Medical schools almost completely ignore the topic. Biomedical funding agencies mostly give it a pass, at best dedicating only a small percentage of their funding for nutrition research. The public therefore must fend for itself when trying to understand which nutrition information is correct and which is not.

Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

These trade agreements regulate countries in the same way that our Constitution regulates Congress, our courts, the president, and our state governments. However, the substance -- the values -- in our Constitution are very different from values expressed in trade agreements.

The 4 (or 5) Worst Market Failures in Human History

Stan Sorscher | Posted 11.04.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

A familiar mantra of capitalism guides me: Markets are powerful and efficient. But I'm also a realist, so I temper that mantra: Markets are powerful and efficient. And markets fail. However, American economists turn their heads away at the mention of it, because it sounds like heresy.

What If We Did Trade Right?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Everyone I know is in favor of trade done right. But global trade agreements go overboard in protecting investor rights.

Off the SOPA Box and Into the Town Square

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The Internet blackout was an innovation for sure, but it still belongs in the category of advocacy politics that I'll called "Surround and Punish." What is missing is something the military calls "situational awareness."

Could Newt Gingrich Work for the Obama Administration?

Larry Ottinger | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Larry Ottinger

Political reform is urgently needed, and it is critical that we get it right. We must restore public trust in government in order to -- as Dr. King said -- "make real the promise of democracy."

Golden Calf Conservatives

Cliff Schecter | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Whether it's the bronze bull encountered by those occupying Wall Street, the fixation with a Chris Christie presidency not to be, or the ex post facto...

Take A Bow, Mr. Corwin

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.21.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Shaffer

In death, Norman Corwin is receiving a wave of posthumous attention and acclaim that is well deserved. His dramatic narratives are high points of radio's so-called 'Golden Age.'

The Abandoned Class

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Will Occupy Wall Street hold together long enough to cut to the deep chase?

Big Loss for Big Media and the FCC: Court Rejects Media Consolidation Push

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.06.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

It's not every day that you can celebrate a win for the public over big media. But on Thursday a federal appeals court threw out an attempt by the FCC and industry titans to gut media ownership limits.

Obama's Executive Order: Olive Branch to Whom?

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The president's reaffirmation of the need for regulation shows a deep commitment to an aggressive agenda of agency regulation. The order is a solid step forward in the direction of more balanced review.

How to Fix Capitalism, But Not the Media

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

Even though it will be a while before greedy media moguls follow the lead of business and try to create shared value along with acceptable shareholder returns, eventually they will have to.

Are Policies That Serve the Common Good Un-American?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas LaBier

One likely spin-off from the recent election will be a creeping redefinition of programs and policies that serve the common good as "un-American." So...

In The Public Interest: Next Up For the Supreme Court That Brought You Unlimited Corporate Campaign Cash: Do Consumers Have the Right to Band Together To Fight Corporate Crime?

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

On November 9th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a very important case that if wrongly decided will allow powerful special interests to u...

In The Public Interest: Parking Privatization: A (Cautionary) Tale of Two Cities

Alana Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alana Miller

Today, the Pittsburgh City Council decisively voted to kill a proposed privatization of its parking meters and public garages, a quick fix that would ...

In The Public Interest: The Crystal Ball of Congressional Ethics Enforcement

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

As we enter October, and the polarized election environment continues to sizzle with ethics accusations, it's a good time to take a hard look back at ...