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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 ...

FCC Doesn't Need No Stinking Rules

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

The deejays in the case of Jennifer Strange clearly knew they were promoting a dangerous stunt -- they just did not bother to tell the contestants of the danger.

In The Public Interest: More Jobs for the Same Money

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

With almost one in ten Americans currently unemployed, local governments have a special obligation to create jobs. To that end, they also have an ob...

In The Public Interest: Worst Case Scenarios Really Happen

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Hitchcock

The April 20 explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the subsequent ongoing leak of millions of gallons of oil have called attention to the fa...

The Battle to Control Media Systems: The Culture of Professionalism Versus Cultures of Direct Participation

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

The fact that professional journalists turn to democracy activists to help them "save the news" shows that journalism depends on democracy.

In The Public Interest: Why Do We Let Companies Abandon Ship on Taxes?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

While much of the focus of the BP oil spill has rightfully been on the families, the environment and the businesses affected, it has also allowed anot...