August 17, 2017

Nearly 100 Years Ago, Baseball Almost Banned Broadcasts

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With owners deeply divided over radio, a 20-year tug-of-war would ensue. Read More »

The Web App That Made Information Free

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Wikipedia, which will turn 15 next year, can attribute its success to the unique way in which it combines free information with user convenience. Read More »

EU Divided Over Radio Spectrum Allotment

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Allotting spectrum is becoming more important as hyper-connectivity gathers pace. Europe is divided over apportionment of radio spectrum in the face of rising threats of its use by fundamentalists for recruitment. Read More »

Communities of Color Speak Out for Net Neutrality

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Over the past two months, a number of events have demonstrated that communities of color support strong open Internet protections. Read More »

The Reporter as Action Hero: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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With journalists increasingly part of the story they’re covering, the likes of Brian Williams are tempted to aggrandize in order to enhance their image. Read More »

Dangers of Journalism’s New Age

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One of three Al Jazeera journalists has been released from Egypt, and about time too. No such luck for the other two, however, who remain behind bars. Their continuing plight illustrates just how dangerous journalism can be in unstable countries, and how much more dangerous it can be when the line between politics and publication is blurred. Read More »

Obama Wants to Preserve Net Neutrality

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President Obama has called keeping the Internet free and open for everyone by preserving net neutrality. The message comes just days after news leaked that the FCC was planning on reclassifying the Internet as a utility — meaning it could face tougher regulations — but would still allow fast lanes. Read More »

Impunity Denied Us Justice: Family of Slain Pakistani Journalist

The slain journalist Saleem Shahzad.

Three years down the road as 2014 gives way to 2015 little has changed in brining the killers of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shehzad to justice. Neither have Shahzad’s killers been identified and punished nor have the recommendations of Inquiry Commission that investigated his death been implemented. Read More »

Journalists Need a Point of View if They Want to Stay Relevant

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Rather than try to stay in the middle of two polarized extremes, reporters should embrace their biases and write with intellectual honesty and a clear voice. Read More »

Staving Off Traffic Jams Along Information Superhighway

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Every major consumer group, a nationwide coalition of mayors, and thousands of startups and small businesses have joined millions of people in urging the FCC to save Net Neutrality. Read More »