September 23, 2017

How Much Do We Know About Privacy on Facebook?

(Photo by Franco Bouly, Creative Commons License)

How far are we willing to allow our privacy to be pushed for our social connections? In the case of the Facebook Messenger app, the answer appears to be: “Not as far as Facebook thinks.” Read More »

More Must be Done to Protect Journalists Like James Foley

James Foley in  a television interview. (Photo via videostream)

“Journalism was James Foley’s reason to live and it should never have been his reason to die.” Media organizations have a responsibility to look after their staff - too many journalists are being killed for doing their jobs. Read More »

Malala: The Journalistic Ethics of Source Well-being

Malala Yousafzaï was praised for her courage fighting for girls' right to education as she accepted the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought during a ceremony in Strasbourg. (Photo by European Parliament)

Malala’s security was not an issue as long as the poor child served the editorial interests of the elite media outlets. Read More »

Will Internet Look More Like Cable TV?

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Can the Federal Communications Commission force Internet service providers to treat all data the same? That is the question Verizon Communications presented to the U.S. Court of Appeals and the court said no. As a result, the FCC has dumped net neutrality.   The court ruled the FCC had overreached its authority by preventing broadband providers from blocking or slowing certain Internet ... Read More »

Attempt to Silence One More Journalist in Pakistan

Hamid Mir survived an attempt on his life in Karachi, Pakistan.

The space is shrinking for independent journalism in Pakistan because of continuous violence against journalists by militants and state agencies. The attack on Hamid Mir, Pakistan’s most respected journalist, proves this again. Mir survived an assassination attempt in Karachi on April 19, 2014. An unidentified gunman targeted him as he traveled from the airport to the office of Geo News, the TV ... Read More »

On its Deathbed — Media Freedom in Turkey

Turkish journalists protest against curbs on media. (Photo via

Freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained but by a despotic government. Indeed media freedom levels are a good test of the democratic health of a nation.   Turkey is in very poor health, with the government continuing to muzzle free media. The latest effort is related to the Internet. ... Read More »

Reporting from Hell: The Story of Pakistani Journalism

Pakistani journalists protesting violence against media in Peshawar in November 2013. (Photo via Facebook)

Media in Pakistan entered 2014 under the old threat to journalists’ lives. Caught in bloody crossfire between blind state power and extremist terror, journalism has always been a tightrope walk in Pakistan. Media by default is part of this war for being the sole platform to showcase the bloody drama in newspaper columns and on the airwaves.   Last year ... Read More »

Danger of Media Consolidation in Peru

A news stand in Lima, Peru's capital city. (Photo by cordelia_persen, Creative Commons License)

Nearly 80 percent of print media in Peru is now in the hands of one media group after the Aug. 23, 2013, purchase by El Comercio group of 54 percent of shares of the Empresa Periodística Nacional (Epensa) which until then ran the 14 regional editions of the newspaper Correo and other national publications.   Empresa Editora El Comercio, the umbrella media ... Read More »

The Information Counter-Revolution

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Many people in Kiev awoke Tuesday morning (January 20) to a frightening text message on their phones. “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance,” it read.   Using widely available technology, Ukraine’s dominant carriers have reportedly helped the government pinpoint the locations of their customers. Anyone with a cellphone in the vicinity of recent protests was added ... Read More »

2013: The Year in Internet Freedom

Rally and March in Washington DC against mass surveillance on October 26, 2013. (Photo by Susan Melkisethian, Creative Commons License)

To say that 2013 was just another year in the struggle to protect our online rights is quite the understatement. When the history of the Internet is written, 2013 will be considered one epic year.   Edward Snowden blew a giant hole in the corporate-government surveillance complex; nearly every week brings new information damning both government agencies and the companies ... Read More »