November 25, 2017

Staving Off Traffic Jams Along Information Superhighway

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 »

How Much Do We Know About Privacy on Facebook?

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

“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’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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 »