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by Matt Stempeck

Image by @mstem Like Facebook and other corporate social platforms, Kickstarter last week was pressured to refine its policies governing which speech it will and will not accept and support on its platform. The catalyst for the conversation was a DoSomething.org petition with more than 50,068 signatures (in just over a day) against Ken Hoinsky‘s [...] more »

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by John Davidow

Going into last week’s meeting at Quincy District Court, Joan Kenney, the state court’s chief public information officer and I had a quick phone meeting on what we were going to talk about at an upcoming meeting with Judge Andre A. Gelinas. Judge Gelinas, a retired justice who sat on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, now [...] more »

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by David Ardia

Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University are co‐hosting a conference on September 25, 2010 in Atlanta entitled “Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You?“ Designed for journalists, bloggers, and lawyers who work with media clients, the conference will be an opportunity to learn [...] more »

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by David Ardia

Back in October, the Federal Trade Commission published a set of “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  The FTC Guidelines call for bloggers, Tweeters, Facebook users, and certain other online publishers to disclose any “material connections” they have with companies whose products or services they endorse.  The FTC Guidelines, which went [...] more »

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by David Ardia

As part of the Citizen Media Law Project’s legal guide series on documenting public proceedings and events, today we published a guide to Live-Blogging and Tweeting from Court.  Over the past year, we’ve published guides addressing how to stay out of legal trouble while documenting activities at polling places and covering the Presidential Inauguration, as [...] more »

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by David Ardia

I am delighted to announce the public launch of the Berkman Center’s Online Media Legal Network (OMLN), a new pro bono initiative that connects lawyers and law school clinics from across the country with online journalists and digital media creators who need legal help. Lawyers participating in OMLN will provide qualifying online publishers with pro [...] more »

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by Amanda Hickman

By now everyone has heard the news: EveryBlock is now part of MSNBC.com. And anyone familiar with the Knight News Challenge knows about Knight’s open source requirement: projects developed with Knight funding must be released under an open source license — it is one of the terms of funding. EveryBlock released their source code a [...] more »

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by Dan Gillmor

When public officials start talking about “protecting the children,” watch out. Those are often code words for whacking civil liberties — and in the Internet age, they go directly to core liberties such as free speech. A breaking-news example is the ugly case of Lori Drew, in which a federal judge is in the process [...] more »

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by Dori J. Maynard

In the end, it may be the cell phone that makes the difference in Oscar Grant’s death. Without it, it’s likely that 22-year old father would have been just another anonymous black man who ended up dead after a run in with law enforcement. Instead, as Grant lay face down on the platform of a [...] more »

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