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Culture
by Geoffrey King

The following is a guest post from CPJ. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. The revelation that the FBI sent a fake Associated Press story containing malware to a teenager suspected of making bomb threats has brought “spear phishing” back into the public consciousness. The technique, which combines malicious software with social cues tailored […] more »

Culture
by Sonia Paul

Harassment has become intrinsic to life online for the 89 percent of American adults who are Internet users. Nearly three-quarters of adult Internet users have witnessed some form of online harassment and 40 percent have personally experienced it, according to a new Pew Research survey on the topic that’s the first of its kind. Young […] more »

Culture
by Tom Lowenthal

The year is 1991, the month April. EMF is playing on the radio. The term “cyberspace” has existed for only half a decade. The world wide web won’t exist for another four months. The software engineer Linus Torvalds has only just started work on the Linux operating system. The fastest computer you can own has […] more »

Business
by Tim Karr

The following is a guest post from FreePress. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Net neutrality — the principle that protects Internet users’ free speech rights — is censorship. Did you get that? You did if you happened to be reading the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages. Former Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell recently wrote […] more »

Culture
by Jaron Gilinsky

August 2014 was a horrific month for freelance journalists. We are still mourning the loss of our colleagues, James (Jim) Foley and Steven Sotloff, Americans who entered Syria to report on the country’s violent civil war. Both were talented journalists who focused their reporting on the human rights abuses of Syrian civilians. But in their […] more »

Legacy Media
by Angela Washeck

Last week, PBS MediaShift and the Poynter Institute produced a great symposium, “Truth & Trust in the 21st Century: Journalism’s Role in Telling the Story of Violence in Chicago.” The event was sponsored by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and PR Newswire. It featured a conversation about […] more »

BookShift
by Fannie Cohen

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, a one-stop shop for books, streaming movies, and even toilet paper. And they became the world’s largest online retailer with a mix of convenient delivery and low prices that beat the competition. For authors, this has been a mixed bag — Amazon connects consumers with books that don’t […] more »

Free Speech
by Padraig Reidy

A recent court ruling in Ireland could have reintroduced the concept of criminal libel to the state, despite criminal defamation offenses being abolished as recently as 2009. The case itself was one of a particularly grim relationship break-up. Names are not available, as the people involved were also locked in a criminal case in which […] more »

Education
by Mark E. Johnson

How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as a conceptual one. When it comes to working with students, we should approach copyright from two protective angles. One is to ensure […] more »


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