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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 »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

As digital video continues to disrupt the traditional TV world, there are complications beyond just those affecting the business model. The move of video to the Net also has caused problems for viewers who need captions. Whether deaf or hard of hearing, or speakers of an obscure language, it’s often difficult for these users to [...] more »

Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece from correspondent Josh Stearns. A version of this post also appeared on FreePress.net. Tuesday’s court decision, which struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom. According to the Pew Research [...] more »

Culture
by Parker Higgins

The blogging platform WordPress.com has taken the unusual — and welcome — step of going to court to defend its users against bogus copyright claims aimed at silencing their speech on the platform. Automattic, WordPress’s parent company, has joined two separate lawsuits that seek to hold the would-be censors of legitimate lawful speech accountable for [...] more »

Business
by Paul Spinrad

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission published its long-awaited proposed rules for the most radical part of the JOBS Act of 2012. These rules set the terms for what’s called Regulation Crowdfunding, under which the general public will be allowed to invest limited amounts in small, unregistered securities. Regulation Crowdfunding represents one of the [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Carlos Miller is not one to back down. As the founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, a leading blog about free speech and press rights in the U.S., Miller has made it his mission to publicize examples of government overreach and the suppression of journalists’ and other newsgatherers’ rights. And although he [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece from correspondent Josh Stearns, and portions were adapted from Stearns’ report, “Acts of Journalism: Defining Press Freedom in the Digital Age.” This summer the Society for Professional Journalists debated a proposal to change its name to the Society for Professional Journalism. The resolution didn’t pass, but the 100-year-old organization [...] more »

Culture
by Jonathan Peters

Edson C. Tandoc, Jr., a Fulbright Scholar at the Missouri School of Journalism, co-authored this post. Earlier this month we published a scholarly article in Quorum, the online edition of the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, exploring the definition of a journalist. We culled a variety of sources that conceptualize a journalist in [...] more »

Education
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece by correspondent Josh Stearns. It’s nearly impossible to gauge the full impact of harassment of the press. How do you measure the stories that go untold because a journalist felt intimidated? How do you quantify the corruption that won’t be exposed because sources are afraid to talk? When the [...] more »


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