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Recently the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Photo by Trey Ratcliff on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Edward Snowden. Photo by Steve Rhodes on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Business
by Mark Hannah

Just as the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) was commencing last year, news broke that a young ex-CIA analyst working under contract for the National Security Agency in Hawaii disclosed reams of classified documents to the media. The leak was blasted by the Obama administration as a massive detriment to America’s national security and applauded by [...] more »

Free Speech
by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months [...] more »

Free Speech
by Marianna Tzabiras

Will Burma’s reforms lead to substantial change? That question has been repeatedly asked since the political initiatives taken in 2011 were seen as steering the country towards democracy and away from its history of military rule. Three years later, assessments of Burma’s progress vary, especially around media freedom and free expression. On a recent visit [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

In less than a week, Turkish voters will cast their ballots in local elections widely seen as a test of support for embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has faced growing questions about official corruption since a high-level probe first became public in December. Although many observers believe Erdoğan will survive the current political crisis, the prime [...] more »

Free Speech
by Angela Washeck

Amid the frenzy of SXSW Interactive were a few fundamental themes: 1) mobile is here to stay; 2) social media is the lifeblood of anyone with content to share and 3) data privacy will become a commodity given today’s surveillance state. “South By” was crawling with opportunities for journalists and publishers to learn about upcoming [...] more »

Free Speech
by Mong Palatino

Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician. Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7, 2012 about former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) member Mukhamad Misbakhun (@misbakhun), calling him a crook who had stolen from Century Bank, the embattled financial institution at the [...] more »

Business
by Reuben Stern

Reporting by Olga Kyle and Reuben Stern. The Huffington Post has become one of the Web’s most successful content organizations by embracing the ethos of the digital realm and keeping up with the latest technology developments. In this report from the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab, we go inside the Huffington Post newsroom to see what [...] more »

Education
by Eric Newton

The Federal Communications Commission recently asked for public comment on its plans to streamline and increase the E-rate program for libraries and schools. Knight Foundation is helping libraries in 27 cities become digital community centers, and the Knight School at Queens University has a goal of raising the digital media literacy rate of its entire [...] more »

Free Speech
by Alex Kantrowitz

Since the end of May, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets across Turkey, using social media with great skill to propel their rebuke of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan forward. Day after day, the protesters have leaned on Twitter and other social platforms to spread information and organize demonstrations, spurring the masses into [...] more »


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