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UK Police Attacking Journalists Who Uncovered Police/Journalism/Government Scandal

The British voicemail hacking scandal just took a hugely dangerous turn. Scotland Yard is making war on the journalists who broke the voicemail-hacking scandal that Scotland Yard refused — corruptly or ineptly — to fully investigate on its own. The

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Will Publishers Show some Spine with Apple? The Jury is Out

Is it finally dawning on the news business that Apple is not a friend, nor an ally, nor even a partner in any true sense of the world?There are some signs of sanity emerging in the week since Apple announced

Posted in Business Models, Freedom of Speech

The FCC’s weak new “open Internet” rules

This article was originally published on Salon.com on December 21, 2010. A partisan vote on Tuesday displeases everyone. And everyone’s right The neutering of the Internet is now the unofficial policy of the Federal Communications Commission. Contrary to the happy

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Law, Rules

Some journalists stand up for WikiLeaks

This article was originally published on Salon.com on December 13, 2010. Unfortunately, they’re not American journalists It’s heartening to see some journalists standing up for principle in the WikiLeaks affair. A case in point is this letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia

Posted in Bad journalism, Freedom of Speech, Law

Defend WikiLeaks or lose free speech

This article was originally published on Salon.com on December 6, 2010. Journalists should wake up and realize that the attacks on the whistle-blower are attacks on them, too Journalists cover wars by not taking sides. But when the war is

Posted in Ethics, Freedom of Speech, Law

Online, the censors are scoring big wins

This article was originally published on Salon.com on December 3, 2010. Attacks on WikiLeaks are part of an attack on free speech, aided by the companies that make up the Web’s backbone UPDATED The WikiLeaks affair is highlighting the Internet’s soft

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Law, Your Online Presence

A few questions about the WikiLeaks release

This article was originally published on Salon.com on November 29, 2010. Among others: How secret are diplomatic cables when 3 million people have access to them? UPDATED Once again, WikiLeaks has thrown governments and journalists into a maelstrom of fear, uncertainty

Posted in Ethics, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create, Law

The WikiLeaks war logs change everything

This article was originally published on Salon on July 26, 2010. Afghanistan diaries mock secrecy and highlight shifts in war, politics, media. Look for a counterattack It’s hard to escape the sense that we’ve hit one of those historical pivot

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Law

Dear Mr. President: Please abuse your powers

This article was originally published on Salon on June 22, 2010. Unfortunately, it takes abuses before we wake up to dangers of untrammeled executive authority Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano declared the need for “legal tools to do

Posted in Freedom of Speech

AskTog Asks the Right Questions re Apple & Content Control

Bruce Tognazzini: Apple & the Dark Cloud of Censorship. In the grand scheme of things, men like William Randolph Hearst, who had a propensity for involving the United States in the occasional war as long as it would sell newspapers, was

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create

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