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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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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

Now we have to jailbreak our Android phones, too

This article was originally published on Salon on August 23, 2010. As Google gives carriers more sway over the operating system, customers need more options When Google introduced the Nexus One smartphone early this year, we got a glimpse into what

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Tools

Google-Verizon plan: Why you should worry

This article was originally published on Salon on August 9, 2010. Ominous references to the “public Internet” inescapably suggest something else entirely So Google and Verizon had not, in fact, cooked up a special business dealfor their mutual benefit. But what

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Law

Network neutrality’s corporate adversaries

This article was originally published on Salon on August 5, 2010. Reports of backroom deals by big players that would inhibit Web freedom are unconfirmed, but should make us uneasy UPDATED The Internet is abuzz with worries that the Bloomberg news

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Law

Saving our digital heritage

This article was originally published on Salon on July 19, 2010. The Library of Congress and other preservation-minded organizations ponder how we preserve what we’re creating They’re trying to save the news. Among other things. No, this isn’t yet another

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read, Your Online Presence

Choke points leave us vulnerable

This article was originally published on Salon on July 6, 2010. Technology’s points of failure — and control — remain a constant worry even in the Internet Age The SEACOM fiber-optic cable is one of the major data conduits connecting Africa’s

Posted in Freedom to Create, Freedom to Read

Google retreats in China

This article was originally published on Salon on June 29, 2010. Search giant gives Beijing half a loaf, but will regime be satisfied? Clever dodge or capitulation? Google’s latest move in its ongoing battles with China looks like a bit of

Posted in Freedom to Read, Law, Media Business

FIFA to World Cup attendees: No replays for you

This article was originally published on Salon on June 28, 2010. Soccer czars’ ban of in-stadium video replays only postpones reality The czars of football (or soccer, as we call it in the U.S.), stung repeatedly by poor officiating in

Posted in Freedom to Read, Media Business

Entertainment Cartel Moving Toward Outer Limits of Control

UPDATED The FCC has decided that Hollywood’s copyright cartel will soon be able to control your television — and ultimately much more — remotely. This is not a joke. The FCC order “‘will allow the big firms for the first

Posted in Freedom to Read, Media Business

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