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The Benefits of Slow Journalism

Is Justice Ruth Ginsburg in poor health, or did she just lose a shoe? The answer depends on how quickly—and accurately—you get your news.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Judge Rules for Web Freedom

Yet another court has ruled against the 1994 Child Online Protection Act, a major victory for civil rights advocates. The law has been a mess from the start. With the stated goal of protecting kids from pornography, it would punish offending websites with $50,000 fines and jail time for exposing children to “harmful” material, whether intentionally or not. Innocent sites like Salon and BoingBoing could’ve been targeted under the legislation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Clinton ‘1984’ Ad Creator (Loosely) Linked to Obama

After calling on her vast army of supporters and contributors, it was only a matter of time before Arianna Huffington was able to identify Philip de Vellis as the creator of the wildly viral (and funny) anti-Hillary commercial everybody is talking about (watch after the jump). It turns out he worked for a firm employed by the Obama camp, though his boss swears he had nothing to do with the account.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


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FCC Commissioner on Net Neutrality, the Future of Media and More

Jonathan Adelstein, one of five FCC commissioners, speaks with Truthdig about the battle to control America’s airwaves, the value of an open and fair Internet and his initial thoughts on the XM-Sirius merger.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Wikipedia Changes Policy After Poster Is Exposed

The popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which draws its content from countless anonymous contributions, will institute safeguards following revelations about the identity of one of its most industrious contributors. Ryan Jordan, under the name “Essjay,” wrote thousands of articles for the site while claiming to be a theology professor but was exposed by The New Yorker as a 24-year-old college dropout.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Egyptian Blogger Faces 4 Years in Prison

Free-speech and human rights groups are decrying an Egyptian court’s decision to jail blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman for criticizing Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his online forum. Critics and fellow bloggers fear Suleiman’s four-year sentence will set the stage for more arrests and fewer alternatives to state-controlled media outlets in his country.

Posted on Feb 23, 2007 READ MORE


The Perils of Cyberbaggage

Politicians know all too well the impact the blogosphere can have on their careers, but bloggers themselves are discovering their words can come back to haunt them.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Many Iraqis Survive by Using Google Earth, Other Web Tools

According to the BBC, sites like the Iraq League site and Internet tools like Google Earth have become important means of survival in Iraq—helping Iraqis avoid death squads, plan escape routes and guard against attacks.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data With U.S. Center

Internet social network MySpace has developed a sophisticated national database of sex offenders it uses to police memberships and protect users, many of them minors. On Monday, the company announced it would share the information with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in an effort to aid law enforcement.
(h/t: Sex Drive Daily)

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers on Net Neutrality’s Motley Crew

At a media reform conference in Memphis, the PBS newsman applauded the coalition-building skills of the architects of the Net Neutrality movement. “Who would have imagined that sitting together in the same democratic broadband pew would be the Christian Coalition, Gun Owners of America, Common Cause and MoveOn.org?”

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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A Guide to Net Neutrality

If you’ve been struggling to wrap your head around the hugely important issue of net neutrality, check out this excellent primer from the coalition SavetheInternet.com. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Dan Froomkin: On Calling BS

The Washington Post’s “White House Briefing” columnist argues that mainstream journalists and media organizations will continue their decline into irrelevance if they don’t summon the courage to call BS.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


Bush and the Google

Bush Uses ‘the Google’

A CNBC host asked Bush whether he used the most popular search engine on Earth. His response betrayed an unfamiliarity with the Internet not seen in a politician since Sen. Ted “Series of Tubes” Stevens spoke out on the subject.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on Internet

Videos showing attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq have started appearing on sites like YouTube. The company is taking many down, but it can’t keep up with the volume, and they abound.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Marie Cocco:  Foley’s a Sideshow

The GOP’s coverup of Mark Foley’s Internet escapades is actually the party’s least shocking shirking of responsibility.

Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


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U.S. Loosens Grip on Internet

The Commerce Department has agreed to lessen its oversight of the Internet, a move celebrated by critics who’ve been campaigning in recent years to internationalize control of the network.

Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


Zimbabwe Goes Offline

Web surfers in Zimbabwe got a rude surprise today when an international satellite firm basically shut down the country’s Internet access after the government failed to pay a $700,000 bill. More. (Via boingboing.net)

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert
From Comedy Central

Colbert Dominating TV-Web Fusion

During last night’s (Aug. 21) show, Stephen Colbert aired fan-created video mash-ups of an earlier episode—and then urged his viewers to make more. More than anyone else on TV, Colbert is harnessing the energies and enthusiasms of his viewers to produce a better product. Huff Po’s Rachel Sklar has more.

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


Ted Stevens song

‘The Internet Must Die’

The guy behind the brilliant techno remix of Sen. Ted Stevens’ “Series of Tubes” speech has released another pro-Net Neutrality song inspired by the Alaska senator’s rantings.

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Sen. Stevens Open to ‘Daily Show’ Appearance

The Alaska senator whom Jon Stewart (and much of the world) has mocked mercilessly for his infamous “series of tubes” diatribe on Internet fundamentals, says he’d consider appearing on “The Daily Show” to defend himself. Stewart has yet to extend the offer….

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Softens Stand on Internet Control

An administration official has indicated the United States may loosen its control over the Internet.  The statement comes as something of a surprise after last year?s announcement by the Bush administration that the U.S. has no intention of relinquishing authority over its own invention.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Stewart Straight-Talks McCain on Iraq

The “Daily Show” host tells the Arizona senator, “President Bush has been very clear that through his leadership, he made the world safer…. My question to you is this: How much safer can we afford to have him make us?” When McCain wouldn’t answer straight, Stewart chided him, saying, “Don’t dodge the question.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Israelis and Lebanese Are Still Talking—on the Net

Official diplomatic relations between the two countries may be at a nadir, but young citizens on both sides are finding common ground on Internet chat boards. Says a blogger: “We have tons of things in common. We come from two of the most liberal, educated countries in the Middle East….”

  • Also: Read the back story on that infamous picture of Israeli girls writing on rocket shells.

  • Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Tech Group Appeals Wiretap Ruling

    A group of technology companies and civil liberties organizations has appealed a court ruling that would require Internet service providers to allow the government backdoor access to their systems.

    Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Ted Stevens

    Defenders of Ted ‘Series of Tubes’ Stevens: He’s Really Tech-Savvy

    Sen. Ted Stevens’ near-incoherent speech before Congress last week about Internet fundamentals (“It’s a series of tubes”) quickly made him a national laughingstock. But his defenders say Stevens simply used imprecise language, and that he really knows his Net stuff. You decide:

  • Defenders speak out
  • Jon Stewart clip
  • Techno remix of Stevens’ speech

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart on Ted Stevens

    Jon Stewart Lampoons Sen. Stevens’ Net Nonsense

    “The Daily Shows” host tees off on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech about Net Neutrality—which Stewart likened to “something you’d hear from a crazy old man in an airport bar at 3 a.m.”

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Goes Viral

    Check out a glorious techno mash-up song of Sen. Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech last week on Internet technologies, in which the 85-year-old chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee—which is debating Net Neutrality—betrayed his woefully inadequate grasp of Net fundamentals.
    (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Thuggish Far-Right Intimidation Tactics Go Mainstream

    The practice of posting the home address of someone targeted for supposed offenses (like being a member of the ACLU), until now practiced mainly by hate groups, has been embraced by “mainstream” pundits like Michelle Malkin and David Horowitz.

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Ted Stevens
    From CNN

    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Is Frightening

    As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is in charge of bills that control the future of the Internet (like Net Neutrality). So you’ll understand why we at Truthdig start crying when we read about the 85-year-old’s feeble grasp of this world-changing technology. A few Stevens quotes:

  • “An internet was sent by my staff at 10 o?clock…”
  • “What happens to your own personal internet…?”

  • Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


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    From EA

    Pentagon Shows Stunning Naivete in Video Game Flap

    Supposed Internet experts, working off $7 million in public money, reported to the Pentagon and to Congress that terrorists are retooling American video games for use as recruitment tools. Problem is, it wasn’t the terrorists who did the retooling; it was American fans—something a 10-year-old could have discovered by using Google…(more)

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Save the Internet (Today)!

    The Senate is due to vote Wednesday on the Net Neutrality bill.
    Click here and CALL. YOUR. SENATOR.
    Otherwise, when AT&T is deciding which content streams fastest to your computer, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    From Salon.com

    Salon: Is the NSA Spying on U.S. Internet Traffic?

    Two former AT&T workers have told Salon that the telecom company has maintained a secret, highly secured room in a St. Louis network operations center where, the two workers were told, employees have been “monitoring network traffic.” Salon’s security experts say the operation has all the hallmarks of an NSA operation.

  • Summary
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  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Officials Seeing New Home-Grown Terror Cells

    This is according to Scott Redd, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. These groups of Islamic radicals are made up of disaffected men in their teens and 20s who draw moral inspiration from Al Qaeda and use the Internet to organize and plan potential attacks.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems Closing Fundraising Gap with GOP

    Even RNC chairman Ken Mehlman says that the Internet has proved much more lucrative for Democratic candidates than it has for Republicans.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Net Neutrality Gets Boost From House Panel

    The panel recommended a version of the Net neutrality bill that would bar telecom companies from charging premium fees for Web companies that sell video and other content.
    This is far from a full victory, but it’s a step in that direction.

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Strange Bedfellows
    Illustration: Blair Golson

    Blockbuster Report: AT&T Allows NSA to Spy on Entire Internet

    This is the big one, folks. Wired News unearths internal AT&T documents that show how the telecom company, at the behest of the government, built “secret rooms” in cities across America that enable the NSA “to look at every individual message on the Internet and analyze exactly what people are doing.”

  • Story and AT&T internal documents
  • Wired News explains why it published the story

  • Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Telecom Companies Masquerading as Concerned Citizens

    Companies like AT&T and BellSouth are backing an organization claiming to be saving the Internet by keeping it free of “burdensome and unnecessary regulation.” But that’s nonsense. They’re the ones that want to put toll lanes on the Internet. (These are the same companies that reportedly handed over America’s phone records to the NSA.)
    Buzzflash sorts it out.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Porn Industry Beats Hollywood to Internet DVDs

    Pornography titan Vivid Entertainment will sell adult films through the Internet that can be burned to DVDs and watched on TVs. “Leave it to the porn industry once again to take the lead on this stuff,” says a think-tank analyst.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE



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    ‘Scanning’ the Darkness of Our War on Drugs

    In this summer’s most talked-about movie, “A Scanner Darkly,” Keanu Reeves stars as an undercover narcotics agent losing his grip on reality in an America that has lost the war on drugs. True, the film is a warning call, but might it also inadvertently channel us toward the very dystopia it is warning against?
    This article ran in May, but we’re trotting it out again because the movie just hit theaters this week.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Net Neutrality
    From COA News

    Free the Internet: The Movie

    If you’re disturbed by the thought of Internet service providers deciding which websites you can have access to, watch this short, entertaining and disturbing movie that crystalizes the battle now being waged over this issue in Washington and the blogosphere.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Save the Internet (No Joke)

    A coalition of conservatives and progressives has formed to defeat a law that would allow Internet provider companies to decide which sites load up the fastest—based on who pays them the most. Such a law would upend the even playing field that every site on the Web now enjoys. Check it out and contact your congressperson.
    When a right-wing blog like Instapundit and a left-wing organization like MoveOn.org get together on something, it’s worth paying attention to.

    Posted on Apr 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Cell Phones Set to Dial For Dollars

    PayPal will now allow users to buy goods and exchange money using their cell phones.
    Sweet! It’s been getting far too hard to blow money on impulse items in recent years.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Defeat Net Neutrality Proposal

    Remember John Edwards’ “Two Americas”? Well, a House subcommittee just moved us closer to a country of “Two Internets,” in which only the wealthy will enjoy the fastest connection speeds.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Google’s Wi-Fi Plan Stirs Big Brother Concerns

    The company’s free wireless service in San Francisco would allow Google to monitor all its users’ whereabouts—ostensibly to serve up location-specific advertising.
    The feeling you just got? That would be the hairs on the back on your neck rising.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Homeland Official Charged in Internet Child Seduction Case

    Homeland Security Dept.‘s deputy press secretary allegedly tried to seduce a Florida sheriff’s detective who he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
    Troubling for two reasons: (a) This shows the moral fiber of the people entrusted to spy on Americans; (b) this shows the incompetence and foolishness of the people entrusted to secure our borders—this kind of sting is the oldest trick in the book.
    UPDATE: More details on the official’s alleged criminal actions.

     

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Military Wants Control of Telecom Spectrum

    A sobering report commissioned by Rumsfeld details how U.S. military planners want to take control of the Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum, allowing America to dominate telcommunications for propaganda and psy-ops purposes.

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Supreme Court: Obscenity Still in Eye of Beholder

    The Supreme Court has decided to leave it up to individual communities to decide whether something constitutes pornography. But in the borderless Internet age, what really constitutes a community?

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Amazon Changes ‘Abortion’ Queries

    Until recently, a user who typed in “abortion” received a prompt asking, “Did you mean adoption?” The online retailer has since erased the prompt.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

    A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
    That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
    Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    politicsTV
    From PoliticsTV

    PoliticsTV Launches Amid Fanfare

    A new TV-heavy Internet site dedicated to politics launches with AMERICAblog founder John Avarosis. Looks pretty spiffy.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


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