The phone isn’t the problem. The problem is us -- our inability to step away from email and games and inessential data, our inability to look up, be it at an alpine lake or at family members. We won’t be able to get away from it all for very much longer. So it’s vitally important that each of us learns how to live with a persistent connection, everywhere we go, whether it’s in the wilderness or at a dinner party.
A Coast Guard investigator accompanying Maryland State Police to serve a search warrant in a weapons investigation at a Maryland home seized unrelated government documents and notes from a journalist who was the suspect's wife. The Coast Guard said its investigator was suspicious that the government documents were labeled "law enforcement sensitive."
By now it seems pretty clear that Sen. Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn't want people to know too much about it. And he definitely doesn't want you to know about the special interests that have already begun to bankroll his political ambitions. That's why the Texas senator's latest crusade targets the Federal Communications Commission -- and its efforts to better identify the funders of political ads.
There's been a lot of debate about whether the United States is falling behind the rest of the world on broadband speeds. Upgrading to the latest networking technology is essential for a faster Internet in the long run. But a country's average speed is also affected by another factor: affordability. A high-speed plan will do nothing for you if its price is out of reach for ordinary consumers. And as new research shows, Americans are still paying through the nose for what residents in some cities overseas get at a substantially lower rate.
Resignation over the status quo with media consolidation will keep our democracy fractured.
It's increasingly common for governments to use terrorism charges and national security laws to silence opposing voices.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired stations in Seattle and Portland.
The U.S. National Security Agency allegedly collected data on 60 million phone calls placed in Spain between Dec. 10 of last year and Jan. 8, according to a report based on leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Much of the speculation about the future of news focuses on the business model: How will we generate the revenues to pay the people who gather and disseminate the news? But the disruptive power of the Internet raises other profound questions about what journalism is becoming, about its essential character and values. This week’s column is a conversation — a (mostly) civil argument — between two very different views of how journalism fulfills its mission.
Gold diggers. Baby mamas. Modern Jezebels. According to a survey conducted by Essence, these are some of the stereotypes the media present in their portrayals of black women.
Four companies are taking over local TV stations across the U.S. Gannett, Nexstar, Sinclair and Tribune are using shell companies to dodge the federal ownership rules, consolidate their power and wipe out their competitors. In many communities, one company controls two, three and even four stations — and airs the same news programming on all of these outlets.
A new report by consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that the FCC has turned a blind eye to the wave of mergers and consolidations gobbling up local television stations. According to the group, companies like Sinclair Broadcast Group, Media General and Nexstar are using "shady tactics" to build "national media empires" that then erode the quality and diversity of local media and reporting.
What are we to make of Edward Snowden? I know what I once made of him. He was no real whistleblower, I wrote, but “ridiculously cinematic” and “narcissistic” as well. As time has proved, my judgments were just plain wrong. Whatever Snowden is, he is curiously modest and has bent over backward to ensure that the information he has divulged has done as little damage as possible. As a “traitor,” he lacks the requisite intent and menace.
Free Press Research Director Derek Turner wasn't afraid to give away the ending, titling his analysis of media consolidation, Cease to Resist: How the FCC's Failure to Enforce its Rules Created a New Wave of Media Consolidation.
On the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act, and in the midst of the ongoing Edward Snowden fiasco, the group Stop Watching Us is organizing a march and rally against mass surveillance in Washington D.C. on October 26.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is the second group to leave UNITY since 2011, raising questions about whether it can survive.
After Edward Snowden's leaks, public panic over how and why the government uses personal information effectively killed CISPA. Now that the dust has settled a bit, NSA director Keith Alexander is publicly asking for the legislation to be re-introduced, and two senators confirmed that they are drafting a new Senate version.
While it might serve consumers in the short run, tying Netflix more closely to the cable industry could pose a threat to the open Internet that helped give rise to the company in the first place.
Today, more people than ever are participating in journalism. People are breaking news on Twitter, covering their communities on Facebook, livestreaming, distributing news via email and writing in-depth blogs on issues of civic and community significance. Some of these people are what we’d consider “traditional” journalists working on new platforms, but many are not. In a new paper, we profile some of these journalists and highlight the emerging consensus around a new vision for press freedom, one that protects all acts of journalism.
There’s a new issue that seems to defy this pattern of dysfunction. It’s the subject of a hopeful new book, which documents the bipartisan (some would say “post-partisan”) organizing that in 2012 led to the defeat of two copyright bills that threatened the open Internet.