Most Americans get their news from local TV — but thanks to a new wave of media mergers, there is less and less news to find.
Score one for the good guys. In response to public pressure, Google released an updated terms of service that reversed an earlier move to prohibit the use of servers on its new fiber networks.
With more than 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots launched in the past few years U.S. cable providers are the runaway leaders in public Wi-Fi
Android is open -- except for all the good parts.
A showdown over the right many journalists claim not to testify about their sources in criminal cases is headed for the Supreme Court after a New York Times reporter asked a federal appeals court to put its ruling denying such a privilege on hold while he asks the justices to take up the issue.
If you want to watch MTV, you have to pay for ESPN, even if you don't like sports. TV viewers often complain their expensive bills include packages of channels that are bundled together. Now, Canada's government is requiring cable companies to change their pricing system. But that's unlikely to happen in the U.S.
In the months since, intelligence officials, media outlets, and members of Congress from both parties all repeated versions of the claim that NSA surveillance has stopped more than 50 terrorist attacks. The figure has become a key talking point in the debate around the spying programs. But there's no evidence that the oft-cited figure is accurate.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has been on a remarkable shopping spree for television stations across the United States. The moves have brought increased attention — and scrutiny — to the Hunt Valley broadcaster, including a sharply critical report from media watch group Free Press on how Sinclair circumvents FCC rules to operate several stations in many markets.
The fact is that most nations practice electronic surveillance and that citizens everywhere surrender personal data voluntarily to digital services and social networks. That is why free countries must place stern limits on the security institutions allowed to function in the shadows.
Just how fast is the TV station business consolidating? The anti-media consolidation group Free Press has an exhaustive report out today painting a detailed picture. The group writes that 2013 is on track to be the biggest year for broadcast television consolidation since 1999, with 211 full-power stations changing hands in the first eight months of this year.
Companies that outsource station management are sometimes called "sidecars." Sinclair is America's biggest station owner and operator, thanks in part to sidecar agreements.
Sinclair's critics say its use of sidecars blazed a trail. "The fact that the FCC didn't crack down on Sinclair is an indication to the rest of the industry that it's a model it can exploit," says Craig Aaron, CEO of Free Press, an anti-consolidation advocacy group.
A new report from the media watchdog group Free Press accuses the Federal Communications Commission of turning a blind eye toward media consolidation in the television industry.
Sen. Ted Cruz lost his battle against the new health-care law but he already has a new target in sight: the Federal Communications Commission.
The Tea Party member late Wednesday blocked the confirmation of Tom Wheeler as chairman of the FCC, saying he wanted greater assurance from President Obama’s nominee that the agency wouldn’t require more funding disclosures for political TV ads. Cruz has said that such free speech should be protected.
With prominent exceptions like Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, the technology industry is largely a men’s club. The absence of women in positions of power undermines the progressive image the industry has long tried to project, and it can’t help with its customer base, which in the case of social networking services includes slightly more women than men.
The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole -- the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines. But beyond this micro-level editing, there are also macro forces at work: The Internet largely exists for and is created by the people who are on it. The map above gives a rough idea of who those people are—or, at least, where they are.
One way for journalists to build more secure newsrooms and safer networks would be for more of them to learn and practice digital hygiene and information security. But that's not enough. We also need journalists to stand together across borders, not just as an industry, but as a community, against government surveillance.
Even at a time of fragmenting media use, television remains the dominant way that Americans get news at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Nielsen data. And while the largest audiences tune into local and network broadcast news, it is national cable news that commands the most attention from its viewers.
Here we have an extremely valuable lesson in why we need antitrust enforcement. Had AT&T absorbed T-Mobile two years ago, there’s zero chance any of these big changes would have been made.
More often than not, when we tune in to cable or fire up the Web, we are staring into the mirror, not looking out a window. If we did look out a window, we’d see government officials talking past and around one another as they all fall down a flight of stairs, perhaps a perfect reflection of the people they represent.
A single-minded focus on municipal Wi-Fi is misplaced. To maximize investments in digital infrastructure, local governments should look beyond cosmetic solutions such as municipal Wi-Fi, install a fiber-optic network, and implement a public-private model to finance the construction.