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Posts from ‘February, 2008’

Wikileaks Domain to be Restored as Judge Realizes His Error

Citizen Media Law Project: Judge in Wikileaks Case Reverses Course, is Back Online.

The Net Remembers, for Good and Bad

I have a column running on the Guardian’s website today. It’s entitled “Freedom of information” — and is reprinted below: What does a Swiss bank that does business in the Cayman Islands have in common with a Hong Kong actor who jets around the globe? They are object lessons this month in a reality that […]

WSJ Finds Scandal Only When It's Trial Lawyers in Bed with Pols

Hilariously, but unintentionally so as always, an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal entitled “Lawsuit Inc.” wails over connections between trial lawyers and state politicians: Should state Attorneys General be able to outsource their legal work to for-profit tort lawyers, who then funnel a share of their winnings back to the AGs? That’s become a […]

Citizen Media Business Issues: Review and Comparison

(This is the ninth in a series of postings about citizen media business issues. See the introduction here. All of these entries are considered to be in “beta” and will be revised and refined as they find a home on a more permanent area of the Center for Citizen Media web site. To that end, […]

A Small Breakthrough as Dallas Paper Asks Readers' Help on JFK Assassination Documents

UPDATED The Dallas Morning News implores its readers, “Help us examine the lost JFK files.” Why? Given the volume, we haven’t been able to review most of the files. That’s why were calling on you. Here’s your chance to review never-seen-before materials related to the JFK assassination. This is a breakthrough in the traditional media […]

Talking Points Memo's Polk Award a Major Step Forward

Will Bunch takes note of “A landmark day for bloggers — and the future of journalism“: But I want to highlight one Polk Award that shows there are emerging models for using the very tool at the root of the turmoil of the news business — the Internet — as a newfangled way to re-invent […]

Journalists in Fear of Their Shadows

Christopher Hitchens: Who needs a state censor when the press bites its own tongue so effectively? Do you ever wonder what is the greatest enemy of the free press? One might mention a few conspicuous foes, such as the state censor, the monopolistic proprietor, the advertiser who wants either favorable coverage or at least an […]

Out of Commission…

Been socked with the flu, and only now starting to feel human again. Postings will resume but not right away.

Comcast Blocks Data, Collects Cash

Washington Post: Comcast Defends Role As Internet Traffic Cop. Comcast said yesterday that it purposely slows down some traffic on its network, including some music and movie downloads, an admission that sparked more controversy in the debate over how much control network operators should have over the Internet. The admission, after lying to the public […]

Upcoming Minnesota Conversation on (New) Media Ethics

I’ll be visiting the Twin Cities for an event called New Media, New Standards: Ethics in Online Journalism, co-sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and Minnesota Public Radio. Hope to see some of you there…