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Free Speech
by Dale Blasingame

When two WDBJ journalists were murdered on live television last week near Roanoke, Virginia, the ethical debate over “how much is too much” in terms of coverage was never more evident. This is an increasingly more and more complex decision that falls on the shoulders of journalists, which is nothing unusual. But these days, technology […] more »

Free Speech
by Jefferson Yen

The rise of the Internet has given more people the ability to express and share their thoughts. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have helped like-minded people find each other and reach wider audiences. Unfortunately, that access means that bad actors and trolls can also use the platforms to threaten or harass others. […] more »

by Cori Stedman

One of the greatest tools created by the age of the Internet is the image search. Whenever you want to know who or what  someone, someplace, or something looks like, your answer is only a few clicks away. The accessibility of these images makes it a snap to add any picture to a presentation, blog […] more »

by Erica A. Hernandez

Transparency is inconvenient. It’s inconvenient for the reporter who’s trying to report the news and it’s inconvenient for the government that attempts to hide information. “It is not unique for federal officials to go to great lengths to get around having to turn over documents or respond,” Sharyl Attkisson said during a keynote address last […] more »

by Jan Schaffer

When I launched J-Lab in 2002, the best piece of advice I received was to have a lawyer draft a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the relationship between my center and its soon-to-be home, the University of Maryland. The agreement detailed how I would support my startup, who owned the intellectual property, how much the university […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Stephen J. A. Ward

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I and other journalists in Western democracies deplored the violence and defended freedom of expression against terrorism. A common defense of the satirical magazine’s barbed cartoons was “the right to offend.” Some commentators made the principle absolute, and then concluded the following: If news media did not […] more »

Legal Drama
by Alexander Howard

While it has often been derided as a do-nothing Congress, the 113th session of the legislative body of the United States of America may end up being the best for enacting open government laws in decades. After passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2013 (S.994), a historic open government data bill that President Obama signed into […] more »

by Geoffrey King

The following is a guest post from CPJ. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. The revelation that the FBI sent a fake Associated Press story containing malware to a teenager suspected of making bomb threats has brought “spear phishing” back into the public consciousness. The technique, which combines malicious software with social cues tailored […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Harassment has become intrinsic to life online for the 89 percent of American adults who are Internet users. Nearly three-quarters of adult Internet users have witnessed some form of online harassment and 40 percent have personally experienced it, according to a new Pew Research survey on the topic that’s the first of its kind. Young […] more »

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