New York Times

Rough Treatment of Journalists in the Trump Era

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

For those concerned about press freedom, the first months of the Trump administration have been troubling.

Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia
Recommendation:
2

In the summer of 2016, American spies collected information revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald Trump through his advisers.

Ex-CIA Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

John Brennan, the former CIA director, described a nerve-fraying few months in 2016 as American authorities realized that the presidential election was under attack and feared that Donald Trump’s campaign might be aiding that fight. Brennan, in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, said he was concerned by a series of suspicious contacts between Russian government officials and Trump’s associates.

Bringing the Internet to Rural India

Location:
Taradand, MP, India
Recommendation:
2

While India produces some of the world’s best coders and computer engineers, vast multitudes of its people are entering the virtual world with little sense of what lies within it, or how it could be of use to them. Those who work in development tend to speak of this moment as a civilizational breakthrough, of particular significance in a country aching to educate its children.

Roger Ailes: The Man Who Mined a Divided America

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Before Donald Trump rode the anger of forgotten (white) America to an “America First” presidency, before Breitbart News became a “platform for the alt-right” and before there were “alternative facts” and dueling versions of reality, Roger Ailes saw a divided country but an undivided news media. And he set out to change it.

Roger Ailes, Who Built Fox News Into an Empire, Dies at 77

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Roger E Ailes, who shaped the images that helped elect three Republican presidents and then became a dominant, often-intimidating force in American conservative politics at the helm of Fox News until he was forced out in a sexual predation scandal, died on May 18. He was 77.

Trump’s Urging That Comey Jail Reporters Denounced as an ‘Act of Intimidation’

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

During a private meeting in February with former-FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump floated a proposal that, even by the standards of a leader who routinely advertises his disdain for the news media, brought editors and reporters up short.

Robert Mueller, Former FBI Director, Is Named Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller III, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, dramatically raising the legal and political stakes in an affair that has threatened to engulf Trump’s four-month-old presidency.

Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apparently, Michael Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign.

White House Fights a Familiar Enemy: The Press

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the White House reeled on May 16 from a chaotic 24 hours, bookended by a pair of bombshell scoops raising serious questions about President Trump’s comportment in the Oval Office, the administration and its surrogates quickly settled on a blunt message: Blame the press.

Comey Memo Says President Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to shut down the federal investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February 2017.

Politics, It Seems, Has Jolted Even the Idiot Box Awake

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

“Americans want rage?” Actually, it seems, a good subset of them want “woke.”

Sinclair Requires TV Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States
Recommendation:
2

They are called “must-runs,” and they arrive every day at television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group — short video segments that are centrally produced by the company. Station managers around the country are directed to work them into the broadcast over a period of 24 or 48 hour

How Australia Bungled Its $36 Billion High-Speed Internet Rollout

Location:
Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Recommendation:
2

Australia, a wealthy nation with a widely envied quality of life, lags in one essential area of modern life: its internet speed.

Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
3

This is the most glaring and underappreciated fact of internet-age capitalism: We are, all of us, in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy.

Internet Regulation

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States
Recommendation:
1

Internet providers have long offered an open internet experience.

Comey Firing Provides Bright Dividing Line for Media Coverage

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The nation’s political divide has been on full display in the news media in the hours since FBI Director James Comey’s abrupt ejection from his post May 9 — and the lines are brighter than ever.

Comcast and Charter Communications Forge Wireless Alliance

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
4

As more consumers “cut the cord” on traditional cable television, businesses selling those services are responding by offering a wider range of products, hoping to retain customers. Comcast and Charter Communications amplified that trend, announcing that they would team up to offer cellular telephone and data services in the United States, entering a ferociously competitive market.

Fox’s Unfamiliar but Powerful Television Rival: Sinclair

Location:
21st Century Fox, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

But as Sinclair tries to expand by buying even more local television stations, it has locked horns with that other broadcast giant known for its political bent, 21st Century Fox. Now the battle for a bigger audience is on, as Sinclair and Fox each look to broaden their reach in the Trump era.

Giving the Behemoths a Leg Up on the Little Guy

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Every year, the internet gets a little less fair. The corporations that run it get a little bigger, their power grows more concentrated, and a bit of their idealism gives way to ruthless pragmatism. And if Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gets his way, the hegemons are likely to grow only larger and more powerful.

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Today's Quote 05.02.2017

Location:
BTIG, 825 3rd Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States

“The FCC has basically said: ‘Game on. We’re going to let you consolidate further than anyone had imagined.’”
- Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG.

President Trump Discards Obama Legacy, One Rule at a Time

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Just days after the November election, top aides to Donald Trump huddled with congressional staff members in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s suite of offices at the Capitol. The objective: not to get things done, but to undo them — quickly.

TV Station Owners Rush to Seize on Relaxed FCC Rules

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

“The [Federal Communications Commission] has basically said: ‘Game on. We’re going to let you consolidate further than anyone had imagined.’"

FCC Invokes Internet Freedom While Trying to Kill It

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

If the Federal Communications Commission, which has a 2-to-1 Republican majority, approves Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal, there will be little stopping the broadband industry from squelching competition, limiting consumer choice and raising prices.

Murdochs’ TV Deal in Britain Hinges on 3 Words: ‘Fit and Proper’

Location:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

“Fit and proper” is that so-perfectly British standard by which regulators decide whether a company should be allowed to gain and retain broadcast licenses. It’s based on the premise that those who control news, information and entertainment options on television and radio should be held to high ethical standards.

NSA Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Security Agency has halted one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless wiretapping program: collecting Americans’ emails and texts to and from people overseas that mention foreigners targeted for surveillance

The ‘Fix’ for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don’t Need

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Trump’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, announced plans to eliminate net neutrality (technically, make it “voluntary”) despite its popularity, record of success and acceptance by most of the industry. His proposal is of dubious legality. But should it succeed, the only real winners will be the cable and phone industries, which will gain yet another way to raise prices for everyone.

The Difficulties of Reporting When China Limits Your Internet

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with Jane Perlez, The New York Times’s bureau chief in Beijing.

How Trump’s Pick for Top Antitrust Cop, Makan Delrahim, May Shape Competition

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Makan Delrahim, the nominee for chief antitrust cop at the Justice Department, will have his confirmation hearing April 26.

Uber’s CEO Plays With Fire

Location:
Uber, 800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A blindness to boundaries is not uncommon for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. But in Travis Kalanick, that led to a pattern of repeatedly going too far at Uber, including the duplicity with Apple, sabotaging competitors and allowing the company to use a secret tool called Greyball to trick some law enforcement agencies.