New York Times

Push for Internet Privacy Rules Moves to Statehouses

Location:
Springfield , IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

Now that Republicans are in charge, the federal government is poised to roll back regulations limiting access to consumers’ online data. States have other ideas.

Amid Leaks, Recalling an Epic Battle Over Press Freedom in Nixon Era

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Leaked information — its uses and abuses — lies at the heart of the current episode of Retro Report, a series of essays and video documentaries that study major news stories of the past and how they influence events today.

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.

Chairman Nunes Puts Credibility of House Panel He Leads in Doubt

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of a House panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, may have dealt his own inquiry a fatal blow.

China Bets on Sensitive US Start-Ups, Worrying the Pentagon

Location:
Pentagon, Washington, DC, 20301-1400, United States
Recommendation:
3

Chinese firms have become significant investors in American start-ups working on cutting-edge technologies with potential military applications. The start-ups include companies that make rocket engines for spacecraft, sensors for autonomous navy ships, and printers that make flexible screens that could be used in fighter-plane cockpits. Many of the Chinese firms are owned by state-owned companies or have connections to Chinese leaders. The deals are ringing alarm bells in Washington.

Opposition and a Shave: Former Obama Aides Counter President Trump

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The cultural-political revolution of the Nixon era was neither televised nor sponsored. The Trump era’s #Resistance is flipping all of that on its head.

In New York, Bringing Broadband to Everyone by 2018

Location:
New York City Hall, City Hall Park, New York, NY, 10007, United States

The dairy farmer in Halcott (NY), a town about 140 miles north of New York City, was one of the first beneficiaries of an ambitious initiative to extend broadband to every household in the state by 2018 — no matter how rural or far-flung the address — which would make New York the first state to reach that high-speed internet milestone.

How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

One secret to longevity as a pundit is to issue predictions that can’t be easily checked. So here’s one for the time capsule: Two hundred years from now, give or take, the robot-people of Earth will look back on the early years of the 21st century as the beginning of a remarkable renaissance in art and culture.

British Regulators to Investigate 21st Century Fox’s Deal for Sky

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

Britain asked regulators on March 16 to investigate whether 21st Century Fox’s $14.3 billion deal to take full control of the British satellite television giant Sky would give the media mogul Rupert Murdoch too much control over the country’s media landscape.

Trump’s Wiretap Accusations Renew Debate About Privacy

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

Even if President Trump’s wiretap claim was groundless, as seems all but certain, it has unexpectedly renewed a debate on the left as well as the right over whether security agencies invade Americans’ privacy and could undermine democracy.

The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

These days, even a labor strike can be corporatized and repurposed as public relations. The typical refrain from brands that take on a cause is that they are “using their platform” to “raise awareness” about an issue. But the internet has complicated the transaction.

Public Broadcasters Fear ‘Collapse’ if US Drops Support

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

Public radio and television broadcasters are girding for battle after the Trump administration proposed a drastic cutback that they have long dreaded: the defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Us Weekly Is Sold to National Enquirer Publisher

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Us Weekly, a celebrity magazine that has long been a staple at checkout counters, is changing hands. On March 15, American Media Inc., which owns entertainment publications ...

Facebook and Twitter Could Face Fines in Germany Over Hate Speech Posts

Location:
Germany, Germany
Recommendation:
3

Social media companies including Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to curb hate speech on their platforms and could face fines of up to $53 million if they do not strengthen their efforts to delete illegal posts, a German government minister said on March 14.

A Fumble on a Key Fafsa Tool, and a Failure to Communicate

Location:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 10th St & Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 3, families logging onto the website for federal aid found that a key component of the online application had stopped functioning.

The Choose-Your-Own-News Adventure

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A fascinating story emerged about Netflix recently. It was reported that the streaming television service was developing new interactive technology allowing viewers to direct the plots of certain television shows, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style.

Facts Are Enemies of the People

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
1

America is now governed by a president and party that fundamentally don’t accept the idea that there are objective facts.

No Health Insurance Is Hard. No Phone? Unthinkable.

Location:
Springville, UT, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the health care debate thundered away in Washington, Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) stirred up a social media squall by suggesting that uninsured Americans should invest in their own health care “rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love.”

Tech Policy, Too, Is Undergoing a Sea Change

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

Tech policy has undergone a huge change under President Donald Trump, but it doesn’t seem that a lot of the changes are getting much attention, considering everything else the administration is doing.

Fox Is Said to Settle With Former Contributor Over Sexual Assault Claims

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

Summer 2016, as it wrapped up multiple settlements after the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal, Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, were trying hard to end the ugliest chapter in its 20-year history.

WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged CIA Hacking Documents

Location:
WikiLeaks, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Recommendation:
3

WikiLeaks released thousands of documents that it said described sophisticated software tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.

How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide

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

Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was being resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been outright banned.

Democracy, Disrupted

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street Uris Hall, Room 142, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the forces of reaction outpace movements predicated on the ideal of progress, and as traditional norms of political competition are tossed aside, it’s clear that the internet and social media have succeeded in doing what many feared and some hoped they would. They have disrupted and destroyed institutional constraints on what can be said, when and where it can be said and who can say it.

The Battle Over Your Political Bubble

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the media class struggles to understand an election result few foresaw, some have blamed a quirk of modern technology. So media and tech companies are pivoting, selling us a whole suite of offerings aimed at bursting the bubbles they helped to create.

China’s Response to Reports of Torture: ‘Fake News’

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China
Recommendation:
3

“FAKE NEWS,” a Twitter post declared. “Prejudice-based,” another said. “Cleverly orchestrated lies,” a news article asserted. President Donald Trump’s harangues against the American news media appear to have inspired a new genre of commentary in China’s state media, whose propagandists spiced up social media posts and news articles with Trumpian flourishes this week.

President Trump Moves to Become Master of His Own Messages

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

A master media manipulator and storyteller, candidate Trump went without a traditional press secretary during the presidential campaign, preferring to field queries on his own. Now he is increasingly taking command of his administration’s message making, and privately expressing frustration with a White House press office under siege amid leaks and infighting.

Why the Trump Agenda Is Moving Slowly: The Republicans’ Wonk Gap

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

The last time congressional Republicans have done the major lifting of making domestic policy was President George Bush’s first term, a productive time that included an expansion of Medicare to cover prescription drugs, the No Child Left Behind education law, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that reshaped securities law, and tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. But that’s now a decade and a half ago. Only 51 of the 238 current House Republicans were in Congress then — meaning a significant majority of Republican House members have never been in Congress at a time when their party was making major domestic policy.

Barring Reporters From Briefings: Does It Cross a Legal Line?

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

“It has been held impermissible to exclude a single television news network from live coverage of mayoral candidates’ headquarters and to withhold White House press passes in a content-based or arbitrary fashion.”

Barring Reporters From Briefings: Does It Cross a Legal Line?

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

Feb 24’s developments at the White House crossed that legal line, said Jameel Jaffer, the director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

Cambodian Government Cites Trump in Threatening Foreign News Outlets

Location:
Kingdom of Cambodia, Cambodia
Recommendation:
3

In a sign that President Donald Trump’s criticism of the news media may be having a ripple effect overseas, a government spokesman in Cambodia has cited the American leader in threatening to shutter foreign news outlets, including some that receive money from Washington.