October 28, 2005

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Friday, October 28, 2005

The vast lawless frontier of cyberspace needs governing, but whose job is it? We'll look at who rules the internet now, and who used to.

Killing the Messengers

Journalists in Iraq face an increasingly dangerous situation every time they step outside their hotels. On Monday, what little sense of refuge remained inside their hotels was shattered when suicide bombers attacked the Palestine and Sheraton Hotels, home to many foreign correspondents. Reporter Mark Danner joins Brooke to discuss the ...


Tabula Rosa

As the nation mourned the death of Rosa Parks this week, most obituaries focused on the story we all know: how the humble seamstress changed history by refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. But while that account is accurate, it's only part of ...


Who Shall Remain Nameless

Politicians are well-accustomed to the chorus of cat-calls emanating from the blogosphere. But a town councilman in Delaware couldn't take the heat, and went to court to "out" one of his online anonymous critics, so that he could sue for defamation. Earlier this month, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled against ...


Masters of the Universe

At the moment, the United States sets the rules for the Internet, through the non-governmental Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Whether the U.S. will retain its hegemony, however, is uncertain; it's up for debate next month at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. Kenneth ...


Professors Longhair

In its early days, cyberspace had no formal governing body. There was just the handful of academics and engineers that had gotten the Internet up and running, people like Jon Postel. Brooke talks to John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about Postel's legacy.


Golden Girls

Fifty years ago this weekend, the nation's first "All-Girl" radio station went on the air in Memphis, Tennessee. Legendary music producer Sam Phillips launched WHER with cash he made selling Elvis Presley's record contract to RCA. To mark the golden anniversary, we present a shortened version of a radio documentary ...


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