May 20, 2005

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Globalization. Can individual nations control the information flow in a wired world? Or, should a global community govern the net?

News Weak

Newsweek lied, people died. At least that has seemed to be the shorthand adopted by many news organizations in the aftermath of Newsweek's retracted item about alleged abuses at Gitmo. Cable news pundits have gone apoplectic over what they see as the latest in a long line of media indiscretions, ...


Glocal Man

Doug McGill has worked as a staff reporter for the New York Times and a foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News. But he left all that behind to take up a somewhat broader beat – the entire world. And what better place from which to cover the world than his home ...


Stranger Than Paradise

The world's smallest country is roughly the size of a basketball court, and located on an abandoned anti-aircraft deck in the North Sea. In 2000, Sealand's rulers leased its territory to HavenCo, a company that wanted to use the nation's sovereign status to evade Internet regulations. Brooke talks to Jonathan ...


Internet Rules

The world does not necessarily agree on issues like cyber-crime, intellectual property rights, privacy, and free speech. So when it comes to governing the Internet, whose rules should apply? John Palfrey, executive director of the Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, talks with Brooke about the possibilities and impossibilities ...


Inside the Great Firewall

Last month, the Chinese government was spooked by a wave of anti-Japan street protests. Not because of what the protesters were demanding, but rather by the decentralized way in which they were organized. Using online chat rooms, text messaging, and email, the leaders appeared to be everywhere and nowhere. Bob ...


Who's Books? Our Books!

Google's ambition to digitize the world's books is raising the hackles of Europe's cultural guardians, some of whom fear that American control of the digital library will exacerbate American cultural imperialism. Leading the chorus is Jean Noel Jeanneney, president of France's National Library, whose call to arms inspired the European ...


Moving Pictures, Moving Merchandise

In the 1940's, the Motion Picture Export Association, aka "the little State Department," went forth to sell the American way of life – not to mention American products – around the world. Toby Miller directs the Program in Film and Visual Culture at the University of California Riverside. He joins ...


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