February 8, 2008

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Show Summary: First Amendment: fact or fiction; hackers mark their turf; and an e-mail blunder ends up on the front page of the New York Times.

FOIA's Foil

Tucked away into President Bush's 2009 budget was language that eliminates the FOIA ombudsman. The newly-created position was at the heart of legislation that Bush recently signed into law, and was intended to expedite government's response to Freedom of Information Act requests. Cox Newspapers' Rebecca Carr explains that ...

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Managing Oversight

The (now vacant) Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board wrapped up its first term with its second annual report. Has the 5-member panel been a genuine check on government power, as the 9/11 Commission had in mind? Lisa Graves, of the Center for National ...

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Kenya's Fragile Press

In the midst of violence following a disputed presidential election, Kenya’s government banned all live radio and television broadcasts. This seemingly mild restriction has been surprisingly damaging to Kenya’s press, argues Ida Jooste of the media advocacy group Internews.

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Oops! I E-mailed a Reporter

If you’re a partner at a powerful law firm and your client is in secret settlement talks, you really don't want to send a confidential e-mail to the wrong person - especially not a reporter. Guess what the New York Times' Alex Berenson found in his inbox? He ...

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Guarding Piracy

Movie and record companies claim combined annual losses in the billions due to file-sharing, pitting the entertainment industry against those who believe all content wants to be free. Wired Magazine senior writer Daniel Roth describes one recent battle in the ongoing piracy wars.

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Public Address System

The legal basis for this show, the various media we cover and, frankly, for the style of our coverage is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But how well do any of us know our beloved protection? Not that well, explains Anthony Lewis in his new book Freedom for ...

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Gitmo's Pop-Culture Moment

Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg observes that Guantánamo has become a recurrent pop-cultural trope throughout the world – in memoirs and novels, visual arts and theater, and even song. Rosenberg, who has visited the prison dozens of times, believes that Gitmo has long since ...

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