January 23, 2009

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Friday, January 23, 2009

The challenges of updating White House technology; Child pornography laws used against children who create porn; how watching Al Jazeera changed one American's ideas about war

Blackberry Jungle

When President Obama won his fight on Thursday to keep his beloved Blackberry, White House communications leapt headlong into the 21st century. But technology and open-government expert Ari Schwartz says that with technological progress comes great responsibility.

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Changing Platforms

The Obama administration has big plans for the internet, but Wired contributor Evan Ratliff says having a Web 2.0 presidency may not be easy. Antiquated computer systems, unruly comments and federal statutes could present some technical difficulties.

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Tabula Rosa

At inaugural festivities this week, attendees honored civil rights leader Rosa Parks. But popular culture has painted a picture of Parks that doesn't accurately portray who she was. In this excerpt of an interview that originally aired in 2005, Duke Divinity School Professor Tim Tyson explains that Parks was far ...

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Peer to Peer

Last year, 49 state attorneys general created The Internet Safety Technical Task Force to study the problem of how to keep kids safer online. A year later, the task force's findings have caused some controversy. Namely that the biggest threat to kids on the internet ...

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Bodies of Evidence

Is taking naked pictures of yourself a crime? If you’re a minor, some judges say yes. Cyber-crime specialist Mark Rasch explains how the combination of teenagers and technology creates a challenge for current child pornography laws.

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Watching War

As the last of the Israeli Defense Forces left the Gaza Strip this week, we wondered how coverage by Al Jazeera might look through the eyes of a Westerner. Eric Calderwood, a Harvard graduate student living in Syria, wrote in the Boston Globe recently that, as an American, ...

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Something Like Truth

In one of its last acts, the Bush Justice Department affirmed the legality of a controversial but pain-free interrogation technique: the polygraph test. Despite its track record, the lie detector still offers a false promise of impartial, mechanical justice. Back in 2006, Brooke talked with UCLA law professor Jennifer Mnookin ...

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The Face Never Lies

The new FOX show "Lie To Me" follows a psychologist who can detect a lie by watching a person's minute facial gestures and body movements. Sounds implausible, except that much of it is real. The show's main character is based on the life and work of

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