March 5, 2010

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Human flesh search engines, the First Amendment right to flip the bird, Hollywood's "uncanny valley"

Re-upping the Patriot Act

President Obama recently signed into law the re-authorization of three contentious provisions of the Patriot Act. Shane Harris, author of The Watchers, returns this week to discuss the implications for the future of American surveillance.

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Tracking Us All

The cell phone that you’re carrying doubles as a tracking device. That’s right, Verizon has a record of where you've been and now the government is seeking explicit permission from the courts to access those records without probable cause. Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Kevin Bankston explains.

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Reporting Taped

This week, journalists in Kabul learned of new restrictions against reporting, including this one: no more live coverage from the scene of a terrorist attack. Saad Mohseni heads Tolo TV , one of Afghanistan's most popular stations. He explains why the Afghan government has imposed these ...

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Search and Destroy

In China, it's hard to be anonymous online in part due to a phenomenon known as the human-flesh search engine. It's not really a search engine at all. Rather, it's a community of message board users that seek out and punish in the real world people they find ...

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Free Bird

An Oregon man made headlines recently for a lawsuit he filed against local police. He claims officers have repeatedly pulled him over, not for his driving, but because he keeps giving them the middle finger. Professor Ira Robbins says the American courts generally protect the right ...

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Quid Pro Ad Quota

The Nazi revenge thriller "Iron Cross" has received little notice and critics who have seen the film haven't been too kind. The Hollywood trade publication Variety initially slammed the film but removed its negative review following a major ad buy by the filmmakers. Was it a ...

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The Uncanny Valley

For the animators of films and video games, creating a truly human looking and acting character has long been the holy grail. But making characters close-to-real and yet not-real-enough leaves them in what's called the 'uncanny valley' where audiences find those characters unsettling, unnatural and zombie-like. OTM producer Jamie York ...

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