April 23, 2010

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Geoff Stone on free speech and animal cruelty, the GAO accounts for piracy, Bob finds out the point of Twitter

The Point of Twitter

Last year the buzz on Twitter was that it was a mind-bogglingly important tech innovation, the only catch being that nobody could figure out what exactly it was for. This year, the geekerati say they've finally answered that question. Bob headed over to the Twitter-centric 140 Character Conference to learn ...

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I'll Be Watching You

Written in 1986, the Stored Communications Act allows the government to obtain emails hosted on the internet more easily than they would those stored on your computer. Ryan Singel, blogger for wired.com, talks about how this law came to exist, and why it has advocacy groups and mail ...


Animal Cruelty as Free Speech

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that visual depictions of “animal cruelty” – however objectionable they may be – are protected free speech and that a federal statute criminalizing possession of such material is unconstitutional. University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone says that those of us who ...

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How Bad is Piracy? No One Knows.

The RIAA and MPAA often warn of the devastating economic effects of internet piracy. But a new government study says...not so fast. The Government Accountability Office found recently that it's impossible to quantify just how bad piracy is for the economy. Plus, they found ...

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FTC Chairman on Privacy, Net Neutrality and the Future of News

What does the Federal Trade Commission actually do? A lot, it turns out. The FTC aims to protect consumers and that means keeping an eye on internet privacy, deceptive marketing, net neutrality and even the decline of newspapers. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz discusses the agency's current top priorities.


Translating China

The internet is a highly multilingual place, but speakers from different languages still don’t interact much with each other. Bob talks to OTM producer Mark Phillips about a man named Roland Soong, one of the few people in the world who is translating Chinese web content into English.

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