September 10, 2010

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Koran burning, laptop searching and broadcast emoting

The Media Firestorm over Koran Burning

Florida pastor Terry Jones organized what he called “International Burn a Koran Day,” scheduled to take place on September 11th. And then the media paid attention. Brooke considers the consequences.

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Burn a Koran Day and the Arab World

While controversy over "Burn a Koran Day" reached a boiling point in America this week, much of the rest of the world has been following the proposed stunt for over a month. Political science professor and Foreign Policy blogger Marc Lynch says that the story fits neatly into an emerging ...

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Muslim-American Public Service Announcements

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has produced a new series of public service announcements that seek to show that American Muslims were also victims of the September 11th attacks. CAIR's Legislative Director Corey Saylor says the PSA's are a response to anti-Muslim sentiment, at its highest ...

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Suspicionless Laptop Searches at the Border

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security over its suspicionless border searches of electronic devices. While the government considers its authority to search laptops and PDAs to be consistent with its power over ...

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Is Haystack Too Good To Be True?

Watching the Iranian protests of 2009, a software developer named Austin Heap suddenly conceived of Haystack – a sophisticated software tool that would allow dissidents to mask their online activities and elude surveillance. Heap told us back in May that within a year the tool would be fully ...

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New and Old Media in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina wreaked profound devastation on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The Times-Picayune and other outlets were praised for their coverage of the aftermath, but with countless government meetings and public forums to cover, the established press couldn't do it all. Enter bloggers. Writer and organizer ...

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How Katrina Changed Crisis Reporting

Hurricane Katrina brought profound change not only to the Gulf region but to the news media and crisis reporting. Audiences watched as broadcasters reacted to government inaction and incompetence in New Orleans five years ago with visceral anger, sadness and frustration. Journalism professor Andrew Cline says that this raw emotion ...

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