October 1, 2010

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Friday, October 01, 2010

The Stuxnet worm, adult services and the first televised presidential debate

Obama Administration Proposes Electronic Wiretaps

On Monday, the New York Times revealed a plan by the Obama Administration that would force all of the 21st century communications networks to construct the same easy wiretap capabilities that now exist for the phone. Times Washington correspondent Charlie Savage explains.

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Was the Stuxnet Virus an Attack on Iran?

Since September 26th, when the Stuxnet computer worm was found on computers at Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, media have been endlessly speculating about which country might be responsible. Security specialist Bruce Schneier says that we not only have no proof that the worm was state-backed, we still don't ...

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"Adult Services" and Craigslist

In 2001, Craigslist created a separate category on its website called "erotic services" (later renamed "adult services"). In addition to posting apartments for rent or sofas for sale, this site now facilitated sex – presumably between consenting adults. And so it went for nine years, until early last month when ...

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A Fox Presidential Primary?

Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are all deemed possible 2012 Presidential candidates. They’re also all current employees of Fox News. Not only do they draw a paycheck from the network that would cover their presidential campaigns, they’ve also signed exclusivity deals with Fox. ...

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Fox Sues Candidate Over Campaign Ad

Fox News has sued Senate candidate Robin Carnahan over an ad she released containing footage of her opponent being interviewed by a Fox correspondent. Fordham Law School professor Sonia Katyal talks about what the suit could mean for political free speech.

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The British Phone Hacking Scandal

In 2008, two men associated with a London tabloid were found guilty of hacking into the cellphone voice mail messages of the royal family and others. But in the last few months there have been indications that the scandal extends much further. Indeed hundreds of people may have had their ...

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Poisoning the Press

Jack Anderson was an investigative reporter whose syndicated newspaper column – "Washington Merry-Go-Round" – outed countless political scandals beginning in the 1950s. Only Anderson did what he had to to get the story, ethical or not, legal or not. George Washington University professor Mark Feldstein, talks about his new book, ...

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The First Televised Presidential Debate

Last week was the 50th anniversary of the televised debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. The debates, in which the telegenic Kennedy beat a nervous-looking Nixon, have become a fable in American politics for the importance of appearances. Ted Sorensen, Kennedy’s aide and speechwriter, looks back.

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