May 20, 2011

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Friday, May 20, 2011

French media reacts to DSK, the Syrian regime's digital dirty tricks

French Media Reaction to Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The story of former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged sexual assault against a hotel maid has been all over the American media this week. Surprisingly, it has also been all over the French media, which normally turns a blind eye to the politico's transgressions. Not anymore, says NPR’s Paris correspondent ...

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Syria's Digital Crackdown

More than 900 people are estimated to have died in street protests in Syria as Bashar Al-Asad’s government cracks down on dissent. The regime has also taken its fight online, exploiting activists’ reliance on social networking sites in order to combat opposition. The EFF's Jillian York talks about the innovative ...

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The Revolving Door

Last week, one of the FCC commissioners who voted in favor of the recent Comcast/NBC merger announced she was quitting her job for a new position—with Comcast. It's a clear conflict of interest. It's also not unique. Regulators routinely end up working in the industry they used to regulate. Washington ...

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Microsoft's Bygone Monopoly

The federal committee created to oversee Microsoft after its antitrust settlement in 1997 disbanded this month. Brooke talks to writer and Senior FTC adviser Tim Wu talks about that case and its legacy.

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The Filter Bubble

Does the internet allow users to limit their interaction to like-minded people, or does access to the World Wide Web expose users to new points of view, different from their own? The question has seemingly been asked for as long as the internet has been around. In his new book ...

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Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Morgan Spurlock's latest film is about product placement and co-promotion, financed entirely by product placement and co-promotion. Spurlock talks to Bob about his film, " Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" and about the compromises filmmakers make in order to secure Hollywood ad revenue.

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Joseph Wershba, Remembered

Joseph Wershba, a former CBS news reporter and "60 Minutes" producer died last Saturday at the age of 90. In 1948, along with Edward R. Murrow, Wershba helped produce the CBS’s first salvo against McCarthyism. We spoke to Joe and his wife Shirley in 2005 about the film "Good Night, ...

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