Supreme Court Justices at the State of the Union Address, Internet as Human Right, and more

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Friday, January 27, 2012

The strange tradition of Supreme Court Justices attending Presidential State of the Union Addresses, the future of warantless GPS tracking, and exploring the question of internet as a human right.

A Good (and Bad) Week For Apple

For Apple, the last two weeks have been filled with praise and scrutiny. Steve Jobs was held-up as the best American business has to offer in Tuesday's State of the Union address while the New York Times reported worrying work conditions at Chinese factories that produce Apple products. Bob speaks with Wired's Steven Levy who says the bad news won't immediately change public opinion of Apple.

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The Supreme Court and the State of the Union

In 2010 President Obama used the State of the Union address to call out the Supreme Court for its recent Citizens United decision.  It was awkward, to be sure, but was it unprecedented?  And what’s the tradition that has some of the justices sitting stoically through the State of the Union anyway?  Michael W. Giles, co-author of a new study of SCOTUS and the SOTU, tells Brooke how the high court came to be addressed by the president once a year.

Oddisee - All Along The River

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The Supreme Court on GPS Tracking

This week the Supreme Court decided a case called US v Jones about the constitutionality of warrantless GPS tracking. Bob talks to Orin Kerr, George Washington University law professor and blogger for The Volokh Conspiracy about what the Supreme Court's decision means for the future of GPS tracking by law enforcement.

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Carolyn Lerner and the Office of Special Counsel

Federal employees who blow the whistle about waste, fraud and abuse don’t have many friends (or protections) in the federal government.  But in June of 2011 they got a new ally in Carolyn Lerner, the new head of the Office of Special Counsel, tasked with protecting federal whistleblowers.  Lerner talks to Brooke about the strengths and weaknesses of her new post.

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Tom Devine on Whistleblower Protections

Tom Devine, legal director for the Government Accountability Project (who worked with us on the Blow the Whistle Project last year) updates Brooke on the state of whistleblowers and whistleblower protections.

The Durutti Column - Sketch for Summer


Internet Censorship From Around the Globe

Last week, public outrage forced congress to table some bills backed by Hollywood lobbyists that would have barred access to sites accused of piracy. But Hollywood’s influence extends well beyond the US Congress. Bob talks to Rainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has created a website called Global Chokepoints that tracks pending or existing legislation worldwide (often pushed by the US and Hollywood) that would kick people or websites off the internet.

Dan Bull & Friends - SOPA Cabana

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Internet is a tool, not a human right

In the quest to find out whether or not the internet is a human right, Brooke speaks to Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet. He says that the internet is a useful tool for improving the human condition, but because it is just a tool, it doesn't rise to the level of a human right.

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Everyone Should be able to Access the Internet

Brooke asks Harvard Law professor and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society Jonathan Zittrain if access to the internet should be considered a human right.  He says that according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to receive and impart information through any media, and today's media of choice is the internet.

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