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License To Print

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 4:16 pm (UTC-4)
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How The 3-D Printing Boom May Run Afoul Of The Law Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE: May 15, 2013: This article originally stated that Sen. Schumer “wants to ban not just the printing of the gun, but the CAD files themselves.” While it’s accurate to say Sen. Schumer wants an update to the 1988 […]

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Who Owns The News?

Posted March 1st, 2013 at 3:18 pm (UTC-4)

Journalism’s Digital Disruptions Doug Bernard | Washington DC It went bad at the very end, and started with the #7 car. On the last lap of last Saturday’s NASCAR qualifying heat in Daytona Beach, Florida, the race cars were bunched so tightly together they appeared to be touching. Regan Smith in the #7 “Clean Coal […]

Cuba Experiments with Internet Speed, Not Freedom

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:07 pm (UTC-4)

Kate Woodsome | Washington DC Cuba, as seen through reflective puddles, windows and windshields. Photo by Zoriah. Whenever my Internet connection is slow, I try to imagine I’m using a typewriter so that I’m pleasantly surprised, rather than infuriated, by the pace and technology. It’s a mind game I learned years ago when I lived […]

UPDATE: US to UN: Hands Off The Internet

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 1:54 pm (UTC-4)

  Nations Struggle To Control What Was Designed To Be Uncontrollable Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE December 14, 17 hours UTC: Negotiations to create a consensus for new standards for Internet oversight and privacy collapsed in Dubai Friday when several nations, lead by the United States, refused to sign on to any agreement. The […]

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Internet Silence In Syria – UPDATED

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-4)

Claims That “Terrorists” Cut The Web Fall Flat Doug Bernard | Washington DC Update December 3, 1330 UTC: Renesys’ Jame Cowie writes on the company blog that Internet service has been almost fully restored in Syria. Traffic began flowing into and out of Syria at 4:30pm Damascus time on Saturday afternoon: “The restoration was achieved […]

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Regulating the Sacred and the Profane

Posted September 30th, 2012 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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Is There A Right To Not Be Offended – And Should There Be? Doug Bernard | Washington DC As arguments over freedom of speech go, this one seemed comparatively tame. Earlier this week in a New York City subway station, Egyptian-American blogger Mona Eltahawy saw an ad that she considered racist and offensive. “In any […]

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The Guilt Of Inciters

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm (UTC-4)

The “Innocence of Muslims” And The Spread Of Internet Rumor Doug Bernard | Washington DC Once again, the world is learning the hard way that in the tinderbox of religion and politics, the Internet can be gasoline. This week’s shocking attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and the subsequent killing of U.S. Ambassador to […]

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A Good Ol’ Fashioned Digital Nightmare

Posted September 12th, 2012 at 10:38 am (UTC-4)
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Ross Slutsky | Atlanta GA While the sensible thing would be for me to go to bed, a rather creepy dream still lingers in my head. So before I close my eyes and call it a night, I’ll bring my digital delusion to light. It was midday in a pleasant, if nondescript suburban neighborhood. The […]

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The Largest Social Network You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 2:37 pm (UTC-4)

The story of a tech giant overlooked by the West raises questions about streaming video, virtual currency, the digital divide, and how people use the Internet in other countries. Ross Slutsky | Washington DC  310 million registered users. Up to 8.45 million people using the site concurrently. 421 billion minutes of voice transferred in 2011. […]

China’s Internet Slap Fight

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 11:37 pm (UTC-4)

How A 50 Cent Debate Lead To Blows Ross Slutsky | Washington DC An ongoing Internet argument that recently came to physical blows in China still has many around the world scratching their heads in confusion. On one side of the fight: Zhou Yan, a crusading journalist with a fondness for dissidents and a little […]

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