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Saturday, September 18, 2010

EFF-PFF Amicus Brief in Schwarzenegger v. EMA Supreme Court Videogame Violence Case

By Berin Szoka & Adam Thierer

Yesterday, the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a joint amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the Court to protect the free speech rights of videogame creators and users and asking the justices to uphold a ruling throwing out unconstitutional restrictions on violent videogames. At issue is a California law that bans the sale or rental of "violent" videogames to anyone under the age of 18, among other regulations. While the law was passed in 2005, it has never taken effect, as courts have repeatedly ruled it unconstitutional. California appealed its loss at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. The case is Schwarzenegger vs. EMA.

This case has profound ramifications for the future of not just videogames, but all media, and the Internet as well. Although we've had 15 years of fairly solid Supreme Court case law on new media issues, a loss in the Schwarzenegger case could reverse that tide. In the amicus brief, we explain how the current videogame content rating system empowers parents to make their own decisions without unconstitutionally restricting this new and evolving form of free speech. Our brief is focused on three major arguments:


  1. Parental Control Tools, Household Media Control Methods, Self-Regulation and Enforcement of Existing Laws Constitute Less Restrictive Means of Limiting Access to Objectionable Content than Government Regulation of Constitutionally Protected Speech

  2. Videogame Content is Constitutionally Protected Speech Deserving Strict Scrutiny

  3. The State Has Not Established a Compelling Government Interest in Restricting the Sale of Videogames to Minors


The filing can be found online here and it is embedded down below. As always, the Media Coalition has done an outstanding job summarizing the case and listing all the major briefs filed with the Court in this matter, so check out their Schwarzenegger v. EMA page for everything you need to know about this case. GamePolitics.com also offers excellent ongoing coverage of the case.

Continue reading EFF-PFF Amicus Brief in Schwarzenegger v. EMA Supreme Court Videogame Violence Case . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:44 PM | Free Speech, Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Coping with Information Overload: Thoughts on Hamlet's BlackBerry by William Powers

Information overload is a hot topic these days. I've really enjoyed recent essays by Aaron Saenz ("Are We Too Plugged In? Distracted vs. Enhanced Minds"), Michael Sacasas ("Technology Sabbaths and Other Strategies for the Digitized World"), and Peggy Noonan ("Information Overload is Nothing New") discussing this concern in a thoughtful way. Thoughtful discussion about this issue is sometimes hard to find because, as I've noted here before, information overload is a subject that bitterly divides Internet optimists and pessimists. The pessimists tend to overplay the issue and discuss it in apocalyptic terms. The optimists, by contrast, often dismiss the concern out of hand. Certainly there must be some reasonable middle ground on this issue, no?

There is, and some of it can be found in a fine new book, Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, by William Powers. Powers, a former staff writer for the Washington Post, is a gifted storyteller and his walk though the history of philosophy and technology makes this slender volume an enjoyable, quick read. He begins by reminding us that:

whenever new devices have emerged, they've presented the kinds of challenges we face today -- busyness, information overload, that sense of life being out of control. These challenges were as real two millennia ago as they are today, and throughout history, people have been grappling with them and looking for creative ways to manage life in the crowd. (p. 5)

His key insight is that is that humans can adapt to new technology, but it takes time, patience, humility, and a little effort. "The key is to strike a balance," he says, between "the call of the crowd" and the "need for time and space apart" from it. (p. 4) The problem we face today is that all the pressure is on us to be what he calls "Digital Maximalists." That is, many of us are increasingly out to maximize the time spent in front of various digital "screens" whether we have made the determination that is really in our best interest or not. It has just gradually happened, Powers argues, because "The goal is no longer to be 'in touch' but to erase the possibility of ever being out of touch." (p. 15)

Continue reading Coping with Information Overload: Thoughts on Hamlet's BlackBerry by William Powers . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:47 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, What We're Reading

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How Many Times Has Michael "Dr. Doom" Copps Forecast an Internet Apocalypse?

How many times can FCC Commissioner Michael Copps declare the Internet dead? Like a fire-and-brimstone preacher bombastically bellowing sermons warning of the impending End Times, Commissioner Copps has made a hobby out of declaring the Internet dead and buried unless drastic steps are taken right now to save cyberspace! The problem is, he's being saying this for the past decade and yet, despite generally laissez-faire policy in this arena, the Internet is still very much alive and well.

His biggest beef, of course, is Net Neutrality regulation--or the current lack thereof. He fears that without such a "Mother, May I" regulatory regime in place, the whole cyber-world is heading for eternal damnation. Echoing the fears of other Internet hyper-pessimists, Copps concocts grand conspiracy stories of nefarious corporate schemers hell-bent on quashing our digital liberties and foreclosing all Internet freedom.

Way back in 2003, for example, Comm. Copps delivered a doozy of a sermon at the New America Foundation entitled, "The Beginning of the End of the Internet." In the speech, Copps lamented that the "Internet may be dying" and only immediate action by regulators can save the day. Copps laid on the sky-is-falling rhetoric fairly thick: "I think we are teetering on a precipice . . . we could be on the cusp of inflicting terrible damage on the Internet. If we embrace closed networks, if we turn a blind eye to discrimination, if we abandon the end-to-end principle and decide to empower only a few, we will have inflicted upon one of history's most dynamic and potentially liberating technologies shackles that make a mockery of all the good things that might have been."

But that's hardly the only such fire-and-brimstone sermon that Rev. Comm. Copps has delivered about the death of the Internet.

Continue reading How Many Times Has Michael "Dr. Doom" Copps Forecast an Internet Apocalypse? . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:33 PM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Two Schools of Internet Pessimism

[I am currently helping Berin Szoka edit a collection of essays from various Internet policy scholars for a new PFF book called "The Next Digital Decade: Essays about the Internet's Future." I plan on including two chapters of my own in the book responding to the two distinct flavors of Internet pessimism that I increasingly find are dominating discussions about Internet policy. Below you will see how the first of these two chapters begins. I welcome input as I refine this draft. ]

Surveying the prevailing mood surrounding cyberlaw and Internet policy circa 2010, one is struck by the overwhelming sense of pessimism about our long-term prospects for a better future. "Internet pessimism," however, comes in two very distinct flavors:


  1. Net Skeptics, Pessimistic about the Internet Improving the Lot of Mankind: The first variant of Internet pessimism is rooted in general skepticism regarding the supposed benefits of cyberspace, digital technologies, and information abundance. The proponents of this pessimistic view often wax nostalgic about some supposed "good 'ol days" when life was much better (although they can't seem to agree when those were). At a minimum, they want us to slow down and think twice about life in the Information Age and how it is personally affecting each of us. Other times, however, their pessimism borders on neo-Ludditism, with proponents recommending steps be taken to curtail what they feel is the destructive impact of the Net or digital technologies on culture or the economy. Leading proponents of this variant of Internet pessimism include: Neil Postman (Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology), Andrew Keen, (The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing our Culture), Lee Siegel, (Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob), Mark Helprin, (Digital Barbarism) and, to a lesser degree, Jaron Lanier (You Are Not a Gadget) and Nicholas Carr (The Big Switch and The Shallows).

  2. Net Lovers, Pessimistic about the Future of Openness: A different type of Internet pessimism is on display in the work of many leading cyberlaw scholars today. Noted academics such as Lawrence Lessig, (Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace), Jonathan Zittrain (The Future of the Internet & How to Stop It), and Tim Wu (The Master Switch The Rise and Fall of Information Empires), embrace the Internet and digital technologies, but argue that they are "dying" due to a lack of sufficient care or collective oversight. In particular, they fear that the "open" Internet and "generative" digital systems are giving way to closed, proprietary systems, typically run by villainous corporations out to erect walled gardens and quash our digital liberties. Thus, they are pessimistic about the long-term survival of the wondrous Internet that we currently know and love.


Despite their different concerns, two things unite these two schools of techno-pessimism.

Continue reading Two Schools of Internet Pessimism . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:43 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, What We're Reading

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

GAO: Wireless Prices Plummeting; Public Knowledge: We Must Regulate!

So, the GAO recently released a report on the wireless industry and found that:

The biggest changes in the wireless industry since 2000 have been consolidation among wireless carriers and increased use of wireless services by consumers. Industry consolidation has made it more difficult for small and regional carriers to be competitive. Difficulties for these carriers include securing subscribers, making network investments, and offering the latest wireless phones necessary to compete in this dynamic industry. Nevertheless, consumers have also seen benefits, such as generally lower prices, which are approximately 50 percent less than 1999 prices, and better coverage.

Now, if you are a self-described "consumer advocate," I would hope the bottom line here is pretty straightforward and refreshing: Prices fell by 50% in 10 years. That alone is an amazing success story. But that's not the end of the story. The more important fact is that prices fell by that much while innovation in this sector was also flourishing. Do you remember the phone you carried in your pocket -- if you could fit it in your pocket at all -- ten years ago? It was a pretty rudimentary device. It made calls and... well... it made calls. Now, think about the mini-computer that sits in your pocket right now. Stunning little piece of kit. It can text. It can do email. It can get Internet access. You can Twitter on it. Oh, and you can still make calls on it (but who wants to do that anymore!)

The point is, this is a great American capitalist success story that everyone -- especially "consumer advocates" -- should be celebrating. So, what does Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn have to say?

"These trends do not bode well for consumers, despite any benefits of the moment," she told Ars Technica.

Wait, what?

Continue reading GAO: Wireless Prices Plummeting; Public Knowledge: We Must Regulate! . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:05 PM | Economics, Innovation, Spectrum, Wireless

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Governments Privatizing Public Utilities Even As Some Want to Convert Internet Into One

Two articles of interest in today's Wall Street Journal with indirect impact on the debate over the future of Internet policy. First, there's a front-page story ("Facing Budget Gaps, Cities Sell Parking, Airports, Zoo") documenting how many cities are privatizing various services -- including some considered "public utilities" -- in order to help balance budgets. The article worries about "fire-sale" prices and the loss of long-term revenue because of the privatizations. But the author correctly notes that the more important rationale for privatization is that, "In many cases, the private takeover of government-controlled industry or services can result in more efficient and profitable operations." Moreover, any concern about "fire-sale" prices and long-term revenue losses have to be stacked again the massive inefficiencies / costs associated with ongoing government management of resources /networks.

Of course, what's so ironic about this latest privatization wave is that it comes at a time when some regulatory activists are clamoring for more regulation of the Internet and calling for broadband to be converted into a plain-vanilla public utility. For example, Free Press founder Robert McChesney has argued that "What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility." That certainly doesn't seem wise in light of the track record of past experiments with government-owned or regulated utilities. And the fact that we are talking about something as complex and fast-moving as the Internet and digital networks makes the task even more daunting.

Government mismanagement of complex technology projects was on display in a second article in today's Journal ("U.S. Reviews Tech Spending.") Amy Schatz notes that "Obama administration officials are considering overhauling 26 troubled federal technology projects valued at as much as $30 billion as part of a broader effort by White House budget officials to cut spending. Projects on the list are either over budget, haven't worked as expected or both, say Office of Management and Budget officials." I'm pleased to hear that the Administration is taking steps to rectify such waste and mismanagement, but let's not lose sight of the fact that this is the same government that the Free Press folks want to run the Internet. Not smart.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:49 PM | Broadband, Municipal Ownership

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Crovitz on the Great Internet Optimist vs. Pessimist Debate

I've noted here before that Gordon Crovitz is my favorite technology policy columnist and that everything he pens for his "Information Age" column for The Wall Street Journal is well worth reading. His latest might be his best ever. It touches upon the great debate between Internet optimists and pessimists regarding the impact of digital technology on our culture and economy. His title is just perfect: "Is Technology Good or Bad? Yes." His point is that you can find evidence that technological change has both beneficial and detrimental impacts, and plenty of people on both sides of the debate to cite it for you.

He specifically references the leading pessimist, Nicholas Carr, and optimist, Clay Shirky, of our time. In The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains and The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google, Carr paints a dismal portrait of what the Internet is doing us and the world around us. Clay Shirky responds in books like Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in the a Connected Age, arguing that we are much better off because of the rise of the Net and digital technology.

This is a subject I've spent a lot of time noodling over here through the years and, most recently, I compiled all my random thoughts into a mega-post asking, "Are You an Internet Optimist or Pessimist?" That post tracks all the leading texts on both sides of this debate. I was tickled, therefore, when Gordon contacted me and asked for comment for his story after seeing my piece. [See, people really do still read blogs!]

Continue reading Crovitz on the Great Internet Optimist vs. Pessimist Debate . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:35 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Net Neutrality, Banned Business Models & Price Controls

I continue to be mystified by the contention of some Net neutrality advocates that it is not a form of economic regulation. The reality, of course, is that Net neutrality would ban business models and necessitate price controls. If that ain't regulation, I don't know what is. As Robert Litan and Hal Singer note in their new Harvard Business Review essay, "Why Business Should Oppose Net Neutrality," "Non-discrimination under the FCC's net neutrality proposal means that ISPs cannot offer enhanced services beyond the plain-vanilla access service to content providers at any price." Thus, any type of service prioritization or price discrimination would be prohibited under the FCC's Net neutrality regulatory regime.

As I explained in this earlier essay and in the video below, this would be a disaster for investment, innovation, and consumer welfare. Differentiated and prioritized services and pricing are part of almost every industrial sector in a capitalistic economy, and there's no reason things should it be any different for broadband. As Litan and Singer note, "The concept of premium services and upgrades should be second-nature to businesses. From next-day delivery of packages to airport lounges, businesses value the option of upgrading when necessary. That one customer chooses to purchase the upgrade while the next opts out would never be considered 'discriminatory.'"

And let's not forget, something has to pay for Internet access and investment in new facilities. Differentiated services can help by allowing carriers to price more intensive or specialized users and uses to ensure that carriers don't have to hit everyone - including average household users - with the same bill for service. Why would we want to make that illegal through Net neutrality regulation and the misguided price control schemes of a bygone regulatory era?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:30 PM | Economics, Net Neutrality

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Google's Schmidt on Targeted Ads, Monetization & the Future of News

Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins has a terrific, wide-ranging interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt in today's paper that is well worth reading. One thing worth highlighting is Schmidt's comments on the "economic disaster that is the American newspaper." He argues that, "The only way the problem [of insufficient revenue for news gathering] is going to be solved is by increasing monetization, and the only way I know of to increase monetization is through targeted ads."

Absolutely correct. It's a point that Berin Szoka, Ken Ferree and I tried to make in PFF's mega-filing in the FCC's "Future of Media" proceeding in early May, and Berin and I stressed it in even more detail in our piece on"Chairman Leibowitz's Disconnect on Privacy Regulation & the Future of News." The key takeaway: If Washington goes to war against advertising -- and targeted advertising in particular -- then there will be no future for private news. As we stated there:

The reason for the indispensability of advertising is simple: Information (including news and other forms of "content") has "public good" characteristics that make it is very difficult (and occasionally impossible) for information-publishers to recoup their investments. Simply put, they quite literally lack pricing power: Whatever they charge, someone else will charge less for a close substitute, inevitably leading to "free" distribution of the content, even though the content is anything but free to produce. Advertising is the one business model that has traditionally saved the day by rewarding publishers for attracting the attention of an audience.

Thus an attack on advertising is an attack on media / news itself. And yet Washington is currently engaged in an all-out assault on advertising, marketing, and data collection efforts / business models.

Incidentally, Google recently submitted comments with the Federal Trade Commission in reaction to its Staff Discussion Draft about the future of journalism and laid out their views on many of these issues. More importantly, as summarized on pg. 30 (of the pdf) of this Newspaper Association of America filing to the FTC, Google has proposed an interesting monetization model that utilizes Google Search, Google Checkout and DoubleClick ad server, "to build a premium content system for newspapers." Worth checking out. Kudos to Google for taking these steps and to Schmidt for again stressing the importance of targeted advertising for the future of media.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:30 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Who Cares about Broadband?

The folks at the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project came out with another installment of their "Home Broadband" survey yesterday. This one, Home Broadband 2010, finds that "adoption of broadband Internet access slowed dramatically over the last year." "Most demographic groups experienced flat-to-modest broadband adoption growth over the last year," it reports, although there was 22% growth in broadband adoption by African-Americans. But the takeaway from the survey that is getting the most attention is the finding that:

By a 53%-41% margin, Americans say they do not believe that the spread of affordable broadband should be a major government priority. Contrary to what some might suspect, non-internet users are less likely than current users to say the government should place a high priority on the spread of high-speed connections.

This has a number of Washington tech policy pundits scratching their heads since it seems to cut against the conventional wisdom. Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post penned a story about this today ("Support for Broadband Loses Speed as Nationwide Growth Slows") and was kind enough to call me for comment about what might be going on here.

I suggested that there might be a number of reasons that respondents downplayed the importance of government actions to spur broadband diffusion, including that: (1) many folks are quite content with the Internet service they get today; (2) others might get their online fix at work or other places and not feel the need for it at home; and (3) some may not care two bits (excuse the pun) about broadband at all. More generally, I noted that, with all the other issues out there to consider, broadband policy just isn't that important to most folks in the larger scheme of things. As I told Kang, "Let's face it, when the average family of four is sitting around the dinner table, to the extent they talk about U.S. politics, broadband is not on the list of topics."

Continue reading Who Cares about Broadband? . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:14 PM | Broadband, Internet, Universal Service

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Net Neutrality & the First Amendment

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:46 PM | Free Speech, Net Neutrality

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

CNBC Debate on Net Neutrality Regulation & Pricing Freedom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:38 PM | Economics, Net Neutrality

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Harmony Institute & Free Press Seek to Create Net Neutrality Propaganda

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:23 AM | Broadband, Communications, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Net Neutrality

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Crovitz on the First Amendment, Parenting & "The Technology of Decency"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:57 AM | Free Speech

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Battle for Media Freedom: A Conflict of Cyber-Visions

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:58 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Monday, July 19, 2010

New York Times Symposium on Future of Indecency Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:03 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Is a Massive Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda Machine Really a Good Idea?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, What We're Reading

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Monday, July 12, 2010

If We Ban Violent Video Games, Why Not Violent Theme Park Attractions?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:31 PM | Free Speech, Supreme Court, Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Book Review: Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:48 PM | Books & Book Reviews

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Troubling COPPA Filing by Common Sense Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:10 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Good Resource: Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:39 AM | Books & Book Reviews, e-Government & Transparency

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Review: The Death and Life of American Journalism

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:05 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Latest Video Game "Essential Facts" Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:37 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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FCC "Third Way" Plan = Beginning of Big Government Broadband Era

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:34 PM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

event transcript: "What Should the Next Communications Act Look Like?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:44 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Communications, DACA, The FCC

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Future of Journalism & Washington's War on Advertising

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:17 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Monday, June 14, 2010

FTC Workshop Tomorrow on Future of Journalism to Consider Controversial Recommendations

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:44 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FTC, The News Frontier

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Friday, June 11, 2010

News Flash: Parenting is Happening!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:58 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

event notice: "Sending an Online Safety Message to Congress" (June 29th, 9am)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:26 PM | Events, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Growing Opposition to FTC "Saving Journalism" Media Takeover Blueprint

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:08 PM | Mass Media, The News Frontier

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Three Cheers for New Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 AM | Broadband, Net Neutrality

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Book Review: Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:13 PM | Free Speech, Intermediary Deputization & Section 230, Internet Governance, What We're Reading

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Kids, Media, Commercialism & Moral Panic

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:32 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Amazing Mobile OS Competition; Can It Last?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Innovation, Wireless

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG) Final Report Released

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:14 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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FTC Draft Plan to "Save Journalism" Drawing Scrutiny; Raising Concern

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:14 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FTC, The News Frontier

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

What We Didn't Hear at Yesterday's FTC COPPA Workshop

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:46 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Book Review: Nicholas Carr's The Shallows

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:35 PM | Books & Book Reviews

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Video Games, Media Violence & the Cathartic Effect Hypothesis

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 PM | Free Speech, Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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The Inherent Paradox in the FCC Media Ownership Rules & Latest NOI

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:28 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Monday, May 24, 2010

More on Monkey See-Monkey Do Theories about Media Violence & Real-World Crime

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 PM | Free Speech, Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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Thoughts on Democratic Proposal to Update Communications Act

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:34 PM | Communications, DACA, PFF, The FCC

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wireless Networks & Lemonade Stand Economics

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:39 PM | Economics, Innovation, Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Constructive Alternative to Net Neutrality Regulation & Title II Reclassification

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:02 PM | Broadband, DACA, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Internet Gambling & the Hypocrisy of Focus on the Family

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Google, Nexus One, Subsidized Handsets & Consumer Choices

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:35 PM | Economics, Wireless

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

event reminder: May 20th - "Can Government Help Save the Press?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:46 PM | Events, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Cord-Cutting Continues; 25% of Homes Now Wireless-Only

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:14 PM | Communications

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Will the Supreme Court Protect Kitten-Crushing Videos & Virtual Kid Porn but Not Video Games?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:00 AM | Free Speech, Supreme Court, Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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Monday, May 10, 2010

event video: "What Should the Next Communications Act Look Like?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:49 PM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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List of Major Comments in FCC "Future of Media" Proceeding

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:11 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Problem with Title II Reclassification of the Internet in a Picture

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:24 AM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PFF's Mega-Filing in the FCC's "Future of Media" Proceeding

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:44 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Statement on House Privacy Discussion Draft

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:59 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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event: May 20th - "Can Government Help Save the Press?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:16 AM | Events, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 5: Media Bailouts & Welfare for Journalists

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:29 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

event: May 7th - What Should the Next Communications Act Look Like?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:00 PM | Communications, DACA, Events, The FCC

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PFF TechCast #3: Media Vouchers & Postal Subsidies as Media Reinvention Tools

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:43 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, PFF Podcasts, The News Frontier

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Monday, April 26, 2010

comment on Supreme Court taking Calif video game case

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:56 PM | Video Games & Virtual Worlds

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

event reminder: "Cable, Broadcast & the First Amendment: Will the Supreme Court End Must-Carry?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:42 PM | Cable, Events, Mass Media

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 4: Expanding Postal Subsidies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:07 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Terrific Study on Cost of Opt-In Privacy Regulatory Regime, but...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:06 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 3: Media Vouchers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Who Said Micropayments Can't Work?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:17 AM | Economics, Mass Media

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

PFF is Hiring (Again): VP of Development & Outreach

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:45 PM |

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Healthy Skepticism among News Executives about Government Subsidies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:17 PM | Mass Media, The News Frontier

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Friday, April 9, 2010

What Accounts for Sudden Public Opposition to Internet Regulation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:16 PM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

2 Radio Shows about the Comcast v. FCC Decision

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:19 PM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Did You Say You Wanted Another Editorial on the Comcast Decision?!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:48 PM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

GetUnvarnished.com: Should We Allow User Feedback about Personal Reputation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:24 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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FCC Loses Comcast Case: End of Line for FCC's Creative Claims of Authority?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:26 AM | Communications, Net Neutrality

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event: "Digital Power and Its Discontents" (4/21 at Georgetown U.)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:28 AM | Events

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Do You Know Anyone Who Would Like to be PFF President?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:03 AM |

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

PFF TechCast #1: Proposals to Have Government "Save Media"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:35 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, PFF Podcasts, The News Frontier

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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 2: Broadcast Spectrum Fees for Public Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:13 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Free Press & Public Knowledge Try to Invent Regulatory Crisis over Sprint Short Codes

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:37 PM | Communications, Generic Rant, Wireless

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Eric Goldman on New Threats to Sec. 230

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:42 PM | Intermediary Deputization & Section 230, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Friday, March 26, 2010

event: Corn-Revere Speech at GMU (4/5) on "First Amendment & the End of History"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:21 AM | Events, Free Speech

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Steve Forbes on Free Press & Coming "Chavez-Style Media Crackdown"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:49 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Slippery Slope Alert: "National Office for Cyberspace" Proposed

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:41 AM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 1: Taxing Devices & Networks to Subsidize Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:41 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Verizon's Tom Tauke Calls for Congressional Overhaul of Telecom Act; New Regime

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:58 AM | Broadband, Communications, The FCC

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media: A New Series of Essays

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:50 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

David Burt's Amazing Guide to Parental Controls Technologies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:53 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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video: Some Thoughts on the Free Culture Debate

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:34 PM | Copyright, Open Source

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kakutani 's Look at Internet Optimists & Pessimists

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:33 PM | Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, What We're Reading

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What is a "Trust Fund for Public Media" Doing in the FCC Broadband Plan?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:16 PM | Broadband, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

4 Media Clips about FCC National Broadband Plan

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:53 PM | Broadband

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The Best Quote in the FCC National Broadband Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:57 PM | Broadband, The FCC

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

media notice: Tomorrow's C-SPAN "Washington Journal" on National Broadband Plan

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:15 PM | Broadband

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C-SPAN Makes Quarter Century of Video Archives Available Online, Free

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:58 PM |

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Monday, March 15, 2010

5 Regulatory Hot Potatoes That Could Derail the FCC National Broadband Plan

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:29 PM | Broadband

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media notice: Tuesday's Diane Rehm Show (NPR) on National Broadband Plan

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:39 PM | Broadband, The FCC

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Will the FCC's National Broadband Plan Really Be Costless?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:06 PM | Broadband

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Video with Some Thoughts on FCC's National Broadband Plan

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:08 PM |

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

More on Muni Fiber Failures

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:03 PM | Broadband, Municipal Ownership

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Would a "Citizenship News Voucher" Get Us More "Broccoli Journalism"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

We're from Government and We're Here to Help (Save Journalism)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:15 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Can These Numbers Be Right? FCC Paperwork Nightmare = 57 Million "Burden Hours"!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:42 AM | The FCC

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

testimony at FCC's Hearing on "Serving the Public Interest in the Digital Era"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:33 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stats, Stats, & More Stats (@ the Net & Online Media)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 PM | General, Internet

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C-SPAN, Civic-Minded Programming & Public Interest Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:38 PM | Cable, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The 5-Part Case against Net Neutrality Regulation (Debate vs. Ben Scott of Free Press)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:10 PM | Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PFF & EFF File Joint Comments in FCC's "Empowering Parents & Protecting Children" NOI

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:49 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Will the FCC's Nat'l Broadband Plan Be "Full Employment for Lawyers"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:17 AM | Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Are Digital Generativity and Openness Overrated?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:47 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Innovation, Internet, Open Source, What We're Reading

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Radio discussion: "Regulating the World Wide Web: A View from Abroad"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:44 PM | General

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Monday, February 22, 2010

CTIA's Refutation of Tim Wu's 2007 Wireless Net Neutrality Paper

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 PM | Economics, Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Reason TV on Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:28 PM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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The Hidden Benefactor: How Advertising Informs, Educates & Benefits Consumers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:19 PM | Advertising & Marketing

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event: FOSI Screening of PBS "Digital Nation" Documentary at NCTA

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:31 AM | Events

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Are You Watching C-Span's "The Communicators"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:12 AM | General

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Apple's App Store, Porn & "Censorship"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:24 PM | Free Speech

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Don't Believe Web Traffic Numbers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:27 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Generic Rant

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

summary of remarks at "Crisis in Journalism" event

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:39 PM | Events, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

event reminder: "The Crisis in Journalism - What Should the Government Do?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:53 AM | Events

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Monday, February 15, 2010

book review: Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:39 PM | Open Source, What We're Reading

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Digital Citizenship, Media Literacy & Child Safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:25 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Event: "The Crisis in Journalism - What Should the Government Do?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:36 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Violent Video Games & Youth Violence: What Does Real-World Evidence Suggest?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:19 PM |

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Another Sky-is-Falling Zittrain Editorial

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:01 PM | What We're Reading

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Testimony at House Hearing about Comcast-NBC Deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Some Thoughts on PBS "Digital Nation" Documentary

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:52 PM | General

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Hearings This Thursday on Proposed Comcast-NBC Deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:05 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Summary of Remarks by Daniel Weitzner (NTIA) at FTC Privacy Workshop

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:00 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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FTC Privacy Workshop: Summary of Harbour & Vladeck Remarks

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:24 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

heading to FTC's next "Exploring Privacy" workshop at Berkeley Law School

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:08 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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summary of State of the Net panel: "Antitrust in the Internet Era"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:03 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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remarks by Brian Roberts of Comcast at State of the Net

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:16 AM |

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Rep. Boucher Remarks at State of the Net

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:10 AM |

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What is All This Nonsense about Smartphone Early Termination Fees?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:20 PM | Economics, Spectrum

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State of the Net conference panel on Net Neutrality & Investment

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:35 PM | Net Neutrality

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State of the Net: summary of remarks by FCC Commissioners Copps & Baker

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:52 PM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, The FCC

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Sweden's Bildt: Tear Down These Virtual Walls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:17 PM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Some Amazing Numbers Re: Growth of Net & Social Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:29 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Citizens United Decision: Speech is Speech Regardless of the Speaker

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:56 PM | Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech

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Did Air America Die Because America is Turning to the Right?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:30 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hillary Clinton's Historic Speech on Global Internet Freedom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:34 PM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Zuckerberg, Facebook & the Privacy Paradox

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:40 PM | Privacy

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chairman Leibowitz's Disconnect on Privacy Regulation & the Future of News

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:28 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Privacy

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Smart-Sign Technology: Retail Marketing Gets Sophisticated, But Will Regulation Kill It First?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:52 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Virtual World Safety: Some Good Parenting Tips

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:22 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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AOL-Time Warner Merger at 10: Lessons for Today

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:03 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Should We Allow Internet in Cars?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:44 PM |

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Summary of Tech Policy Summit Panel 3 at CES: The Future of Copyright

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:27 PM | Copyright

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Summary of Tech Policy Summit Panel 2 at CES: The Spectrum Grab & Innovation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:54 PM | Spectrum

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Summary of Tech Policy Summit Panel 1 at CES: Future of Broadband

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:58 PM | Broadband

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Crowdsourcing & Community Policing Are Better Than Government Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:11 PM | Free Speech

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Great PBS News Hour Debate @ Impact of the Net & Technology

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:32 AM | Internet

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Free Press Calls on Feds to Halt TV Innovation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:32 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Excited to Be Heading to CES This Week!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:36 AM |

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Radio Innovation & Audio Competition in the 2000s

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:51 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Friday, January 1, 2010

How Did We Live Without These Technologies 10 Years Ago!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:50 AM | Innovation

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Are Consumers Mindless Sheep?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Privacy

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What an Amazing Decade (of Technological Progress)!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:34 PM | Innovation

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Monday, December 21, 2009

The "Problem of Proportionality" in the Debate over Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:49 AM | Net Neutrality

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mobile Micropayments: Forcing Me to Reconsider the Conventional Wisdom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:56 PM | Economics, Innovation, Mass Media

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Philly Muni Wi-Fi Fiasco Continues; Taxpayers to Pick Up Tab

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:26 PM | Municipal Ownership

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The First Amendment & Net Neutrality: Be Careful What You Wish For

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:41 AM | Free Speech, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"The Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act" Passes in House

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:24 PM | Free Speech

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More Conspiratorial Nonsense about the Comcast-NBC Deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:15 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FCC Enters Parallel Universe on First Amendment & Net Neutrality Issues

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:41 PM | Free Speech, Net Neutrality

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

review of Ken Auletta's Googled: The End of the World As We Know It

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Googlephobia

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Transcript of PFF Event on Broadcast Spectrum Reallocation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, Spectrum, The FCC

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Net Neutrality Regulation & the First Amendment

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:15 PM | Free Speech, Net Neutrality

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Jenkins on Broadcast Spectrum Reallocation Battle

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:11 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, Spectrum

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New York Times online debate about Comcast-NBC deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:10 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Comments at FTC Workshop Panel on Privacy Polls & Surveys

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:11 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

And so the Comcast-NBC Merger Hysteria Begins: Help Me Document It!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:28 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Brief History of Media Merger Hysteria: From AOL-Time Warner to Comcast-NBC

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:46 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Media Regulation

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Once Again, Power Laws Rule all Media & Digital Inequality is Unavoidable

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:03 AM | Economics, Free Speech, Internet, Mass Media

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

The "Problem of Proportionality" in Debates about Online Privacy and Child Safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:45 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Is There Really Any Shortage of Good Programming Options for Kids?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:12 PM | Mass Media, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Cutting the Video Cord: Clicker.com

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 AM | Cutting the Video Cord, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Is Wikipedia Dying or Just Maturing?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:10 PM | Innovation, Open Source

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Monday, November 23, 2009

A "Public Option" for Media? The Free Press Plan to Put Journalists on the Public Dole

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:31 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Apple & the iPhone App Store Approval Process

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:09 PM | Innovation

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Wireless Bandwidth Crunch: Where Will We Find More Spectrum?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:48 PM | Broadband, Spectrum

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Is the FCC Becoming the Federal Cloud Commission?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:18 PM | Communications, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Even Media Moguls Often Underestimate How Dynamic Markets Can Be

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:46 PM | Mass Media

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Son of COPA?: H.R. 4059, "The Online Age Verification and Child Safety Act"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:59 PM | Free Speech

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event: Dec. 1st Debate about Future of Broadcast TV Spectrum

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:17 AM | Events, Mass Media, Spectrum

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oh Farts! The Droid, the iPhone & the Lessig-Zittrain Thesis

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:15 PM | Commons, Innovation, Internet, What We're Reading, Wireless

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Let's Make a Deal: Broadcasters, Mobile Broadband, and a Market in Spectrum

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:24 PM | Media Regulation, Spectrum

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Net Cetera": An Outstanding New Government Online Safety Resource

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:20 PM | Free Speech

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Does TV Cause Violence Against Women? PTC's "Women in Peril" Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:00 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

event notice: "Media, Kids & The First Amendment" (11/2 at Noon)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 PM | Free Speech

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3 Cheers for Hillary Clinton's Stand on Religious Defamation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:08 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, October 26, 2009

event reminder: "Coase's FCC at 50" (Thur. 9am at George Mason Law School)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:16 PM | Spectrum, The FCC

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

FCC's New Notice on "Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:57 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Net Neutrality, Trade-Offs & the "Bandwidth Hog Tax"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:57 PM | Net Neutrality

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Video Games, Free Speech & the Lunacy of "Ecogenerism"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:10 PM | Free Speech

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

review: A Better Pencil by Dennis Baron

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:04 AM | Books & Book Reviews, What We're Reading

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Dangers of Government-Subsidized News

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:28 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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My Testimony at Hearing on "Video Competition in a Digital Age"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:37 PM |

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cash-For-TV-Spectrum Scheme vs. A Property Rights Solution

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:19 PM | Spectrum

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

George Ou & Bret Swanson on Berkman Broadband Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:28 PM | Broadband, Net Neutrality

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Intel "Holiday Mobile Etiquette" Poll

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:46 PM | Generic Rant, Wireless

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Crovitz on FTC Blogger Rules

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:25 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

IAB's Brilliant Open Letter to the FTC on Blogger Rules

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:59 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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Wal-Mart, Cell Phones & Mobile Marketplace Pricing Competition

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:28 AM | Wireless

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wireless Innovation is Alive & Well: Two New Reports Set the Record Straight

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:03 PM | Innovation, Wireless

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Video from my Second Life Discussion about Government's Place in Virtual Worlds

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:55 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

4.1 Billion Mobile Text Messeges & 6.4 Billion Minutes of Use Per Day

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 PM | Wireless

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What I Don't Get about the FTC's New Blogger Guidelines

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:42 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, The FTC

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Why Congestion Pricing for the iPhone & Broadband Makes Sense

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:02 PM | Economics, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, Wireless

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Come Hear Me Speak in Second Life on Wed. at 3 EST / 12 PST

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:35 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Combating Online Hate Speech

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:19 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Heading to Oxford Univ. for Forum on "Child Protection, Free Speech and the Internet"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:06 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Is Apple's iPhone the End of Innovation? Hahn & Singer on Handset Exclusivity Fears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:29 PM | Innovation, Net Neutrality, Spectrum, Wireless

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Recap of PFF Hill Event on "Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety Efforts"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:25 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Google Voice & the Slippery Slope of Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:18 PM | Net Neutrality

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Economic Value of Unlicensed Spectrum

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:56 PM | Commons, Spectrum, Wireless

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jenkins on Net Neutrality & Free Press Hypocrisy over Metering

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:47 PM | Economics, Net Neutrality

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Apple, Spotify & the Threat of FCC High-Tech Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:29 AM | Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Day Real Internet Freedom Died: Our Forbes Op-Ed on Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:52 PM | Broadband, Net Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Wireless

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Obama Should Just Say No To Newspaper Bailouts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gary Reback's Antitrust Love Letter

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:09 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Books & Book Reviews

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Skype, Child Safety & the Worse Case Scenario Mentality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:24 AM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

You'd Have to Be Smoking Dope to Believe the Zittrain-Lessig Thesis

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 PM | Commons, Net Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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FTC Announces Roundtables on "Evolving Consumer Privacy Issues"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:03 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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The Irony of Mandatory Filtering in China vs. the U.S.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:37 PM | China, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, September 14, 2009

List of Recent of State Cyberbullying Measures

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Crovitz on the Regulation of Free Speech in an Age of Abundance

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:04 PM | Free Speech

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Thank You Dennis McCauley of Game Politics.com

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:46 AM | Generic Rant

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The Fiction of Forced Access "Competition" Revisited

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:02 AM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Will Our Twitter Free Ride End or Will Targeted Advertising Subsidize Us?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:23 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

iProvo: More Problems in Public Utility Paradise

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:57 PM | Municipal Ownership

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

More Inflated FCC Indecency Complaints

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:43 PM | Free Speech

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Is There a Relationship Between Online Safety Concerns and Broadband Uptake?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:43 PM | Broadband, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

"Google Bigotry," Corporate-Bashing & Human Envy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:45 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Googlephobia, Privacy

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Why We Don't Need "Five 9s" Network Reliability Anymore

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:47 PM | Economics, Generic Rant

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

George Ou Sets the Record Straight on Bandwidth Usage Caps

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:41 PM | Broadband, Economics, Net Neutrality

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Guidelines & Best Practices for Anonymous Blogging (Pt.2)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:06 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Collier & Magid's "Online Safety 3.0": A Refreshing Approach to Internet Safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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LA Times on the "Overreaction to Online Harassment"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Can Humans Cope with Information Overload? Tyler Cowen & John Freeman Join the Debate

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:26 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Good Advice for Parents & Kids about Online Privacy & Reputation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:43 AM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Fairness Doctrine for the FCC Blog?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:09 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Transcript of 7/27 PFF Event on Child Safety, Privacy, and Free Speech

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:49 PM | Events, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, PFF Podcasts

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What Unites Advocates of Speech Controls & Privacy Regulation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Free Press, Robert McChesney & the "Struggle" for Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Slate's Manjoo on Apple iPhone Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:05 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Wireless

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Should You Really Need a License to Run a Video Arcade?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:32 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant

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Where is FCC Authority to Regulate in Apple-Google Spat? What are the Costs?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:30 PM | Communications, Spectrum

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Again, Antitrust Law Can't Keep Up with High-Tech

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:11 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Book Review: Digital Barbarism by Mark Helprin

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Antitrust Law Can't Keep Up with High-Tech

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:16 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Economics

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments Turns 250

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Capitalism, Economics, General, Generic Rant, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Monday, July 27, 2009

"Parental Controls & Online Child Protection" PFF special report (Version 4.0 Release)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:05 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

We Are Living in the Golden Age of Children's Programming

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:33 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wired on Google's Coming Antitrust Nightmare

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 AM | Googlephobia

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Zittrain's Pessimistic Predictions and Problematic Prescriptions for the Net

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:52 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Books & Book Reviews, Capitalism, Googlephobia, Googlephobia, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy, Search

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Privacy Solutions (Part 5): CCleaner

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:13 PM | Privacy, Privacy Solutions

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Australian Government Survey on Parents' Ease of Managing Media Use

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:24 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Against Techno-Panics

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:16 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Magid on How to Address Cyberbullying

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:23 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Upcoming July 27th Event on Online Safety, Privacy & Free Speech

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:31 AM | Events, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Cringely's Contradictory Thinking on Microsoft-Google Wars

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:27 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Economics, Innovation, Search

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mill's On Liberty at 150: Its Legacy for Freedom of Speech & Expression

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:06 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

YouTube, Power Laws & the Persistence of Media Inequality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:58 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Five Online Safety Task Forces Have Generally Agreed

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:08 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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"PointSmart. ClickSafe." Online Safety Task Force Report Released

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:35 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Like the Terminator, Video Game Censorship Efforts Just Won't Die

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:22 PM | Free Speech, Supreme Court

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cyberbullying Legislation Debate: Video from FOSI Capitol Hill Event (6/12)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:28 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Some Random Thoughts on "Sponsored Blogging"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Advertising & Marketing, The FTC

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Cyberbullying Legislation: Why Education is Preferable to Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:21 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Free Press Hypocrisy over Metering & Internet Price Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 PM | Broadband, Cable, Economics, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The (Un)Free Press Calls for Internet Price Controls: "The Broadband Internet Fairness Act"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:15 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Economics, Net Neutrality

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China's Green Dam Filter and the Threat of Rising Global Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:49 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

European Regulators Think Consumers Too Stupid to Know How to Download a Different Browser

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:17 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Economics

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy: Bringing Some Sanity Back to Parenting Debates

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:24 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Online Safety Technology Working Group (OSTWG) Is Underway

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:44 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Cuban on Fragmentation & Attention in the Blogosphere (or Why Power Laws Really Do Govern All Media)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:35 PM | Economics, Mass Media

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Thomas Sowell on the Model that Drives Elitist Ideological Crusades

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:15 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Free Speech Implications of COPPA Expansion

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:22 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

On Measuring Technology Diffusion Rates

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:47 PM | General, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Privacy as 'a Modern Invention'

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:08 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Privacy

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Calif. Appeals Video Game Decision to Supremes; What if They Take It?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:31 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Reply Comments in FCC's "Child Safe Viewing Act" Notice of Inquiry

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:00 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cutting the (Video) Cord: Two Excellent Washington Post Articles

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:24 AM | Cutting the Video Cord, Mass Media

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Emerging Threats to Section 230

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:25 PM | Free Speech

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What is Cyber-Libertarianism? (The Debate over Lessig's Code at 10 Continues)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:53 AM |

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cato Unbound Debate: Lessig's Code at Ten (Part 4: Lessig's response)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:15 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Capitalism, Commons, Economics, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Nerd Law vs. Real Law

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:48 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

More on "Open vs. Closed" Technologies & Business Models

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:02 PM | Commons, Economics, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Cato Unbound Debate: Lessig's Code at Ten (Part 3: Thierer response)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:12 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Commons, Economics, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet, Regulation

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cato Unbound Debate: Lessig's Code at Ten (Part 2: Zittrain response)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:16 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Cato Unbound Debate: Lessig's Code at Ten (Part 1: Declan's Lead Essay)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:57 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Capitalism, Commons, Generic Rant, Internet

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Supreme Court Decision in FCC v. Fox (Part 6: Other Articles & Opinions)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Supreme Court Decision in FCC v. Fox (Part 5: The Dissents)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:15 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Schneier on Data Collection and "Deception"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:13 PM | Privacy

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NTIA names Online Safety Technical Working Group members

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:07 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Supreme Court Decision in FCC v. Fox (Part 4: The Thomas Concurrence)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:25 PM | Free Speech, Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Decision in FCC v. Fox (Part 3: The Majority Decision)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:16 PM | Free Speech, Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Decision in FCC v. Fox (Part 2: Initial Thoughts)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:24 AM | Free Speech

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Supreme Court Decision in FCC v. Fox (Part 1: The Decision)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 AM | Free Speech

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Our Dynamic Internet Marketplace

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:00 AM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Collier on "Why Technopanics are Bad"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:12 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Avoiding an Internet Sales Tax Cartel: Why Congress Must Protect Interstate Commerce & Reject the SSTP

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:11 PM | Taxes

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Major Filings in FCC's "Child Safe Viewing Act" Notice of Inquiry

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:41 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Comments in FCC "Child Safe Viewing Act" Proceeding

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:51 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, March 30, 2009

The Competition for Our Ears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:51 AM | Mass Media

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Hypocrisy of Michael Copps

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:47 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Shall We Save Media by Socializing It?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:57 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Video Presentation: "America's First Amendment Twilight Zone"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:28 PM | Free Speech

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Friday, March 6, 2009

The Future of Sec. 230 and Online Immunity: My Debate with Harvard's John Palfrey

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:41 PM | Free Speech, Internet, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dawn of Convergence-Era Content Regulation at the FCC? "Child Safe Viewing Act" NOI Launched

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:44 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Another Reminder Why Age Verification Mandates Would Be a Bad Idea

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:08 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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The Week the Fairness Doctrine Died

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:48 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Privacy Trade-offs: Why We Don't Really Care about Our Privacy as Much as We Say

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:35 PM | Privacy

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Compaine on the Future of Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:41 PM | Mass Media

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New PFF Study: "Who Needs Parental Controls?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obama Wants to Tax Your Cell Phone

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:27 PM | Spectrum, Taxes, Wireless

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When Conservatives Favored the Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:09 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Just How Far the Internet Has Come Since 1996

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Will VSDA v. Schwarzenegger Be First Major Supreme Court Video Game Case?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:40 PM | Free Speech

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Friday, February 20, 2009

New Article on "FCC v Fox and Future of First Amendment"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:49 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Don't Worry about the Fairness Doctrine. No, Wait, Strike That.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Wireline

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Mixed Feelings about Latest Facebook Privacy Fiasco

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:13 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Privacy

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Monday, February 16, 2009

The AutoAdmit Case and the Future of Sec. 230

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:44 PM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Internet Security Concerns, Online Anonymity, and Splinternets

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:43 PM | Free Speech, Innovation, Internet Governance

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

On Simple Privacy Policies, Free Internet Services, and "Adequate Notice"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:34 PM | Privacy

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CRS Report on History of Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:36 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shame on Mozilla

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:24 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Innovation

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Google's Latitude and Privacy Concerns

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:00 PM | Privacy

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Generativity Alive and Well with the IPhone

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:21 PM | Innovation, Internet

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Nancy Willard Puts Social Networking Risks in Context

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:34 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Book Review: Planet Google by Randall Stross

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:21 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Books & Book Reviews, Privacy

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

10 Years Ago Today... (Thinking About Technological Progress)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Capitalism, E-commerce, Generic Rant, Innovation

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Some Great Podcasts about Online Safety & the ISTTF

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:29 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Are Gamers Served by More Government Regulation and Spending?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:05 PM | Free Speech, Net Neutrality, Universal Service

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

NYT's Hansell on Broadband Stimulus "Hooey"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:11 AM | Broadband, Universal Service

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Video Games and "Moral Panic"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:57 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Book Review: Post's Jefferson's Moose & the State of Cyberspace

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:10 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, IP, Internet, Internet Governance

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Cato's Kuznicki on Zittrain's Overblown Fears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:48 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fiber is Nice

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:22 PM | Broadband, Generic Rant

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Closing the Book on COPA?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:25 PM | Free Speech

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mobile OS Platforms, Competition, & Generativity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:02 PM | Economics, Innovation, Wireless

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Internet Safety Technical Task Force releases final report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:13 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Web 2.0, Section 230, and Nozick's "Utopia of Utopias"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:33 PM | Free Speech

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Ars on "Better FCC Indecency Complaints"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:50 PM | Free Speech, The FCC

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

What Impact Will Cass Sunstein Have on Obama's Internet Policy?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:49 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Lessig on Building a Better Bureaucrat

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:53 PM | Communications, Generic Rant, The FCC

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Kids, Video Games, Fantasy, & Imagination

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:10 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 26): "Information Control" Fantasies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:36 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 25): The Series So Far

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:22 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, December 15, 2008

2008 FOSI Conference & Awards

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:31 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Net Neutrality & the White Hot Spotlight of Public Attention

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:04 PM | Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 24): I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:42 PM | Mass Media

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

What's the Most Important Tech Policy Book of 2008?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:26 PM | Books & Book Reviews

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George Will on Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:57 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

My debate with USA Today about new study on media & kids

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:59 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Podcast of Fairness Doctrine Discussion on Jim Bohannon Show

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:32 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Non-PFF Podcasts

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"Child Safe Viewing Act" (S. 602) signed by President Bush

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:02 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Latest Lichtman podcast on privacy, Sec. 230, online liability

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:34 PM | Free Speech, Non-PFF Podcasts, Privacy

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Googlephobia: Part 6 - The Left Begins to Turn on Google

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:00 PM | Net Neutrality, Privacy

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Cuban on Bandwidth Tradeoffs

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:37 PM | Broadband, Cable, Net Neutrality

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Nemertes "Internet Interrupted" study

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:46 PM | Broadband, Exaflood

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Will Traditional OTA Broadcast Networks Go Cable-Exclusive?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:41 AM | Cable, Mass Media, Spectrum

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

debating FCC's Kevin Martin and U.S. Solicitor General Gregory Garre this weekend

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:48 PM | Free Speech

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Putting Youth Social Networking Activities and Safety in Perspective

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:52 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Net Neutrality, Free Speech, and Tim Lee's New Paper

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:24 PM | Free Speech, Net Neutrality

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Perils of Thinking of Broadband as a Public Utility

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:45 PM | Broadband, Internet, Municipal Ownership

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Book Review: Blown to Bits by Abelson, Ledeen, & Lewis

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:30 PM | Books & Book Reviews

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

We Don't Need to Mandate "a la Carte"... It Already Exists

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:27 PM | A La Carte

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Cutting the (Video) Cord, Part 2

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:32 PM | Cable, Innovation, Mass Media

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Bogus Privacy Fears over Google Flu Trends

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:40 AM | Privacy

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

NYT Article on Age Verification & Schools

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:59 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Price Fixing in the LCD Business Sure Doesn't Seem to Do Much Good!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:48 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Rosenbaum-Jarvis spat over future of journalism

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:45 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Pragmatic (Internet) Optimist's Creed

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:21 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Book Review: Solove's Understanding Privacy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:46 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Privacy

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Harry Lewis on "The Dangers of Internet Censorship"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:22 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

video of my debate with Jonathan Zittrain at New America Foundation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:06 PM | Books & Book Reviews, General

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Supreme Court oral arguments in FCC v. Fox (General Thoughts)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:18 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Video Games, Violence, & Social "Science": Another Day, Another Fight

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:06 PM | Free Speech

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Supreme Court oral arguments in FCC v. Fox (Background)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:14 PM | Free Speech

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

What's More Dangerous: The Internet or Drunk Drivers?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:11 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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"Intellectual Property Colloquium" podcast with Doug Lichtman

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:05 AM | IP, Non-PFF Podcasts

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Friday, October 31, 2008

New Economy Business Models (Carr vs. Anderson)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:46 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Economics

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Book Review: Nick Carr's Big Switch

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:40 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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There Will Be No Bailout for Old Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:01 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Video Game Censorship Heading to Supreme Court?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:09 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Google Book Search deal = ASCAP / online collective licensing model for the future?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:43 PM | IP

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Zittrain debate at New America Foundation (11/6, 3:30)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:48 AM | Generic Rant

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Reason Magazine on What Obama Means for Tech Policy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:02 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Do Irish-Americans Deserve a Satellite Radio Set-Aside?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:42 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Remember Newspapers?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:58 PM | Mass Media

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Irony Alert: Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Public to Hear Free Speech Case Live

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:50 PM | Free Speech, Supreme Court

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

3rd Annual "National Freedom of Speech Week"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:16 PM | Free Speech

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Loud TV Ads: No Need for Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:12 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Book Review: Lee Siegel's Against the Machine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Friday, October 10, 2008

book review: Palfrey & Gasser's "Born Digital"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:23 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Negroponte's "Daily Me" = RSS Feeds + Google Alerts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:15 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Cutting the (Video) Cord: The Shift to Online Video Continues

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:44 PM | Broadband, Cable, Economics, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Jenkins on new Pew report about "Teens, Video Games, and Civics"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:27 PM | Free Speech

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

DTV Transition Humor

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:40 AM | Digital TV, Generic Rant

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Bandwidth Cap Hysteria & the Alternative

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:36 AM | Broadband, Economics, Net Neutrality

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Senate passes "Child Safe Viewing Act" (S. 602)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:19 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"A Manifesto for Media Freedom" -- my new book with Brian Anderson

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:26 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Feds and Internet Service Providers Don't Mix"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:08 PM | Cable, Net Neutrality

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Problems in Muni Wi-fi Paradise, Part 9 (amazing article about Philly failure)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:10 PM | Municipal Ownership, Spectrum

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Great 'Open v. Closed' Debate Continues: Google Phone v. Apple iPhone

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:06 AM | Economics, Generic Rant, Innovation, Interoperability, Wireless

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Age Verification Debate Continues; Schools Now at Center of Discussion

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Problems in Muni Wi-fi Paradise, Part 8 (Boynton Beach, FL)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:28 AM | Municipal Ownership, Spectrum

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

another review of Zittrain's "Future of the Internet"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:38 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Friday, September 19, 2008

PFF filing in FCC product placement / embedded advertising inquiry

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:41 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lost Laptop Follies, Part 8: ATF Loses Laptops... and Guns!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:48 AM | Generic Rant, Privacy

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Version 3.1 release: "Parental Controls & Online Child Protection"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:08 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tim Wu on Obama, McCain, and "a Chicken in Every Pot"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:20 PM | Broadband, Cable, Campaign Finance Law, Commons, Communications, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"'Local' is just one set of ripples on the lake of information"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:18 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Privacy Solutions Series: Part 2 - Adblock Plus

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:04 PM | Privacy, Privacy Solutions

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Grouping Recent Net Books: Internet Optimists vs. Pessimists

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:02 PM | Books & Book Reviews, General

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Privacy Solutions Series: Part 1 - Introduction

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:23 AM | Privacy, Privacy Solutions

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

DVRs Becoming an "Indispensable" Household Item

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:17 PM | Free Speech, Innovation

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Summary of Martin's 'War on Cable'

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:30 PM | A La Carte, Cable

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Of "Cartels" and Price Wars

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:11 PM | Broadband, Communications

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Monday, September 1, 2008

The End of "the American Internet" and the Future of Content Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:07 PM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another 4 months, still no FCC Video Competition Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:12 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Safe Search Tools & Portals for Kids - The List Keeps Growing

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:49 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

And the "Luddite of the Year" Award Goes to...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:17 PM |

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Monday, August 25, 2008

An Unnatural Modern Fascination with Murder and Celebrities?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:15 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Too Much Platform Competition?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:21 PM | Innovation

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

More on M2Z / AWS spectrum fight

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:02 AM | Spectrum

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 23): Cox Selling Most of its Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:45 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

FCC v. Fox Television: All the Supreme Court briefs are in

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:03 PM | Free Speech

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Get Ready for Internet Advertising Regulation "for the Children"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Why Google Is a Media Company

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:17 PM | Mass Media

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Enough anti-iPhone rants... just get another phone!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:41 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

What the Media Reformistas Really Want

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:06 PM | Mass Media

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Another muni wi-fi failure (Portland), and taxpayers will pick up the tab

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:40 PM | Commons, Municipal Ownership, Wireless

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Friday, August 8, 2008

CDT-PFF Supreme Court Brief in FCC v. Fox Case

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:19 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

True Cost of Video Game Censorship (continued)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:45 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Broadband access platforms & speeds over 3 decades

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:02 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Internet

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Cerf on managing networks & the need for industry discussion

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:24 PM | Internet Governance, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Should it be illegal to text or talk while walking down the road?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:24 PM | Generic Rant

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Product Placement in Historical Context

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:22 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tim Wu's "Mother-May-I" World of Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:50 AM | Internet, Municipal Ownership, Net Neutrality

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NPR spot on Third Circuit decision in Janet Jackson case

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:18 PM | Free Speech, Supreme Court

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Joint FCC Filing on Internet Filtering Plan for AWS-3 Spectrum

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:20 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Spectrum

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Australian ISP-Level Content Filtering Report Released

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:10 PM | Free Speech

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Our First Net Neutrality Law: Congrats to our Big Gov't Opponents

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:28 AM | Internet Governance, Net Neutrality

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

COPA Falls Again; Is Historic 3rd Trip to Supremes Coming?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:57 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Scientific" Media Ratings & Labels: What Exactly Does That Mean?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:49 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Local Web Ads and the Future of Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:48 PM | Mass Media

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2008 edition of "Essential Facts about Video Games" is out

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:54 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, July 21, 2008

3rd Circuit ruling against FCC in Janet Jackson case

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:51 PM | Free Speech

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Felten on The Decline of Localist Broadcasting Policies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:24 PM | Mass Media

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Newspaper Deathwatch?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:29 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dear Gov. Patterson... Regarding that Video Game Bill You Are About to Sign

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:44 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Media Metrics: The Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:35 PM | Cable, Economics, Innovation, Mass Media

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Next Great Technopanic: Wireless Geo-Location / Social Mapping

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:46 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Wireless

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Friday, July 11, 2008

A La Carte Regulation and the Failure of Good Intentions

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:02 PM | A La Carte, Free Speech

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Technopanics and the Great Social Networking Scare

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:07 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Liberals Abandoning the First Amendment, Part 3: The Fox Case

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:38 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Our Continued Wishful Thinking about "Media Localism"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:47 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Pacifica Anniversary Week, Part 6 (Further reading)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:31 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Pacifica Anniversary Week, Part 5 (CDT-PFF joint editorial)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:00 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Pacifica Anniversary Week, Part 4 (Pervasiveness is Moot)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:08 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Understanding The True Cost of Video Game Censorship Efforts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:51 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Another muni wi-fi failure (Oakland Wireless)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:03 PM | Municipal Ownership, Wireless

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Pacifica Anniversary Week, Part 3 (Pacifica's Pretzel Logic)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:01 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The 'Contradictory Ideals' of Internet for Everyone campaign

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:59 PM | Innovation, Net Neutrality

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Pacifica Anniversary Week, Part 2 (Brief History of Indecency Enforcement)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:56 PM | Free Speech

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Pacifica Anniversary Week, Part 1 (General Overview)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:47 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Regulators to Save Us from Loud TV Ads and Product Placements

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:24 PM | Generic Rant

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

XM-Sirius, regulatory blackmail, and diversity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:02 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Meyerson on Zell: The Idiocy of Equating Media Reinvention to Terrorism

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:25 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, June 6, 2008

What's Worse Than Rigged Auctions & Internet Censorship? How About Both in One Package!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:05 PM | Broadband, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Spectrum

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Is There an Openness-Bandwidth Trade-off?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:21 AM | Net Neutrality

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cellphones, Freedom and the Cuban Embargo

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:43 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Video Game Platform Competition

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:08 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Why Are Some Muni WiFi Experiments Failing?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:18 PM | Municipal Ownership

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Wireless Substitution: Some New CDC Numbers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:44 PM | Communications

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"The Most Powerful Computer Ever"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:09 PM | Generic Rant

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The Rise & Inevitable Fall of Tech Giants

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 AM | Capitalism, Generic Rant, Innovation, Internet

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Where is the FCC's Annual Video Competition Report?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:05 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Economics, The FCC

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Forbes on "Making Social [Networking] Sites Safer"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:13 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

my debate with Zittrain on NPR-Boston

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:59 PM | Books & Book Reviews, General, Innovation, Internet, Internet Governance, Interoperability

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Will they age-verify the Pope?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:19 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

latest FTC "secret shopper" survey shows improving ratings enforcement

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:10 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Comcast to move to bandwidth cap / metering solution?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:46 PM | Broadband, Economics, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Monday, May 5, 2008

embedded Scribd presentations... just awesome

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:31 PM |

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Virginia points the way on Internet safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:26 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Obama on Grand Theft Auto and personal responsibility

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:59 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

When gamers go mainstream

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:05 AM | Free Speech

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What's pointless about fun?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:55 AM | Generic Rant

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 22): TW spin-off of cable unit

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:31 PM | Mass Media

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Yale / CFP's "9.5 Theses for Technology Policy in the Next Administration"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:26 PM | Generic Rant

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Why both the Left & Right love media regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:29 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

review: Dr. Kourosh Dini's "Video Game Play & Addiction"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:23 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Students, Cyber-Bullying, & Online Free Speech

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:21 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Bruce Everiss on video game piracy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:56 AM | IP, Mass Media

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Britannica Blog's excellent "Newspapers & the Net" forum

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 PM | Mass Media

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Video games, pro wrestling, and the politics of hypocrisy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:41 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant

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Justine Bateman, Net Neutrality & Celebrity Witnesses

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:51 AM | Generic Rant, Net Neutrality

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Crovitz's Information Age

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:07 PM |

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Can the French really ban pro-thin websites?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:10 PM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Monday, April 14, 2008

review: Kutner & Olson's "Grand Theft Childhood"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:42 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

another problem for the Zittrain thesis -- old people!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:01 AM | Books & Book Reviews, General, Innovation

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Friday, April 11, 2008

The Perils of Mandatory Parental Controls and Restrictive Defaults

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:14 PM | Free Speech

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Shall we censor newspapers "for the children"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:15 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

great piece on online behavioral marketing and privacy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:16 PM | Privacy

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Micropayments reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:10 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Sunstein's "libertarian paternalism" is really just paternalism

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:03 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant

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Twilight for TV Critics?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:07 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, April 4, 2008

presentation at PSU's conference on future of video games

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:45 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"Spectrum Talk" blog

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:10 PM | Spectrum

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Apple, openness, and the Zittrain thesis

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:35 PM | Books & Book Reviews, General, Innovation, Internet Governance

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

coverage from Tech Policy Summit

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:53 PM | General

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Byron Commission (UK) report - initial thoughts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:57 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Critical blow" for broadcasters in the ad market?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:09 PM | Mass Media

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Ike Elliott's "fiber vs. coax" series

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:45 PM | Broadband, Cable

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Google's excellent new online safety campaign

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:13 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Palfrey on trends in global cybercensorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:58 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Internet Governance

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"Parental Controls and Online Child Protection" - Version 3.0 release

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:56 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Tech Policy Summit this week

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:26 PM | General

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"Truth" online

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:57 PM | General

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Lost Laptop Follies, Part 7: NIH Loses Health Records

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:39 AM | Privacy

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

review of Zittrain's "Future of the Internet"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:02 PM | Books & Book Reviews, General, Internet

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Do you have the "S.I.G.N.S." of Net / video game addiction?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:42 AM | Generic Rant

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The conversation the Net enables

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:06 AM | Internet, Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Media Metrics: The Pictures!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 PM | Mass Media

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Tibet, Technology & the Future of Freedom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:56 AM | Free Speech

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Media Metrics: The Series So Far

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:58 AM | Mass Media

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Mermigas on the challenges facing traditional media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:51 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Video Games, Ratings & Transparency: A Response to Jerry Bonner

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:57 PM | Free Speech

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Thoughts on 2008 “State of the News Media” report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:38 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, March 14, 2008

IDC's "Diverse & Exploding Digital Universe" report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:16 AM | Exaflood, Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

USA Today's story about the Martin FCC

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:26 AM | Cable, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Lessig on "blowing up the FCC"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:22 AM | The FCC

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Some books worth reading

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:22 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Young kids and rational messaging about online safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:41 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Media Metrics #7: An Uncertain Future for Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:10 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jon Fine's "Requiem for Old-Time Radio"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:31 PM | Mass Media

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"Concurrency modeling" for bandwidth / network management

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:04 PM | Net Neutrality

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Net gambling & online speech / commerce enforcement challenges in general

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 AM | E-commerce, Free Speech, Gambling, Internet Governance

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Media Metrics #6: The Video Revolution

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:28 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Putting online dangers in perspective

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:43 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Stanford / Google "Legal Futures Summit"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:10 PM | General

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Australian government online safety report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:28 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

new Internet Safety Technical Task Force

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:40 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mobile phone censorship regime coming?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:02 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Are All Video Games Violent?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:48 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Net Neutrality: Prelude to Structural Separation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:26 PM | Net Neutrality

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Online Sales Tax Cartel?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:54 PM | Taxes

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Scalia on video game regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:46 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Leading pornographer lecturing Google & Yahoo about cleaning up online porn

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:59 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Richard Bennett & George Ou filings on network management

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 AM | Broadband, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

UK's "Unique Learner Number"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:14 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Winback Wars: The Politics of Customer Retention

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:52 PM | Cable, Communications

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Criminal sanctions for poor parental judgment?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:27 PM | Free Speech

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Who decides what's appropriate for our families?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:47 AM | Free Speech

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New Mexico's video game nanny tax

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 AM | Free Speech, Taxes

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Friday, February 8, 2008

podcast about broadband network managment policies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:52 PM | Net Neutrality

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 21): TW spin-off of AOL

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

new PFF-CDT index of free speech / content bills

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, February 4, 2008

TorrentFreak on "Solutions to the BitTorrent Problem"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:45 PM | Broadband, Cable, Net Neutrality

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Political discourse -- then vs. now

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:15 AM | Generic Rant

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Media Metrics #5: The Competition for Our Ears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:43 PM | Mass Media

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Good for Obama: He favors parental empowerment over censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:11 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

A La Carte Mandates & Price Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:41 PM | A La Carte

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Muni wi-fi: I hate to say I told you so, but..

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:16 PM | Municipal Ownership

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Media Metrics #4: Changing Fortunes

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:42 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Hazlett on the Microsoft Case at 10

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:57 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy

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Google's political advertising guidelines

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech

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Tech & State of the Union address

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:30 AM | Generic Rant

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Remembering how lucky we are

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:23 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

USA Today, age verification, and the death of online anonymity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:07 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Student free speech or online harassment ?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:30 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

"The End of Censorship" -- The book I never finished

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Media Metrics #3: Ad Wars

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:57 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, January 18, 2008

MagHound: Another interesting new media business model

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:27 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Upcoming events: "Tech Policy Summit" (March 26-28)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:13 PM | General

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Media Metrics #2: Household Access to Media Services & Technologies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:28 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Danger of "The Danger of Free"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:21 PM | Generic Rant

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Broadband metering experiment in the works in Texas?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:49 PM | Broadband

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Media Metrics #1: Introduction & Analytical Framework

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:48 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Only in France...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:42 PM | Generic Rant

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Today’s MySpace-AG Agreement

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:41 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, Privacy

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Industry tech policy blogs proliferating

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:36 AM | General

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While the FCC wages a war on cable...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:23 AM | Cable, Innovation, Mass Media

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FOSI's "State of Online Safety Report 2008"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:00 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Against "Autonomous Driving"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:36 AM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Jaron Lanier's "Long Live Closed-Source Software!"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:18 AM | Innovation, Interoperability

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Richard Roeper on regulating in-flight movies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:24 PM | Free Speech

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Broadband UTOPIA?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:27 AM | Broadband, Municipal Ownership

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Media Deconsolidation (Part 20): News Corp spins off 8 TV stations

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:31 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Latest Census Numbers on Kids, Parents & Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:27 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Does "the public" really communicate with the FCC?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media, The FCC

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A Rushed Review for XM-Sirius?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:44 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Internet Freedom--Real vs Imagined

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:16 PM | Net Neutrality

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Tech Ignorance: Not Funny

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:35 AM | Generic Rant

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Cable TV "Gatekeeper" Myths Debunked

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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National Review on FCC's Cable War

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:33 PM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

FCC Budget: Out of Control

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:32 AM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Setting the Record Straight on Current FCC Policies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 AM | A La Carte, Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, November 26, 2007

NYT's Joe Nocera on perils of a la carte regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:43 AM | A La Carte

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Why hasn't violent media turned us into a nation of killers?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:12 PM | Free Speech

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Commissioner McDowell's sensible thinking on media policy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:06 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, November 19, 2007

FCC's regulatory wrecking ball decimating cable stocks?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:37 PM | Cable

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what EarthLink’s muni wi-fi announcement tells us

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:48 PM | Municipal Ownership, Wireless

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Media Deregulation is Dead

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:03 PM | Mass Media

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FCC's 70% Cable Proposal is 100% Unwarranted

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 AM | Cable

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

How did the 500-channel TV universe become a reality?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:26 PM | A La Carte

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

George Ou on Comcast traffic management and NN

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:34 PM | Net Neutrality

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Bruce Owen on "Antecedents to Net Neutrality"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:24 PM | Cable, Communications, Internet, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Media Deconsolidation (Part 19): IAC/Interactive Corp. divides by 5

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:28 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Copps on News Corp-WSJ deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:54 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Troubling poll regarding attitudes toward Net regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:04 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Pearlstein on Google & Antitrust

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:18 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Internet

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Unplugging Plug-and-Play Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:05 PM | Cable, Innovation, Interoperability

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

FT on age verification for social networking

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:31 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Response to Christian Coalition-NARAL call for net neutrality regs

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:07 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Media Deconsolidation (Part 18): Scripps Splits

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:50 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Thoughts on Andrew Keen, Part 2: The Dangers of the Stasis Mentality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:44 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thoughts on Andrew Keen, Part 1: Why an Age of Abundance Really is Better than an Age of Scarcity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:55 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Parental Control Perfection

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:42 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Karlgaard on "The Cheap Revolution"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:37 AM | Innovation

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Should Government Censor In-Flight Movies?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:46 PM | Free Speech

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NY Times Gets it Wrong on IM Blocking & the First Amendment

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:02 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hazlett on the iPhone, walled gardens, and innovation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:11 PM | Commons, Innovation, Interoperability, Spectrum

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New Online Safety Bills

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:53 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

WSJ on why free Wi-Fi is failing

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:31 AM | Broadband, Municipal Ownership, Spectrum

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Monday, September 24, 2007

The Power of New Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:34 AM | Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More on Metering Broadband

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 PM | Broadband, Communications, Economics, Internet

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Who Killed TV's "Family Hour"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:30 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Once Again, Why Not Meter Broadband Pipes?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:46 AM | Broadband, Communications

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Wi-Fi Piggybacking / Squatting Reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Spectrum

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New Mobile Parental Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:32 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Deregulation that should have happened 10 years ago

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:23 PM | Communications

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Friday, August 31, 2007

PBS to self-censor WWII documentary to appease FCC

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:37 PM | Free Speech

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Problems in Muni Wi-Fi Paradise, Part 5

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Municipal Ownership

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Mobile Markets: US v. Europe

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:21 AM | Wireless

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Aspen Summit videos are up

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:12 AM |

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Laurence Tribe on the First Amendment & Technological Change

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:13 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

NY Times on Video Game Cases

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:50 PM | Free Speech

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Friday, August 17, 2007

On "Digital Divides"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:32 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Problems in Muni Wi-Fi Paradise, cont.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:26 PM | Commons, Communications, Municipal Ownership

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Friday, August 10, 2007

A La Carte: Voluntary vs. Mandatory

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:44 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Mass Media

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

First Amendment & Video Games [Updated] Score: Gamers 11, Censors 0

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:35 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Problems in (muni wi-fi) paradise

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:57 AM | Commons, Communications, Municipal Ownership, Wireless

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

editorial on Murdoch-WSJ deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:44 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

PFF analysis of S. 602, "The Child Safe Viewing Act"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:43 PM | Free Speech

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Patrick & Hazlett on Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:42 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Age Verification Showdown in North Carolina

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:44 PM | Free Speech

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Version 2.2 of PFF book on "Parental Controls & Online Child Protection"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:19 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Friday, July 20, 2007

podcast on Battle over 700Mhz Auction & Open Access Proposals

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:30 AM | Spectrum

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Mobile Market Snapshot: U.S. v. Europe

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:29 PM | Wireless

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Senate Plan to Roll Back Clock on Broadcast Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:36 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, July 2, 2007

"Child Safety" -- 100 Years Ago vs. Today

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:30 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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law review article: "Why Regulate Broadcasting?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:33 AM | Free Speech

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Summary of 10-Part Series on "National Internet Safety Month"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Internet Safety Month, Part 10: Good Parenting Means Everything!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:30 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sen. Rockefeller Gives Up on Parenting at Senate Violence Hearing

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:46 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, June 25, 2007

New Polls Suggest Radical Theory: Parents are Parenting!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:03 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Internet Safety Month, Part 9: Online Safety and Law Enforcement Efforts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:27 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Friday, June 22, 2007

testimony at House hearing on "The Images Kids See on the Screen"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:35 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

new book on Parental Controls & Online Child Protection

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:50 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Event Transcript: "The Complexities of Regulating TV Violence"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:55 PM | Free Speech

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Internet Safety Month, Part 8: Social Networking Safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:31 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Internet Safety Month, Part 7: The Importance of Online Safety Education

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Internet Safety Month, Part 6: A Voluntary Code of Conduct for Online Safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Internet Safety Month, Part 5: Search Engine Filters and Portals for Kids

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:34 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Monday, June 4, 2007

2nd Circuit rules in FCC indecency case

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:03 PM | Free Speech

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Internet Safety Month, Part 4: Website Labeling and Metadata Tagging

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Internet Safety Month, Part 3: Operating Systems and Web Browser Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:01 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Internet Safety Month, Part 2: Internet Filters & Monitoring Tools

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:37 PM | Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Internet Safety Month, Part 1: Online Safety Metasites

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:52 AM | Free Speech, General, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

A La Carte & the Senate Effort to Regulate TV Violence

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:16 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Regulate In-Flight Movies & TV Content?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:35 PM | Free Speech

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Lost Laptop Follies, Part 6: DOE Missing 1,400 Laptops

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:26 PM | Generic Rant, Privacy

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Making a Stink about Smoking in Movies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:34 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, May 14, 2007

new PFF report & event on regulating TV violence

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:47 PM | Free Speech

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Transcript & Video from "Facts about Online Victimization" event

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:32 PM | Free Speech

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Transcript of PFF Age Verification (3/23) event

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:50 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Second Life to Adopt Age Verification

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:30 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Privacy

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Monday, May 7, 2007

New York Times article on Age Verification for Social Networking Sites

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 AM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Video Game Ratings are Widely Utilized

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Free Speech

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Lost Laptop Follies, Part 5

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:35 AM | Privacy

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Media Deconsolidation (Part 17): Clear Channel Station Sell-off

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

New reports on Skype-Wu wireless Net Neutrality proposal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:34 PM | Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Video Game Politics

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:59 AM | Free Speech

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Public Radio Debate on Regulating TV Violence

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:30 PM | Free Speech

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More Essays on Efforts to Regulate TV Violence

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:25 PM | Free Speech

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George Will on Fairness Doctrine Revival

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:43 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

FCC Violence Report Concludes that Parenting Doesn’t Work

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:20 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

FCC Media Violence Report Looms

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:23 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

FCC Opens the Net Neutrality Pandora's Box a Bit More

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:43 AM | Broadband, Communications, Net Neutrality

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Don Imus and the FCC: Should Hate Speech be Regulated?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:29 PM | Free Speech

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new City Journal essay on "The Media Cornucopia"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:44 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

FTC's Latest "Marketing Violence to Children" Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:34 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More on XM-Sirius

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:55 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Internet Sales Tax Wars Continue

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:16 PM | Taxes

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Jeff Schmidt on Age Verification and Online Child Safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:11 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Confessions of a First Generation Gamer-Parent

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:33 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant

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A La Carte Regulation and "Family-Friendly" Programming

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:13 AM | A La Carte, Free Speech

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Friday, April 6, 2007

A Few Thoughts on ICANN's Rejection of ".xxx" TLD

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:38 AM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Forbes.com interview on social networking panic

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:38 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, March 26, 2007

The Other America

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:00 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Distorting Numbers in the Debate over Parental Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:05 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

The COPA Decision, Part 3: Implications for Age Verification and Social Networking

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:15 PM |

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COPA Struck Down, Part 2

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:46 AM | Free Speech

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COPA Struck Down Again by Court

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:39 AM | Free Speech

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Cisco's Bob Pepper on Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:52 AM | Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Campaign Finance Laws & YouTube (cont.)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:22 AM | Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Debunking Myths about Social Networking

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:42 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Monday, March 19, 2007

New PFF Study on Age Verification for Social Networking Sites

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:45 AM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Why Not Meter?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:06 AM | Broadband, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Remarks at Freedom to Connect conference

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:13 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Campaign Finance Laws in the YouTube Age

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:14 PM | Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech

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Monday, March 5, 2007

Age-Verify Users Before They Visit USA Today.com?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:29 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Chapman on Illogical Gov't Nannyism

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:58 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What Cell Phone Blocking?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:52 PM | Net Neutrality

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Net Neutrality in the States

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:23 AM | Net Neutrality, State Policy

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Ahrens on Media Consolidation Myths

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:45 AM | Mass Media

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Movie Review: "This Film Is Not Yet Rated"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:07 PM | Free Speech

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Wu, Skype, Walled Gardens and "Openness"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:31 AM | Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

An Education-Based Approach to Online Child Safety

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:55 PM | Free Speech

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Additional Concerns with the Skype-Wu Proposal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:38 AM | Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"Blogging should not be a crime."

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:59 PM | Free Speech

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Geoffrey Stone on a National Shield Law

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:10 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Skype Asks FCC to Impose Carterfone Regs on Wireless

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:54 PM | Interoperability, Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Brito Deconstructs Spectrum Commons Theory

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 AM | Commons, Spectrum, Wireless

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Monday, February 19, 2007

XM + Sirius = Good Deal (for the Companies and Consumers)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:21 PM | Mass Media, Wireless

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Regulating Violence on TV: Some Recommended Reading

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:24 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Radio Wars, Round 2

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:15 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Lost Laptop Follies, Part 4

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:52 PM | Privacy, Privacy

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

What Happened to 'Look Both Ways Before You Cross the Street'?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:26 AM | Generic Rant

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

"Project Online Safety" and Other New Internet Safety Initiatives

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:28 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Why Does FCC Spending Keep Growing?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:00 PM | The FCC

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lawyers, Lawsuits and Net Neutrality Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:10 PM | Net Neutrality

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Peter Huber on Why Lawyers Will Love Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:20 PM | Net Neutrality

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Democrats Abandoning the First Amendment, Part 2: Regulating "Excessive Violence" on TV

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:58 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Democrats Abandoning the First Amendment, Part 1: The Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Slate's Jack Shafer on "The Case for Killing the FCC"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:34 AM | Spectrum, The FCC

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Banning In-Car Technologies Won't Work

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Generic Rant

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Bret Swanson on Net Neutrality & the "Coming Exaflood"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:00 AM | Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

MySpace to Provide Parental Monitoring Tools

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:20 PM | Free Speech

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Amazing Gains in Digital Storage Technology

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:09 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

CES Wrap-Up: Cool Upcoming Gadgets

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:00 PM | Generic Rant

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Dispatch from CES - FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's remarks

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:13 PM | Generic Rant

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Dispatch from CES - Day 3 (Net Neutrality Panel)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:01 PM | Generic Rant, Net Neutrality

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Dispatch from CES - Day 3 (Is Packaged Media Dead?)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:07 PM | Generic Rant, IP, Mass Media

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Dispatch from CES - Day 2 (Future of TV & Video Distribution)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:36 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Dispatch from CES: Day 1 -- Gaming Issues

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:05 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

What Was the Biggest Tech Policy Story of 2006?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:49 PM | Generic Rant, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

More on Virtual Reality & Property Rights

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:41 AM | E-commerce

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

A Bad Day in Court for the FCC

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:19 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Sad Commentary

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:01 PM | Generic Rant

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

"Dangerous" Toys -- Then and Now

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant

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Declaration of Independence for Virtual Worlds?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:35 AM | Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Are Americans Too Paranoid about Their Privacy?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:10 AM | Privacy

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Another Non-Solution to the Online Predator Problem

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:19 AM | Free Speech, Generic Rant

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Have We Reached a Turning Point on Video Game Regulation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:51 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, December 4, 2006

(Virtual) Taxation without Representation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:19 AM | Mass Media, Taxes

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

CDT & PFF File Joint Amicus Briefs in Federal Indecency Cases

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:09 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Appearance on C-SPAN's "The Communicators"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:11 AM | Communications, DACA, Free Speech, General, Mass Media, Spectrum, Universal Service

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First Amendment & Video Games Score: Gamers 10, Censors 0

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:24 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Illogical Fears about Online Gaming & Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:38 PM | Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Media Deconsolidation (Part 16): Clear Channel Crackup

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

One Laptop Per Child Reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:18 AM | Generic Rant

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Nonsense about Predatory Pricing of Video Game Consoles

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:30 PM | Generic Rant

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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Democratic "Innovation Agenda" Smells Like Pork, Tastes Like Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:31 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

X-Box Movie / TV Download Business Model Announced

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:52 PM | IP, Innovation, Mass Media

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Friday, November 3, 2006

Lost Laptop Follies, Part 3

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:58 AM | Privacy

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Another Reason to Be Wary of Age Verification & Data Retention Mandates

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:42 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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NYT on Media Ownership

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:26 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Can Government Improve Video Game Ratings?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:09 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 15: AOL-TW Divorce Near?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:27 PM | Mass Media

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Business Week on Net Gambling Going Underground

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:02 AM | Internet Governance

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lock 'Em Up and Throw Away the Key

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:46 AM | Free Speech

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Problems in (Muni Wi-Fi) Paradise

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:22 AM | Broadband, Municipal Ownership, Spectrum

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Another Call for Data Retention Mandates

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:57 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Iran Battles the Digital Future & Global Culture

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:13 PM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Ultimate Online Predator Solution

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:01 AM | Free Speech

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Virtual Reality Reporters

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:17 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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National Freedom of Speech Week

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:00 PM | Free Speech

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Virtual Reality or Virtual Stupidity?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:52 AM | Generic Rant

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

A Response to Sen. Lieberman's Online Child Protection Manifesto

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:49 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, October 5, 2006

IM: The Next Regulatory Target?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:33 PM | Free Speech

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The Final Fantasy Leak: Situational Ethics with Video Game Piracy?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:38 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Potential California Regulation of Search Engines?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:55 AM | Privacy

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Lost Laptop Legislation Introduced

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:52 AM | Generic Rant, Privacy

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Monday, September 25, 2006

RAND on Economic Impact of EU's "TV Without Frontiers" Directive

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:20 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, September 22, 2006

How Does Government Lose So Many Laptops?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:50 AM | Generic Rant, Privacy

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 14: Time Warner Without Time?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:52 PM | Mass Media

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My Filing in Latest FCC Indecency Proceeding

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:19 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Cartoons for Tech Geeks

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:15 AM | General

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Who Can Film Video Clips at a Pro Football Stadium?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:25 AM | Free Speech

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Summary of Latest ICRA Summit on Internet Free Expression & Child Protection

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:27 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Know Your (Blogging) Rights: Net Democracy Guide.org

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:22 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

PlayStation 3, Console Wars & the Costs of Complexity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:30 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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More on Social Networking Regulatory Threats

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:15 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Al Gore on Media & Democracy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:53 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

UK Censors Tom & Jerry Cartoons

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:36 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The "Adventure Window," Radio Formats and Media Ownership Rules

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:17 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Another Case of "Rights Inflation": Sports on Cable TV

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:56 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Economics, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Mass Media, Sports

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Another First Amendment Victory for Video Games

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:31 PM | Free Speech

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A Voluntary Online Code of Conduct to Avoid Internet Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:09 AM | Free Speech

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The Economics of Trade Shows & the Downsizing of "E3"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:41 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Another Push for Cable Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:47 AM | Free Speech

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Monday, July 24, 2006

A Psychological Explanation for Censorship and Claims of "Media Bias"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:45 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Just How Inefficient Is Universal Service?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:14 AM | Universal Service

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fun Fact of the Day: Flat Panel Prices Plummet

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:06 PM | Generic Rant, Innovation

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Microsoft XBOX Live & Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:23 AM | Broadband, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, July 7, 2006

eBay-Google Battle Over Online Payments

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:38 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, E-commerce, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

China's Latest Media Censorship Target is a Disaster (Literally!)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:37 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Mandatory Data Retention: How Much is Appropriate?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:52 PM | Free Speech

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Remarks at Conference on Social Networking & Child Protection

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, June 16, 2006

An Indecency Regime for Video Games?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:42 PM | Free Speech

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President Signs Indecency Bill

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:55 PM | Free Speech

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Reflections on Brussels Summit on Future of Free Expression / Child Protection

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:49 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 13: Tribune Considering Major Downsizing

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:15 PM | Mass Media

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Reflections on "Beyond Censorship" Summit

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:34 PM | Free Speech

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Sunday, June 4, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 12: Time Warner President Calls Synergy "Bull---t"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:15 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Competition Works: An Analysis of Competing Cable-Telco "Triple-Play" Packages

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:19 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Mass Media, Wireless, Wireline

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Is This Where America's Campaign Finance Laws Are Heading?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:01 AM | Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech

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op-ed on MySpace bill ("DOPA")

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:01 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Internet Filtering Reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:31 AM | Free Speech

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Hillary Clinton, Net Neutrality Regulation & the Great Leap of Faith

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:47 PM | Free Speech, Net Neutrality

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Friday, May 19, 2006

WSJ Article on FCC Indecency Complaints

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:49 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

What Does Broadcast Censorship Accomplish?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:47 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Skype Now Free Domestically

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:17 PM | Communications, Innovation, VoIP

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Report from the "E3" (Video Game Industry) Trade Show

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:32 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, May 8, 2006

Net Neutrality Regs Could Threaten Online High-Def Video

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:51 PM | Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, May 5, 2006

Why Communications and Media Markets Will Probably Never Be Deregulated

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:17 AM | Communications, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Net Neutrality = A Financial Services Industry Free-Ride?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:49 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, Wireline

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Monday, May 1, 2006

Some Thoughts on the New Senate Telecom Reform Draft

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:01 PM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Cellular Content Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:41 PM | Free Speech, Wireless

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Do You Really "Save the Internet" By Regulating It?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 AM | Cable, Communications, Free Speech, Net Neutrality, Wireline

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Paranoid Parent Ponders GPS Tracking His Kids

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:25 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media, Privacy

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

So You Still Believe in Infrastructure Socialism?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:55 AM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Mass Media, Wireline

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Parents Have Many Tools to Combat Objectionable Content

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:54 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

New FTC Survey Shows Video Game Enforcement Improving

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:07 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sen. Brownback Turns Up the Heat on the Video Game Industry

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:38 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

WB's Move Shows Why Government Content Controls Are Doomed

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:02 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, March 20, 2006

The 6 Myths Driving the Push for Video Game Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:40 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Memo to Tom Cruise: Just Ignore What Offends You

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:23 PM | Generic Rant

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

The FCC's Indecency Bomb: Why it Might Be the Beginning of the End of All Broadcast Content Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:34 PM | Free Speech

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Wireless Piggybacking

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:16 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Wireless

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

They Say Newspapers Are Dead, But...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:49 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Reed Hundt on Telecom Mergers: From "Unthinkable" to "You Want 'em Big" in Less than 10 Years!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:49 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Communications, Wireline

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Monday, March 6, 2006

Possible Conditions on the AT&T-Bell South Deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:57 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Communications, Net Neutrality, Wireless, Wireline

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006

A Few Snooty Words about Technological Etiquette

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:05 AM | Generic Rant

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sen. Rockefeller's Cable Censorship Bill Could Be Considered in Senate

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:12 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thoughts on the Future of Content Controls (Both Public & Private)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:31 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, February 13, 2006

More on New FCC A La Carte Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:37 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, February 9, 2006

Initial Thoughts on the FCC's Revised A La Carte Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:33 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, February 6, 2006

The SlingBox, Space-Shifting and the Future of Broadcasting

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:51 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, February 3, 2006

E-Mail to Expire in the Year 2157?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 AM | General

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Monday, January 23, 2006

A Friendly Conversation about Corporate High-Tech Engagement with China

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:11 PM | Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Do Parents Have the Tools to Control TV Content?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:22 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Two New PFF Editorials on A La Carte

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:20 AM | Cable, Mass Media

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Family-Friendly Tiering as Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Is Parental Responsibility Dead?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A "Voluntary" Charade: The "Family-Friendly Tier" Case Study

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:57 PM | Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, December 9, 2005

A La Carte as Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:01 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, December 8, 2005

CRS Report on Applying Indecency Regs to Cable

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:43 PM | Free Speech

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Monday, December 5, 2005

A La Carte: Moral Aspects of the Debate

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:10 PM | Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, December 2, 2005

2006 Outlook for Media / Content Companies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:05 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

More Bad News for Old Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:56 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, November 21, 2005

The Video Revolution Just Keeps Rollin' Along

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:01 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Media Deconsolidation, Part 11: Knight Ridder's Coming Crackup

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:37 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Welcoming Daniel English

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:45 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Is Convergence Nothing But Hype?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:52 PM | Communications, Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Questions about FCC Indecency Numbers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:34 PM | Free Speech, The FCC

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Real Net Neutrality Debate: Pricing Flexibility Versus Pricing Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 AM | Communications, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, Wireline

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Our Coming Wireless World

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:53 AM | Wireless

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Sen. Coleman's Effort to Stop a "U.N. for the Internet"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 AM | E-commerce, Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

More Signs of the Impending Death of Content Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

WSJ editorial: "The World Wide Web (of Bureaucrats)"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:11 AM | E-commerce, Free Speech, Internet Governance

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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Yahoo as a Media Slayer

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:59 PM | Mass Media

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And the Oscar Goes to...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Google, Do You Really Want to Be a Telecom Company?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:37 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media, Municipal Ownership, Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Think Tank Consensus Builds on the Telecom Discussion Draft

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:22 AM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Wireline

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

New PFF Paper on ICANN Dispute over New ".xxx" Domain

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:16 PM | Internet

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Blockbuster and Video Rental Industry, Part 3: The Beginning of the End?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:11 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Long Live Public Interest Regulation!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media, VoIP, Wireline

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New Blogs on Media Industry / Media Economics

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:07 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, September 12, 2005

More Thoughts on eBay-Skype Merger and What It Means for Net Neutrality Debate in Particular

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:18 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, VoIP, Wireline

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Friday, September 9, 2005

Cable Ownership Caps Reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 AM | Cable, Mass Media

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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Do Markets Work? Comparing Computing and Communications over the Past Decade

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:01 AM | General, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Coming FCC Push for Cable Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:42 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Fighting Stupidity with Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:12 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

What Does the Future Hold for the Television Industry?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A Sin Tax for Online Porn?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:58 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Are Parents Powerless to Self-Censor Media Content?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

A Refresher Course on the Pitfalls of A La Carte Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:14 PM | Cable, Mass Media

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Cell Phones on Planes: A Federal Matter?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:56 AM | Wireless

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

It Takes a Village To Raise A Video Gamer: Hillary Clinton's Plan to Regulate Video Games

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:42 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Public Broadcasting Subsidies: Welfare for the Rich and Well-Educated

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:52 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Is Google Evil? The Never-Ending Search for High-Tech Villainy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:45 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Supreme Court Strikes Major Blow to Property Rights

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:06 PM | Supreme Court

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