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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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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Net Neutrality & the First Amendment

There are few things I find more annoying in the Net neutrality wars than the silly assertion by groups like Free Press and other regulatory radicals that "Net neutrality is the Internet's First Amendment." It's utter rubbish as I have documented here many times before. But now Sen. Al Franken is running around sputtering such nonsense, as he did in this recent CNN.com editorial, claiming that "Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time." The folks at CNN invited me to response and below you will find the piece PFF press director Mike Wendy and I submitted.

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"Big Government the Real Threat to Internet"

by Adam Thierer & Mike Wendy

In his recent CNN.com opinion piece, "Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time," Sen. Al Franken claims that "our free speech rights are under assault -- not from the government but from corporations seeking to control the flow of information in America."

He alludes to potential corporate blocking of online products and speech and says, "If that scares you as much as it scares me, then you need to care about net neutrality."

Chicken Little, call your office!

Such sky-is-falling scare tactics are all too common in the heated debate over net neutrality regulation, but actual evidence of such nefarious corporate scheming is nowhere to be found. Perhaps that's why Franken resorts to such tall tales.

Moreover, his reading of the First Amendment is at odds with the one most of us learned about in civics class ("Congress shall make no law..."). His would empower regulators by converting the First Amendment from a shield against government action into a sword that bureaucrats could wield against private industry.

Continue reading Net Neutrality & the First Amendment . . .

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

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pub Interest Groups Decry Sunlight - Say It's Corrupting FCC Net Neutrality Process


techdirt's hit kind of a new low in the divisive Net Neutrality debate. Mike Masnick writes that the telcos have got their Net Neutrality deal with the FCC because, well, they have some mighty deep pockets, and they're prepared to use them - either for-or-agin the Dems - come election season. Consequently, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had no choice but to back down from his Net Neutrality / Reclassification madness and give the big boys what they want.

C'mon, Mike! You make the National Enquirer blush.

The "reporting" follows the well worn meme espoused by the Left that when the going gets tough, and the deal looks like it ain't cutting their way - then blame the "monopolists" for corrupting the process. Good lord, get a new riff already.

Free Press, Public Knowledge, MAP and OIC lobbyists (among other "reformistas") have practically installed themselves at the FCC since day one (I think I saw their cots, bedrolls and toiletries there the other day). To claim that they've been left-out strains credulity (as this FCC blog reveals).

Let's see. They've gotten their lobbying dollar's worth out of the Open Internet / Net Neutrality NPRM; the National Broadband Plan; the Wireless Competition Report; the Third Way Statement; the Third Way NOI; the 706 Report; and have supped at the FCC table throughout the "closed-door" Net Neutrality meetings.

Compromise will happen. It should. This is a highly charged debate that has divided many. The FCC hasn't helped any by trying to avoid the will of Congress, end-running around key court decisions, and attempting to jam an innovation-killing rule down the throats of American broadband consumers.

Though I think the Commission is wrong to try to regulate the Internet through broadband Reclassification, I also recognize that some discussion - possibly one that reaches compromise - should occur.

What I do not think is helpful is the idea, seemingly shared by the public interest groups, that "it's our way or no way; and if you get in the way of that - then you're a corrupt SOB."

Mike, remember the elementary school admonition - "sticks and stones..."? I'll bet the network providers do, and it's helped them keep their eye on the ball to ensure that a reasoned ruling comes out of the FCC.

The opposite would be corrupt - a closed process decided by a small handful of elite, "consumer advocates," impervious to reason, debate or the sunlight of opposing viewpoints. Until this summer, it looked like it was going in this direction. Now, thankfully, the process appears to be more inclusive - one which may result in a more fair outcome for all involved.

posted by Mike Wendy @ 8:12 AM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Free Speech, Innovation, Internet, Net Neutrality, Regulation, The FCC

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Monday, July 26, 2010

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

The always-excellent Wall Street Journal "Information Age" columnist L. Gordon Crovitz has another editorial worth reading today, which builds on the Second Circuit's recent decision to reverse FCC content regulation for broadcasting. In "The Technology of Decency," Crovitz explains "parents don't need the FCC to protect their children." "Technology makes it easier to block seven or any number of dirty words," he notes. "Taking the FCC out of regulating indecency might just lead to more decency by refocusing responsibility where it belongs: on broadcasters and parents."

That's a point I've hammered on her in the past and in all my work on parental empowerment solutions, including my book, "Parental Controls and Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools and Methods." Indeed, there has never been a time in our nation's history when parents have had more tools and methods at their disposal to help them decide what is acceptable in their homes and in the lives of their children. And, luckily, poll after poll shows that parents are stepping up to the plate and taking on that responsibility (contrary to what some policymakers in Washington imply).

Moreover, legally speaking, Crovitz shows why the old rationales for regulating broadcasting differently no longer work. "No medium is likely ever to be as pervasive as broadcasting once was," he notes. He goes on to note that:

Continue reading 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

Over at MediaFreedom.org, a new site devoted to fighting the fanaticism of radical anti-media freedom groups like Free Press and other "media reformistas," I've started rolling out a 5-part series of essays about "The Battle for Media Freedom." In Part 1 of the series, I defined what real media freedom is all about, and in Part 2 I discussed the rising "cyber-collectivist" threat to media freedom. In my latest installment, I offer an analytical framework that better explains the major differences between the antagonists in the battle over media freedom.

Understanding the Origins of Political Struggles

In his many enlightening books, Thomas Sowell, a great economist and an even better political scientist, often warns of the triumph of good intentions over good economics. It's a theme that F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman both developed extensively before him. But Sowell has taken this analysis to an entirely differently level in books like A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, and The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy. Sowell teaches us that no matter how noble one's intentions might be, it does not mean that those ideas will translate into sound public policy. Nonetheless, since "the anointed" believe their own intentions are pure and their methods are sound, they see nothing wrong with substituting their will for the will of millions of individuals interacting spontaneously and voluntarily in the marketplace. The result is an expansion of the scope of public decision-making and a contraction of the scope of private, voluntary action. As a result, mandates replace markets, and freedom gives way central planning.

Sowell developed two useful paradigms to help us better understand "the origins of political struggles." He refers to the "constrained" versus "unconstrained" vision and separates these two camps according to how they view the nature of man, society, economy, and politics:

"Constrained Vision" "Unconstrained Vision"
Man is inherently constrained; highly fallible and imperfect Man is inherently unconstrained; just a matter of trying hard enough; man & society are perfectible
Social and economic order develops in bottom-up, spontaneous fashion. Top down planning is hard because planners aren't omnipotent. Order derives from smart planning, often from top-down. Elites can be trusted to make smart social & economic interventions.
Trade-offs & incentives matter most; wary of unintended consequences Solutions & intentions matter most; less concern about costs or consequences of action
Opportunities count more than end results; procedural fairness is key; Liberty trumps Outcomes matter most; distributive or "patterned" justice is key; Equality trumps liberty
Prudence and patience are virtues. There are limits to human reason. Passion for, and pursuit of, high ideals trumps all. Human reason has boundless potential.
Law evolves and is based on the experience of ages. Law is made by trusted elites.
Markets offer benefit of experience & experimentation and help develop knowledge over time. Markets cannot ensure desired results; must be superseded by planning & patterned justice
Exponents: Aristotle, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, James Madison, Lord Acton, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, Robert Nozick Exponents: Plato, Rousseau, William Godwin, Voltaire, Robert Owen, John Kenneth Galbraith, John Dewey, Earl Warren, Bertrand Russell, John Rawls

Continue reading 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

As part of its excellent "Room for Debate" series, the New York Times has an interesting new online symposium up now asking, "Will Networks Go Wild, With No Decency Rules?" It was in response to last week's Second Circuit decision, which again slapped down an effort by the Federal Communications Commission to defend the agency's indecency enforcement regime. I was honored to be asked to contribute a short essay on the subject. Here are the other contributors and their essays. Take the time to check them out:


I was particularly interested in former FCC's Chairman Michael Powell's admission that "The [FCC's] fleeting expletive policy was a mistake," and that "the real problem is the now-flawed constitutional foundation on which the law is built." Powell goes on to argue that, "We cannot have one First Amendment for broadcasting and another one for every other medium. This vestige of a bygone era provides fertile ground for mischief -- culture wars, political agenda and moral mandates. It's high time for the high court to bring our laws into the 21st century."

I wholeheartedly agree, and I wrote a lengthy law review article on just that topic back in 2007 entitled,"Why Regulate Broadcasting: Toward a Consistent First Amendment Standard for the Information Age." If you find it too boring, just watch this video I made summarizing the key points, which I called "America's First Amendment Twilight Zone."

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

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Second Circuit: Pacifica Is Outdated, All Media Deserve Full First Amendment Protection

The Second Circuit just threw out the FCC's broadcast indecency rules--which had led to heavy fines for "fleeting expletives"--as "unconstitutionally vague, creating a chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here." What's ultimately most important about this decision is not what the court did, but what it said: The Constitutional framework that has allowed broadcast censorship has been rendered obsolete by the rise of the Internet and parental empowerment tools for new and old media.

In short, the court utterly rejected the Supreme Court's 1978 Pacifica decision--which gave the FCC great discretion in regulating indecency on broadcast radio and television in order to protect children who might be in the audience during daytime and early evening hours, citing the unique "pervasiveness" and "invasiveness" of broadcasting into the home.  The court fully embraced what we've been saying for years--neither rationale holds true anymore:

we face a media landscape that would have been almost unrecognizable in 1978. Cable television was still in its infancy. The Internet was a project run out of the Department of Defense with several hundred users. Not only did Youtube, Facebook,and Twitter not exist, but their founders were either still in diapers or not yet conceived. In this environment, broadcast television undoubtedly possessed a "uniquely pervasive presence in thelives of all Americans."

The same cannot be said today. The past thirty years has seen an explosion of media sources, and broadcast television has become only one voice in the chorus. Cable television is almost as pervasive as broadcast....  The internet, too, has become omnipresent, offering access to everything from viral videos to feature films and, yes, even broadcast television programs.... Moreover, technological changes have given parents the ability to decide which programs they will permit their children to watch. (15-16)


Thus, the Second Circuit all but begged the Supreme Court to throw out Pacifica completely, but quickly noted that it is "bound by Supreme Court precedent, regardless of whether it reflects today's realities" (17). Fortunately, the court was able to reach the same result on vagueness grounds. It's worth reading this key passage to see what a consistent approach to the First Amendment would look like:

Continue reading Second Circuit: Pacifica Is Outdated, All Media Deserve Full First Amendment Protection . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:48 AM | Free Speech

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

Earlier this year, while I was preparing this mega-filing to the Federal Communications Commission in its "Future of Media" proceeding, I read Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-open: A Free Press for a New Century, by Lee C. Bollinger, who is the president of Columbia University. I had planned on reviewing it since I try to review almost every book I read, but it was hard for me to believe that anyone would take this book too seriously, so I just moved along.

I hate to be that dismissive of any text but this is a book, after all, that proposes the creation of a massive U.S. propaganda machine. Bollinger doesn't just want our government to help out a bit at the margins like it currently does; he wants the State to get under the covers, cuddle tight and become intimate lovers with the Press. And then he wants the Big Press to project itself more, especially overseas, to compete with other State-owned or subsidized media enterprises. Again, it's a propaganda machine, pure and simple. In a new Wall Street Journal editorial today entitled, "Journalism Needs Government Help," he argues:

To me a key priority is to strengthen our public broadcasting role in the global arena. In today's rapidly globalizing and interconnected world, other countries are developing a strong media presence. In addition to the BBC, there is China's CCTV and Xinhua news, as well as Qatar's Al Jazeera. The U.S. government's international broadcasters, like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, were developed during the Cold War as tools of our anticommunist foreign policy. In a sign of how anachronistic our system is in a digital age, these broadcasters are legally forbidden from airing within the U.S. This system needs to be revised and its resources consolidated and augmented with those of NPR and PBS to create an American World Service that can compete with the BBC and other global broadcasters.

China's CCTV and Xinhua news? Qatar's Al Jazeera? Really?! As Jeff Jarvis rightly asks in his terrific response essay, "No American BBC,": "In what sane world is the Chinese government's relationship with news a model?" Indeed, this is frightening stuff. Has Bollinger not studied the Chinese system of state media meddling? Needless to say, it's not pretty. And while I would agree that the BBC model shows that some State-funded media can be quite impressive and free of most meddling, that's not been the case across the board.

Continue reading 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?

I'm hoping to get some input from readers as I look to finish up an amicus brief for the forthcoming Schwarzenegger v. EMA video game case. (Respondent briefs are due in mid-Sept and the State of California just filed its brief with the Court today). You will recall that the Supreme Court accepted the case for review in April, meaning it will be the first major case regarding video game speech rights heard by our nation's highest court. It raises questions about the First Amendment status of games and what rights minors have to buy or play "violent" video games. One section I hope to include in the brief I'm working on deals with how other forms of media content are increasingly intertwined with video game content. In it, I explain how video games are less of a discreet category of visual entertainment than they once were. I'd welcome ideas for other examples to use relative to the ones you see below.

I begin by discussing games that were inspired by major motion pictures, such as both the recent Star Wars and Lord of the Rings movie trilogies, for example. I also note that many games were inspired by notable books, such as the LotR games being inspired by Tolkien, and The Godfather video games that were inspired by Mario Puzo's novel of the same name. I also make mention of The Terminator movies starring California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, which inspired a wide variety of video games, many of which featured his likeness.

More importantly, I highlight how many video games are now inspiring movies, music, books, and comics, including: Prince of Persia, Max Payne, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Doom, Final Fantasy, Halo, and Gears of War. The characters and storylines in the books, comics, and movies based on these games often closely track the video games that inspired them. Increasingly, therefore, games are developed along parallel tracks with these other forms of content. Thus, to regulate games under the standard California proposes in this case raises the question of whether those other types of media should be regulated in a similar fashion. Should every iteration of the original game title be regulated under the standard California has suggested if those books, comics, or movies contain violent themes?

Continue reading 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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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Don't Like Apple's "Censorship" of Apps Content? Use Your iPhone or iPad Browser!

NY venture capitalist Fred Wilson notes eight advantages of using the iPhone's Safari browser over iPhone apps to access content. Fred's arguments seem pretty sound to me and help to illustrate the point I was trying to make a few months ago in a heated exchange over Adam's post on Apple's App Store, Porn & "Censorship": Although Apple restricts pornographic apps, it does not restrict what iPhone (or iPad or iTouch) users can access on their  browsers. (And it's not censorship, anyway, because that's what governments do!)

As I noted in that exchange, the main practical advantage of apps right now over the browser seems to be the ability to play videos from websites that require Flash--which is especially useful for porn! Apple has rejected using Flash on the iPhone on technical grounds, in favor of HTML5, which will allow websites to display video without Flash--including on mobile devices. But once HTML5 is implemented (large scale adoption expected in 2012), this primary advantage of apps over mobile Safari will disappear: Users will be able to view porn on their browsers without needing to rely on apps--and Apple's control over apps based on their content will no longer matter so much, if at all.

Of course, it may take several more years for HTML5 to really become the standard, but what matters is that all Apple products, including mobile Safari, already support HTML5. So it's just a question of when porn sites move from Flash to HTML5. That seems already to be happening, with major porn publishers already starting the transition. The main stumbling block seems to be HTML5 support from the other browser makers. But Internet Explorer 9 supports HTML5, and is expected out early in 2011 with a beta version due out this August. Mozilla's Firefox 4.0 (formerly 3.7) also promises HTML5 support and is due out this November. Since porn publishers have always been on the cutting edge of implementing new web technologies, I'd bet we'll start seeing many porn sites move to HTML5 by this Christmas. And by Christmas 2011, as we all sit around the fire with Grandma sipping eggnog and enjoying our favorite adult websites on our overpriced-but-elegant Apple products loading in HTML5 in the Safari browser, we'll all look back and wonder why anyone made such a big deal about Apple restricting porn apps.

Oh, and if you get tired of waiting, get an Android phone! Anyway, here are my comments on Adam's February post:

Continue reading Don't Like Apple's "Censorship" of Apps Content? Use Your iPhone or iPad Browser! . . .

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:23 PM | Free Speech

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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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Joint CDT-PFF-EFF Comments on FTC's COPPA Review & the Dangers of COPPA Expansion

posted by Berin Szoka @ 3:23 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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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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Friday, June 11, 2010

News Flash: Parenting is Happening!

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

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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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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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Chill Speech, Serve Cold

posted by Mike Wendy @ 10:19 AM | Communications, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, State Policy, The FCC

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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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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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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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Facebook Triggers Another False Alarm over Corporate "Censorship"

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:02 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Free Speech, Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

First Amendment Meddling Is Against the Public Interest

posted by Mike Wendy @ 9:38 AM | Capitol Hill, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Privacy, Regulation, The FCC, The FTC

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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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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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Thursday, April 29, 2010

PFF TechCast #4: Senate Testimony on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:18 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls, PFF Podcasts, Privacy

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 21: State of the Mobile Net & Growing Up Mobile Seminar in DC

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:10 AM | Events, Free Speech, Privacy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Apple's App Store, Porn & "Censorship"

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

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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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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Glen Robinson, Communications Law Giant, Speaks at George Mason Law Thursday 2/18 @ 4 pm

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:29 PM | Communications, Events, Free Speech, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FCC's Genachowski Promises He's Not Out to Regulate Net, New Media

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:27 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Antitrust & Competition Policy, Free Speech, Media Regulation, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Google Buzz: Encouraging Privacy by Design v. Privacy Paternalism

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:11 AM | Free Speech, Privacy

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Major Decision on Community Standards for Internet Governance & More on Judicial Transparency

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:10 AM | Free Speech, e-Government & Transparency

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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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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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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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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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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Political Ads: Good for Publishers, Not Harmful to Advertising Overall

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:30 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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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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Friday, January 1, 2010

Are Consumers Mindless Sheep?

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

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Congresswoman, CALM Thyself! LA Times Eschews Eshoo Nanny State Bill to Regulate Ad Volume

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:25 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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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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Anti-Obesity Activists "Grease" Skids for Unconstitutional, Unnecessary Food Advertising Restrictions

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:39 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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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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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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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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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bob Barr Denounces Cyberbullying Criminalization

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:20 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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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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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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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Privacy Trade-Offs: PFF Comments on December 7 FTC Privacy Workshop

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:53 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy, Security

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

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

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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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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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Friday, October 16, 2009

Software: the Public Option? Genachowski's Government iTunes Apps Store

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:38 PM | Copyright, Free Speech, e-Government & Transparency

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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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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Teen Sexting: Punish or Educate ?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 7:05 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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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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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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cyberbullying Hearing Yesterday: Education, not Criminalization or Intermediary Deputization

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:54 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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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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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Of Dynamic Media, Steamed Dinners, and Bare Breasts

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 2:37 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Supreme Court, The FCC

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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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Friday, September 11, 2009

Meetup.com: Tocqueville's Democracy in (Digital) America

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:18 PM | Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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A First-Hand Perspective on Advertising to Kids, Acquisitiveness & Parental Responsibility

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:15 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech

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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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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Please, Let's Have Fewer "Guardrails" Online!

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:38 AM | Free Speech, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

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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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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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

If NCMEC's Going to Regulate the Internet for Child Porn, It Should At Least Be Subject to FOIA

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:44 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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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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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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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Maine's COPPA 2.0 Law Actually an Indirect Age Verification Mandate

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:45 AM | Add category, Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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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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Maine Adopts COPPA 2.0 Law Heavily Restricting Marketing to Kids

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:22 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Privacy

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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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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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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In Favor of Burdensome Regulations

posted by Mark Adams @ 11:06 AM | E-commerce, Economics, Free Speech, Global Innovation, Innovation, Internet, Internet Governance, Regulation, State Policy, Supreme Court, Trade

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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Dawn of a News 2.0 World

posted by Eric Beach @ 5:05 PM | Free Speech, General

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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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Belgian Ruling Against Yahoo! Sets Dangerous Precedent for Regulation of Internet

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:41 AM | Free Speech, Internet, Internet Governance

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Tennessee Enacts Flawed Cyberharassment Law

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:38 AM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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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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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Lori Drew Acquitted in Megan Meier Case: What to Do About Cyberbullying?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 5:11 PM | Free Speech

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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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Monday, June 29, 2009

Facebook, Twitter, Online Identity Integration & the Future of Anonymity

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:09 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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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

Behavioral Advertising Industry Practices Hearing: Some Issues that Need to be Discussed

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:29 AM | Advertising & Marketing, E-commerce, Free Speech

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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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Friday, June 5, 2009

First Amendment Protection of Search Algorithms as Editorial Discretion

posted by Berin Szoka @ 8:23 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, Googlephobia, Internet, Search

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Monday, June 1, 2009

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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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

COPPA 2.0: The New Battle over Privacy, Age Verification, Online Safety & Free Speech

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:38 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Free Speech, 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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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Emerging Threats to Section 230

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

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jim Moran, Erectile Dysfunction, and Prudery Disguised as Policy

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 10:34 AM | Capitol Hill, Free Speech, Mass Media

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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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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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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The "Firstness" of the First Amendment

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 10:38 AM | Free Speech, Internet Governance, The FCC

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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

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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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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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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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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Friday, February 27, 2009

New PFF Study: "Who Needs Parental Controls?"

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

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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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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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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

CRS Report on History of Fairness Doctrine

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

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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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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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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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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Closing the Book on COPA?

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

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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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Monday, December 22, 2008

Kids, Video Games, Fantasy, & Imagination

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

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Martin Abandons Unconstitutional Filtering Proposal; What About Obama's Universal Broadband?

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:18 PM | Broadband, Free Speech, Internet

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

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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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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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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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Harry Lewis on "The Dangers of Internet Censorship"

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

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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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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

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

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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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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Monday, October 6, 2008

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

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

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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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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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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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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 3, 2008

DVRs Becoming an "Indispensable" Household Item

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

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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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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 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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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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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Product Placement in Historical Context

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cellphones, Freedom and the Cuban Embargo

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

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Forbes on "Making Social [Networking] Sites Safer"

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

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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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Monday, May 5, 2008

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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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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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Video games, pro wrestling, and the politics of hypocrisy

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

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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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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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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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Thursday, March 27, 2008

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

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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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tibet, Technology & the Future of Freedom

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

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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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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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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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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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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Australian government online safety report

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

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Kids and Media

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 10:29 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, 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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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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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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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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Friday, February 1, 2008

Good for Obama: He favors parental empowerment over censorship

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

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Google's political advertising guidelines

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech

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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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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

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 2, 2008

Richard Roeper on regulating in-flight movies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:24 PM | Free Speech

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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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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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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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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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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Parental Control Perfection

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:42 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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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

New Online Safety Bills

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:53 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Technology Meets Old Constitutionalism

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 9:30 AM | Free Speech

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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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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New Mobile Parental Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:32 PM | Free Speech, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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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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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tribe: Net Neutrality Violates First Amendment

posted by Ray Gifford @ 4:31 PM | Broadband, Communications, Free Speech, Net Neutrality

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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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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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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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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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Thursday, July 5, 2007

China and the Internet

posted by Solveig Singleton @ 11:11 AM | 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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Good Idea! Censorship as Trade Barrier

posted by Solveig Singleton @ 11:51 AM | Free Speech

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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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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

More from the Onion

posted by Solveig Singleton @ 2:24 PM | Free Speech

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Regulating Violence on TV: Some Recommended Reading

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:24 AM | Free Speech

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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, January 30, 2007

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 17, 2007

MySpace to Provide Parental Monitoring Tools

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

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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 21, 2006

A Bad Day in Court for the FCC

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:19 AM | Free Speech

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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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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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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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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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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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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Can Government Improve Video Game Ratings?

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

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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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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

UK Fighting the Good Fight

posted by Patrick Ross @ 11:42 AM | Free Speech, Internet, Mass Media

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The Ultimate Online Predator Solution

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:01 AM | Free Speech

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Monday, October 16, 2006

National Freedom of Speech Week

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:00 PM | Free Speech

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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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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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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

My Filing in Latest FCC Indecency Proceeding

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:19 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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

More on Social Networking Regulatory Threats

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:15 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Do's and Dont's for Media Regulation

posted by Patrick Ross @ 10:23 AM | Free Speech, IP, Innovation, Internet, 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 9, 2006

AOL, Search Records and Privacy

posted by Patrick Ross @ 4:55 PM | Free Speech, Privacy

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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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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

"The Protection of Minors Needs to be Guaranteed"

posted by Patrick Ross @ 12:25 PM | Free Speech

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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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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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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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It's a Taking, Damn It!

posted by James DeLong @ 10:07 AM | 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

Reflections on "Beyond Censorship" Summit

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:34 PM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

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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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 12, 2006

Parents Have Many Tools to Combat Objectionable Content

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:54 AM | Free Speech

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Monday, April 3, 2006

Protecting Children

posted by Patrick Ross @ 4:06 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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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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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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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, 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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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Gross on Internet Governance

posted by Patrick Ross @ 8:34 AM | Digital Europe 2006, Free Speech, Internet, Internet Governance

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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

Internet Regulation Without Frontiers

posted by Patrick Ross @ 11:45 AM | Economics, Free Speech, Mass Media

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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, November 18, 2005

In Search of Appropriate Social Goals in Communications Regulation

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:12 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Free Speech, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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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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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

And the Oscar Goes to...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Regulation Without Frontiers

posted by Patrick Ross @ 2:20 PM | Communications, Digital Europe, Free Speech, Internet, Mass Media

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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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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Falling Apologies at Wal-Mart

posted by Patrick Ross @ 3:30 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Recruitment Spikes at the IRS

posted by Patrick Ross @ 11:53 AM | Free Speech

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A Sin Tax for Online Porn?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:58 AM | Free Speech

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Wal-Mart Says No to The First Amendment

posted by Patrick Ross @ 5:50 PM | 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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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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Monday, June 20, 2005

Miami Herald Article on Impact of the PTC in Censorship Debate

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:57 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Washington Post op-ed on Expanded Censorship Threat

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:43 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

More on the Potential for Cellphone Content Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:30 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Analysis of Latest Cable Censorship Bill (S. 946: "The Kid-Friendly TV Programming Act")

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:45 PM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Your Soapbox is My Soapbox! Thoughts on the Media Access Movement in General and the Media & Democracy Coalition's "Bill of Media Rights" in Particular

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:25 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Will A Wireless Ratings Scheme Be Enough to Head Off Cellphone Censorship?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:44 AM | Free Speech, Wireless

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

New PFF Analysis of S. 616, the "Indecent and Gratuitous and Excessively Violent Programming Control Act of 2005"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

More on Cellphone TV Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:45 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Wireless

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Friday, April 8, 2005

C-Span and Indecency

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:18 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005

What Counts As "Criminal" Speech?

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

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If You Mandate It, They Will Come... Maybe

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:55 AM | Free Speech

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Internet Censorship

posted by Patrick Ross @ 9:55 AM | Free Speech

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Red Lion R.I.P.: FCC Declares the Scarcity Doctrine Dead

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:05 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Wireless

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

More on Media Convergence and Censorship

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

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Will 2005 Be the Year That Congress Censors Cable and Satellite TV?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:59 PM | Free Speech

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Is Cell Phone Censorship Around the Corner?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:05 AM | Free Speech

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Hillary Clinton Wants a V-Chip in Your I-Pod

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:18 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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The Saving Private Ryan Censorship "Precedent"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:12 AM | Free Speech

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Saturday, March 5, 2005

Introducing PFF's Center for Digital Media Freedom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:20 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Indecent horses with prostitutes, or is it vice-versa?

posted by Ray Gifford @ 10:59 PM | Free Speech

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