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The Future of Net Neutrality

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 5 2010

Worth mentioning here on the blog that there's a battle brewing this week over whether the Federal Communications Commission is going to assert some authority over broadband Internet or chose to accept a diminished jurisdiction in the wake of a recent federal court decision -- a move that many seeing as making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the FCC to regulate net neutrality principles or move forward on some aspects of its National Broadband Plan. Ars Technica has a good run-down of the situation here.

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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