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Federal Trade Commission Issues Privacy Guidelines For Tech Companies, Calls On Congress For New Law

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 26 2012

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday called on Congress to enact new legislation that would better protect consumers' privacy in the age of data brokers, online tracking and social networks. The commission also issued an extensive and updated report that lays out comprehensive guidelines for private sector companies on how they can better protect their customers' privacy. In addition to affecting the platforms that campaigns and advocacy groups use to further their causes, the guidelines are pertinent to the increasing number of companies that are creating tools in the political space. Read More

Federal Trade Commission To Issue Final Version of Privacy Guidelines on Monday

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, March 23 2012

The Federal Trade Commission said on Friday that it plans to issue its final privacy framework on Monday. The new report will incorporate feedback from the public after the commission came out with its initial report in ... Read More

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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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