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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, April 21 2014

Three Hop Warrant on The Good Wife (Screenshot, CBS)

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. Read More

Law on the Internet is "Whack-a-Mole" for The Good Wife

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, November 25 2013

Reddit clone "Scabbit" on CBS' The Good Wife (screencap)

The Good Wife took on the futility of trying to enforce law on the Internet Sunday night with a storyline that echoed the problems that arose from the crowdsourcing of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation on Reddit, in the aptly named episode "Whack-a-Mole," giving some high profile TV attention to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Not surprisingly, the episode has already spawned a thread on Reddit itself. Read More

First POST: Sabotage

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 8 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: The latest explanations for HealthCare.gov's troubled start; why journalists need to reverse engineer algorithms; how fact-checking sites may be improving the behavior of politicians; and much, much more. Read More

Aaron Swartz and Anonymous in "The Good Wife"

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, April 16 2013

Anonymous on The Good Wife (CBS Publicity)

Mass media imitated life in a new way last weekend, as an episode of CBS's The Good Wife invoked the memory of the late, troubled programmer Aaron Swartz as it explored the lines between Anonymous, Internet activism and idealism. The Good Wife has already drawn attention for its writers' tendency to use recent events as material. The episode, which first aired Sunday, also evoked Steubenville rape case and that of a Kentucky teenager who was charged in 2012 for naming her alleged attackers on Twitter. Read More

House Subcommittee Approves Global Online Freedom Act

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 27 2012

Image: WIRED/Wikimedia Commons

A House subcommittee on human rights voted on Tuesday to approve a bill that seeks to promote the notion of global "Internet freedom" by blocking the export of U.S. technologies that overseas regimes would use primarily ... Read More