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Spanish Politicians Call For More Censored Net After Political Assassination

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, May 19 2014

Isabel Carrasco did not die because of social media. The Spanish politician was murdered by a 55 year old woman who blamed Carrasco for her daughter's dismissal from the León provincial council in 2011, a snub that was dragged out for years in court over a payment dispute that was eventually decided in the council's favor just days before the murder took place. It is clearly a straightforward, if deranged and poorly planned, revenge killing. Why it has led Spanish politicians to call for the policing of social media is more of a mystery.

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Programmers and Lawmakers in New Documentary on Internet Policy "War"

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, May 3 2013

Several Members of Congress will appear along with the late Aaron Swartz in an upcoming documentary titled War for the Web, which is set to examine the recent policy debates over the Internet with a focus on digital privacy, CISPA, net neutrality and SOPA, as the The Hill and Cnet have recently reported. Read More

Hashtags and Robots.txt: How German Parliament Debates Internet Policy

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, November 30 2012

The German Parliament on Thursday held its first debate about a government-proposed law that could force search engines and other online news aggregators to pay a license fee to news publishers for displaying snippets of online news articles.

During this first round of debate, scheduled Thursday at 10:40 p.m., Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration and its allies defended the law as harmless to freedom of expression and a necessary step to regulate an increasingly vital Internet. Opponents questioned the unforeseen consequences that might result and criticized the coalition government's record on Internet policy, joining Google and some allies who have sought in recent weeks to build public opposition to the law.

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What the FCC Did to Net Neutrality Today

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, December 21 2010

FCC Chair Julius Genachowski; March 2010 photo by wiredbike Read More

Will They Come for Mitt.ly? (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 6 2010

Ben Metcalfe warns that folks should think twice about making use of ".ly" domain names, after, it seems, the Libyan domain registry that manages that top-level domain, or TLD, refused to re-new Violet Blue's ... Read More

The ICANN Shift: Towards a Less U.S. Internet

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, October 1 2009

Some big big news from the world of Internet governance. The context is that while we tend to talk about the Internet as if its some sort of organic wonder, the truth is that there is a Dr. Frankenstein in the mix. (Is ... Read More

Chris Dodd at Google

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, December 10 2007

Chris Dodd is appearing at Google right now and his dutiful web team is streaming it live on his site.  Hopefully he'll address some of the tech policy issues we recently graded the Democrats and the Republicans on ... Read More

Grading the Candidates' Tech Policies: The Republicans

We've spent some time looking through the candidates' policy statements on technology, the media, education, transparency and infrastructure. We're primarily interested in seeing what issues they choose to highlight on their websites and in their speeches and press releases, as those are good indicators of their priorities. But if we only relied on those sources, we'd have to flunk every Republican running, as there's notably little on their official sites that touches on most of those topics.

Grading the Candidates' Tech Policies: The Democrats

We've spent some time looking through the candidates' policy statements on technology, the media, education, transparency and infrastructure. We're primarily interested in seeing what issues they choose to highlight on their websites and in their speeches and press releases, as those are good indicators of their priorities. Here's what we found.