Americans Need To Grow Up

The ubiquity of social media has created a whole new category of problems, especially for lawmakers and parents. Much of the consternation is understandable and many of the concerns eminently reasonable. But when technology and social media meet America’s deeply-rooted sexual prudery, we get some very unfortunate (not to mention marginally insane) results. A recent case from Minnesota is illustrative. […]

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Media & Journalism: Why Trust Matters

In 2009, I wrote a book titled Distrust, American Style. In it, I looked at the issue of trust through the lens of social capital scholarship. Trust and reciprocity are essential to social capital–and especially to the creation of “bridging” social capital, the relationships that allow us to connect with and value people different from ourselves. I didn’t address an issue that I […]

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Weaponizing Speech

Weaponizing Free Speech - social media has become a censorship weapon

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a provocative article by Tim Wu, a media historian who teaches at Columbia University, titled “Did Twitter Kill the First Amendment?” He began with the question: You need not be a media historian to notice that we live in a golden age of press harassment, domestic propaganda and coercive efforts to control political debate. […]

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Meanwhile, At The FCC: Media Ownership & Net Neutrality

net neutrality

Unlike many–most?–of Trump’s appointees, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to know what he’s doing and how to do it. And that’s a big problem. He’s already rolled back what The Street calls a “pillar of U.S. media ownership restrictions.” “Owners of local television stations will be permitted to buy a local radio station or newspaper in the same market after the Federal Communications Commissions […]

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100 Days of Trump: Where Are Key WhiteHouse.Gov Pages?

100 Days of Trump: Where Are Key WhiteHouse.Gov Pages?

During the inauguration on January 20, the digital transition between the Obama White House and Trump White House websites occurred displacing issues, studies, and entire departments. While his supporters and surrogates explained the Trump administration had just begun and that those pages would assuredly return in some form, climate change scientists, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activists, and left-leaning pundits all wondered aloud whether Trump intended to continue […]

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Trump Guts LGBTQ Federal Contractor Protections

Trump anti-LGBTQ executive order

Despite promises otherwise, Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday effectively gutting Obama’s order extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ federal contractors. Specifically, with the flick of a pen, Trump revoked the the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order (Executive Order 13673) that stated federal contractors must show proof they are complying with all federal laws and executive orders. That means the executive order explicitly protecting […]

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Trump’s Digital Transition Should Concern Everyone

During the inauguration the digital transition also occurred

As mainstream media kissed Donald Trump’s ring during the transition of power at the Inauguration today, something curious happened: the digital transition from Obama to Trump’s White House occurred and offered everyone a glimpse of what the next four years will look like. And that glimpse should concern everyone. The most notable change is the Twitter transition as that’s what Trump is known for. […]

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Bombshell: Trump’s Secret Server Connection to Russia

Donald Trump maintained a private, secret server with Alfa Bank in Russia

In a lengthy technical article published last night Franklin Foer at Slate exposed what could be the smoking gun everyone’s been searching for in connecting Donald Trump to Russia. Essentially, Trump maintained a secret, directly connected server with a bank in Russia that would spike in traffic around politically charged periods such as presidential debates. When pressed about the server’s […]

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Russia Suspected in DDoS Attack on Newsweek Over Trump Cuba Story

Putin and Russia suspected in DDOS attack on Newsweek for Trump Cuba embargo story

Following a blockbuster story detailing Donald Trump’s potential violation of the Cuban trade embargo, Newsweek was attacked by cyber terrorists as a part of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack Thursday night. During that attack, Newsweek’s website was down for several hours. News emerging today alleges that Russia was behind the DDoS attack offering even more evidence that Vladimir Putin and the Russian government is working to manipulate […]

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