During the summer and fall of 2014, federal policy makers and regulators continued to debate the role of “net neutrality” in managing Internet communication. Continue reading.
Some journalists looking for a new or cheaper way to gather information have begun to look to the skies. Continue reading.
On Dec. 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Elonis v. United States, which considered how courts should define what types of statements can constitute a “true threat.” Continue reading.
On Sept. 25, 2014, The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama announced during a White House press conference that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had chosen to resign from his position. Continue reading.
On Nov. 24. 2014, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury had chosen not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American. Continue reading.
Recent Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) actions have raised concerns regarding undercover operations on the Internet. Continue reading.
Two recent high profile cases of hackers stealing photos from online databases have highlighted the difficulty of maintaining privacy in an online environment. Continue reading.
On July 18, 2014, The Washington Post published an op-ed column by former State Department employee John Tye in which he contended that “Americans should be even more concerned” about United States government surveillance justified under Executive Order 12333 (EO 12333) than any other more widely discussed authorities. Continue reading.
On July 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that a federal district court improperly dismissed an insurance broker’s defamation lawsuit against a news program making allegations that his training seminars taught predatory techniques for selling annuities to senior citizens. Continue reading.
On Sept. 17, 2014, Apple announced that its newest mobile operating system would make it technically impossible to comply with law enforcement or intelligence agency warrants for password-protected user data. Continue reading.
First Amendment attorney David A. Schulz argued that “determining the proper level of government transparency is critical to how we proceed as a nation,” during the 29th annual Silha Lecture. Continue reading.
On Dec. 8, 2014, the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), in collaboration with the Twin Cities Chapters of the National Association of Black Journalist and the Asian American Journalists Association, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, and the Minnesota Journalism Center, hosted a forum on the ethics of a news story prepared by Twin Cities ABC-affiliate KSTP, which was dubbed “Pointergate” and received national criticism. Continue reading.