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Social media – friend or foe?

Social media – friend or foe?

Freedom House’s latest report on the state of the Internet says, “Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, converting them into...

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In a digital era, Internet freedom is essential. Internet freedom includes digital rights, freedom of information, the right to Internet access, freedom from censorship, and net neutrality. In Russia, a new law enabling the government to disconnect users from the...

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From global village to social isolation

From global village to social isolation

How is “digital” transforming the way we live? Imagine the abode of the future – house, apartment, hotel room, log cabin, prison cell – equipped with a “plasma wall” incorporating all the telecommunications interfaces that enable social and cultural activity. Each...

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Media puppetry in Poland

Media puppetry in Poland

Here is an example of why media independence is vital to people everywhere. In Poland, the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) alleges the media are controlled by Germany and says foreign control should be stopped. The real aim is to bring the media into...

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Media reform is alive and kicking!

Media reform is alive and kicking!

In September 2019, in a victory for the principles underlying media democracy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rebuked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by overturning the agency’s latest attempts to eliminate long-standing limits on...

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Protest in the digital realm

Protest in the digital realm

Digital technology is a growing force in today’s world. Since advocacy groups during the Vietnam War became incensed by televised images of suffering and torture, information and communication technology has changed the way we interact with the world around us. But it...

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Media independence: A fundamental question

Media independence: A fundamental question

It’s surprising that the issue of “fake news” took so long to raise its head. Deliberate misinformation and bias have been around for as long as journalism itself – more than 400 years by some accounts. The yellow press (a term coined in the 1890s to describe the...

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