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    Russian Roulette at Voice of America

    Depending on Russian government-funded media to broadcast news from Voice of America (VOA) is about as brain-dead as depending on Russian spaceships to send American astronauts into space or depending on Russian fuel supply for the U.S. ground and air forces in Afghanistan. The outcome will surely not be in … More

    Morning Bell: An Internet Blackout Over SOPA and PIPA

    As of midnight, Wikipedia is shut down for 24 hours, and hundreds of other popular websites have gone dark right along with it. They are standing together in protest of two controversial pieces of legislation that threaten Internet security and undermine the freedom of speech all in an effort to … More

    Morning Bell: The Unintended Consequences of Internet Regulation

    Would you be outraged if the Department of Justice shut down The Foundry without any warning and blocked access for more than a year? That’s exactly what happened to a hip-hop blog called Dajaz1.com, which was falsely accused of criminal copyright infringement. The blog posted music from artists promoting their … More

    Microblogging: The Latest Challenge for China's Censors

    China has the dubious distinction of being one of the most controlled information environments in the world. Yet even China’s army of censors can at times have trouble staying on top of the vast sea of communication that flows through the Internet. The most recent challenge to government control is microblogging … More

    Arab Media (New and Old) Under Attack

    As governments in the Middle East struggle to come to grips with the surging demands for freedom of expression among their populations, media across the spectrum are coming under attack. Repressive regimes do not discriminate between old media and new. Sometimes the threat does not originate from a government but … More

    Chinese Cyber-Censorship of 'Jiang Zemin': Hints About the Future

    The ongoing cyber-crackdown in China, as censors now prevent searches regarding the health of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, is a reminder that the Internet is seen by Beijing as a double-edged sword. By allowing the flow of information, the Internet poses challenges to Chinese authorities, not only in terms … More

    Chinese Censors Tighten Grip on Internet

    Which country has the most Internet users? No, it is not the United States, as cyber connected as we are in this country. The correct answer is China, with 446 million users by the end of 2010, according to “Freedom on the Net: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital … More

    Something Happening Here: Bob Dylan Goes to China

    It’s a hard rain that’s been a-fallin’ on Bob Dylan from some blustery climes. This is because the 69-year-old folk-rock icon supposedly broke the sellout meter with a Chinese concert debut in which he performed songs approved in advance by the Communist regime. Not that it’s Dylan’s job to stand … More

    Fla. Reporter Forbidden to Dig for Facts

    A Florida TV reporter this weekend quickly learned that a journalist’s job is not to dig for facts and a beach is no place for a shovel — at least not in the eyes of government officials. Dan Thomas, a reporter at the local ABC affiliate in Pensacola, Fla., took … More

    Heritage Meets the Guardians of Campus-Progressive Sensitivities

    Palm Beach State College activities director (and Michael Moore Facebook fan) Olivia Morris-Ford is on camera shutting down a Young Americans for Freedom booth during the school’s rush week earlier this month. The reason? The students were handing out Heritage research at a student event. Specifically, it looks like the … More