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FCC Cancels Controversial Plan to Survey Nation’s Newsrooms
By Corey Omer – Edited by Kim Meyer

Following intense criticism, the Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on a plan to ask media owners, news directors, and reporters invasive questions about editorial judgment and journalistic practices. A field study of the survey was scheduled to begin in South Carolina this spring but, on February 28, 2014, the agency issued a two-sentence statement laying the study permanently to rest.


Posted On Mar - 1 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Judge Denies Request to Delay Hearing, Challenge to Government’s Metadata Collection Presses Forward

American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

At a hearing last Thursday, Judge William Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the government ‘s request to delay a hearing date for American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.  The denial is the latest in the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the Obama administration’s metadata collection practices, specifically collecting Verizon’s customer records.


Posted On Aug - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Twitter Releases Users’ Identities to French Authorities After Tough Legal Battles
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

Twitter, traditionally a stalwart opponent of government surveillance requests, released to French prosecutors the identities of users who had tweeted anti-Semitic comments in violation of France’s hate speech laws. The social media giant’s capitulation follows a series of legal battles over the issue, including a $50 million lawsuit for failing to provide the information.


Posted On Jul - 21 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Katherine Walecka

First Amendment Protects Peer-Reviewed Publication Regarding Competitor’s Product

Second Circuit Affirms Finding of No Material Mistake in Wiretap Application Against Raj Rajaratnam

High Damages in Peer-to-Peer Distribution Suit Affirmed as Statutory, Not Punitive


Posted On Jul - 15 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Rules that Anti-Prostitution Policy Requirement for HIV/AIDS Funding Violates First Amendment

Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.
By Andrew Spore – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled that requiring as a condition of funding that recipients of federal HIV/AIDS prevention funds have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution” constituted an impermissible restriction on speech, Agency, slip op. at 15, affirming a 2011 decision by the Second Circuit.


Posted On Jul - 8 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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