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Mozilla Announces Resignation of Recently Appointed CEO Brendan Eich Following Controversy over Gay Marriage Opposition
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Corey Omer

On April 3, Mozilla Corporation (“Mozilla”), a subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation most widely known for producing the Firefox browser, announced that its CEO of less than two weeks, Brendan Eich, has resigned, after pressure from Mozilla employees, bloggers, and developers who opposed his appointment in light of a $1000 donation that he made in 2008 in support of Proposition 8, a ballot measure that sought to ban gay marriage in California.


Posted On Apr - 13 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Facebook Changes Policy to Tighten Regulation of Online Gun Sales
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Insue Kim

Under pressure from law enforcement and advocacy groups, Facebook recently announced policy changes directed at reducing the sale of guns over its social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. While some criticize the policy as a failed attempt to restrict First Amendment free speech rights, gun-control groups have applauded the change as a meaningful first step towards achieving online safety.


Posted On Mar - 15 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Gea Kang

Facebook looks to provide Internet access viadrones

Michael Jordan emerges victorious in commercial speech case

Apple wins patent for transparent wraparound phone screen


Posted On Mar - 9 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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
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