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Net neutrality: Free internet finds itself in new landscape

With the Federal Communications Commission sacking net neutrality rules, the EFF argues that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will now be able to block web providers and discriminate on the basis of content. The EFF says that given two recent Supreme Court Decisions, the public cannot seek justice by using anti-trust remedies. (Electronic Freedom Foundation, November […]

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Blow to transparency: FBI stingy with crime data in 2017 report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation provided 70 percent fewer stats and tables than usual in its Crime in the United States report published in September.  (Law & Crime, November 20, 2017, by Colin Kalmbacher) According to a Human Rights Watch analysis, October 31, 2017 by Brian Root, the FBI is omitting vital information on arrests. […]

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Monsanto cites First Amendment in fighting cancer warning label

After a defeat in California state court, Monsanto is funneling its legal attack to federal court where it is claiming that a requirement for a warning label on Roundup weed killer is forced speech and violates their First Amendment rights. Monsanto is concerned about a state finding that glyphosate in Roundup is a carcinogen. (Courthouse […]

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Yelp must identify reviewer in defamation case rules California appeals court

A California appeals court ruled that Yelp had the standing to uphold its users’ First Amendment rights but found that a reviewer’s identity could not be protected since the reviewer’s online statements were defamatory. In 2016 an accountant complained that a review defamed him and his business and asked Yelp to identify the reviewer. Yelp […]

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Pentagon leads federal agencies in failure to adequately disclose expenditures

The Defense Department has not devoted the resources to adequately account for its spending as required by the bipartisan 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). The Trump administration has made compliance a priority, but the Pentagon’s inspector general said, “Specifically, for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the [Defense] comptroller did not certify […]

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Fake news emerges as intractable threat to democratic elections

A report by Freedom House, November 14, 2017, reveals that online manipulations and lies influenced elections in at least 18 countries during the last year, hurting the  electorates’ ability to decide on issues and candidates on the basis of truthful information and legitimate debate. The 2016 presidential elections in the U.S. was marred by fake […]

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