April 20, 2010 |
"There are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are seven of them that you can't say on television…. They must be really bad." In 1972, comedian George Carlin wrote a monologue titled, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." When a version of this riff was broadcast the following year on a jazz radio station, it set off a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ultimately upheld the right of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate indecent material on the airwaves.
August 29, 2012 |
Christopher J. Dodd, a former Democratic senator from Connecticut and now Hollywood's point person in Washington, had some rare kind words for Republicans. Dodd, chairman and chief executive of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Hollywood's chief lobbying group, praised the GOP's statements on intellectual property and Internet freedom during its convention in Tampa, Fla. "The Republican Party platform language strikes a very smart balance: it emphasizes the importance of us doing more as a nation to protect our intellectual property from online theft while underscoring the critical importance of protecting Internet freedom," Dodd said in a statement.
June 9, 2010 |
Google Inc. may have pulled its search engine out of mainland China, but it's still pressing U.S. and European governments to take a stand on censorship as an unfair barrier to free trade. The Internet giant's top lawyer, David Drummond, said Wednesday that pressure from Western nations is "the only way that it's going to change, that this tide of censorship or this rising censorship is going to be arrested," according to an Associated Press report. Google has been trying to make Internet freedom a plank of American foreign policy since its public standoff with Chinese leaders over censorship issues and cyber attacks that infiltrated Google and the Gmail accounts of human rights activists.
December 10, 2006
Regarding "Phone firms' TV market bid may skip Congress," Nov. 28: "Net neutrality" is about whether we, the consumers, get to choose what we view and what speed of service we purchase, or whether AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., etc., get to decide this for us. Phone companies have to connect all phone calls. Period. If the business owner down the street pays a higher fee, he can get more services, but he can't purchase a clearer connection or the right to receive calls faster or at the expense of mine.
February 17, 2011
After the revolution in Egypt, it has become a truism that the Internet can foster dissent and political freedom. But in a thoughtful speech this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton put that observation in perspective and committed the United States anew to promoting the online exchange of ideas in other countries. Clinton's speech was vague in places, and there is a tension between her emphasis on the importance of protecting the privacy of everything from business documents to journalists' notes and efforts by the U.S. government to combat online security threats.
June 24, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Washington would not look favorably if it turns out that China and Russia purposely chose to ignore American desires to apprehend National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on three felony counts, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said on a three-day visit to India. Terming Snowden an indicted felon, Kerry said all appropriate countries have been notified of his status. “It would be very disappointing if he was willfully allowed to board an airplane” from Hong Kong to Moscow, Kerry said at a news conference with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, adding that he “would be deeply troubled” if Russia and China knew of Snowden's plans, “and there would be, without any question, some effect and impact on the relationship and consequences.” “I'd urge them to live within the law,” Kerry added.