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Released: 6-Nov-2019 2:40 PM EST
How Russia's online censorship could jeopardize internet freedom worldwide
University of Michigan

Russia's ever-tightening grip on its citizens' internet access has troubling implications for online freedom in the United States and other countries that share its decentralized network structure, according to a University of Michigan study.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Newswise: CSU Dominguez Hills Presents LAEDC’s ‘Future Forums: Cyber Security’
Released: 5-Jan-2017 5:05 PM EST
CSU Dominguez Hills Presents LAEDC’s ‘Future Forums: Cyber Security’
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Leaders in digital technology, education, business, and city governance gathered in El Segundo Dec. 14 for Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Future Forums: Cyber Security to address society’s increasing vulnerability to cyber threats.

Released: 10-Dec-2014 6:00 AM EST
Limiting Internet Congestion A Key Factor in Net Neutrality Debate
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

In their paper, “The Economics of Network Neutrality,” Ben Hermalin, Haas Economics Analysis and Policy Group,and Nicholas Economides, Berkeley-Haas visiting professor from NYU'S Stern School of Business, find that if Internet Service Providers known as ISPs initiate price discrimination in their pricing, a “recongestion effect” will occur. In other words, online delivery channels that are less congested at the onset of new pricing tiers will eventually become recongested when consumer behavior adjusts.

Newswise: 'Digital Divide' Expert to FCC: Make Broadband Cheaper
Released: 4-Feb-2013 2:00 PM EST
'Digital Divide' Expert to FCC: Make Broadband Cheaper
University of Illinois at Chicago

Low-income city residents learn to use broadband through public programs, but they will not get home broadband until it costs less -- and government must help make that happen, says a UIC professor to the Federal Communications Commission.

Newswise:Video Embedded have-you-heard-nearly-15-percent-of-work-email-is-gossip
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Released: 6-Jun-2012 9:05 AM EDT
Have You Heard? Nearly 15 Percent of Work Email Is Gossip
Georgia Institute of Technology

According to some estimates, the average corporate email user sends 112 emails every day. About one out of every seven of those messages, says a new study from Georgia Tech, can be called gossip. Assistant Professor Eric Gilbert of the School of Interactive Computing examined hundreds of thousands of emails from the former Enron corporation and found that 14.7 percent of the emails qualify as office scuttlebutt.

Newswise: Privacy Law Expert Warns of the Perils of Social Reading
Released: 9-May-2012 4:45 PM EDT
Privacy Law Expert Warns of the Perils of Social Reading
Washington University in St. Louis

The Internet and social media have opened up new vistas for people to share preferences in films, books and music. Services such as Spotify and the Washington Post Social Reader already integrate reading and listening into social networks, providing what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls “frictionless sharing.” “But there’s a problem. A world of automatic, always-on disclosure should give us pause,” says Neil M. Richards, JD, privacy law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Released: 4-Apr-2012 2:25 PM EDT
Internet Use Promotes Democracy Best in Countries That Are Already Partially Free
Ohio State University

Although use of the internet has been credited with helping spur democratic revolutions in the Arab world and elsewhere, a new multinational study suggests the internet is most likely to play a role only in specific situations.

Released: 3-Apr-2012 10:10 AM EDT
Too Much Information: Lacking Federal Oversight, Cell Service Providers Liberally Peddle Your Private Data
Cornell University

Stephen B. Wicker, Cornell University professor of electrical and computer engineering, comments on obsolete federal data privacy laws. He conducts research on wireless information networks, and focuses on networking technology, law, sociology, and how regulation can affect privacy and speech rights. He is the author of “Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy,” a book to be published by Oxford University Press at the end of 2012.

Released: 7-Mar-2012 11:20 AM EST
Internet Censorship Revealed Through the Haze of Malware Pollution
University of California San Diego

On a January evening in 2011, Egypt – with a population of 80 million, including 23 million Internet users – vanished from cyberspace after its government ordered an Internet blackout amidst anti-government protests that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The following month, the Libyan government, also under siege, imposed an Internet “curfew” before completely cutting off access for almost four days.

Released: 5-Mar-2012 11:20 AM EST
Recent WikiLeaks Release Renews Focus on Balancing Internet Freedom
Cornell University

Stephen B. Wicker, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University, conducts research in wireless information networks and how regulation can affect privacy and speech rights. Wicker comments on the recent WikiLeaks releases, how those releases connect to SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), and the need to balance Internet freedom.

Released: 18-Jan-2012 5:05 PM EST
Internet Law Expert Available to Comment on Piracy Bills
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Internet law and copyright expert Ned Snow is available to comment on the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s Protect IPA Act, both of which have begun to lose Congressional support. If passed, the bills would curb illegal downloading and streaming of TV shows and movies online.

Released: 18-Jan-2012 2:10 PM EST
SOPA ‘Invisibility Cloak’ Too Tempting a Tool to Spare Free Speech
Cornell University

Tarleton Gillespie, a professor of communication and information science at Cornell University, comments on today’s protests by Wikipedia and other websites over potential federal antipiracy legislation.

Released: 18-Jan-2012 11:35 AM EST
Bowling Green State University Professors Available to Comment on SOPA and PIPA Legislation
Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University has two experts available to comment on the Wikipedia protest, SOPA and PIPA legislation.

Newswise: SOPA, PROTECT IP Will Stifle Creativity and Diminish Free Speech, Say WUSTL Experts
Released: 17-Jan-2012 5:15 PM EST
SOPA, PROTECT IP Will Stifle Creativity and Diminish Free Speech, Say WUSTL Experts
Washington University in St. Louis

Wikipedia and other sites plan to go dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act under consideration in Congress. Three law professors from Washington University in St. Louis, Kevin Collins, Gregory Magarian and Neil Richards, signed a letter to Congress in opposition to the PROTECT IP Act. Read Magarian and Richards’ current comments on SOPA and PROTECT IP.


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