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Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretar of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy, discusses the ITU Plenipotentiary and International Internet Governance at a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on Dec. 4.

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretar of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy, discusses the ITU Plenipotentiary and International Internet Governance at a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on Dec. 4. » Read More

Technologies of Freedom, Revisited

Prof. Stuart Brotman has published an article connecting the principles underlying the Institute's new Global Free Speech and the Internet Program (GFSIP) with Ithiel de Sola Pool's classic work, Technologies of Freedom. Prof. Brotman, a law professor at Harvard University, is a member of the GSIP Advisory Council chaired by former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell.  The article appears on The Brookings Institution's TechTank site. » Read More

Institute Launches Global Internet
Freedom Program

The Media Institute has announced the launch of a new initiative to help safeguard Internet freedoms around the world. The “Global Free Speech and the Internet” program will be a forceful advocate for global free speech online.  Chairing the program’s Advisory Council will be former FCC commissioner Robert M. McDowell, widely regarded as a champion of Internet freedoms. » Read More

Free Speech Week Hits New High in 2014

Free Speech Week (FSW) gets bigger and better every year, and 2014 was no exception.  Highlights included: the use of #FreedomSpeaks on Twitter; new partnering organizations like Yelp and the ACLU; references to FSW in articles like this one in Forbes and this one in Barron’s; and FSW events held across the nation at numerous schools and universities.  This year’s celebration was a resounding success!  Celebrated the third full week every October, next year’s FSW is slated for October 19-25, 2015.  For more information on how you can participate or to register your organization as a partner, please visit www.freespeechweek.org.

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Issue Watch

Ford Foundation Pours Millions Into Net Neutrality
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Why Free Enterprise Needs Free Speech » Read More

Justices Weigh Limits of Free Speech Over Internet
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Media & Communications Policy Blog

The Gruber Videos and the Future of Journalism
by Patrick Maines

Very few people (outside of those who wish them ill) have commented on the lack of substantial, and politically even-handed, reporting by the mainstream media (MSM).  Most of the White House press corps has been reduced, during the Obama years, to a gaggle of superficial chroniclers of whatever spin the White House puts on policy issues and national affairs generally. » Read More

FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Is Another Step
in the Regulation of Speech

by Patrick Maines

So the latest development on the speech regulation front is Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s rumored plan to create a “hybrid” regulatory structure in the name of “net neutrality,” the condition which, as it happens, has already been attained. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

Google, Garcia, and Voltaire
by Prof. Doug Lichtman,
UCLA School of Law

Jane Ginsburg wrote earlier this month about Garcia v. Google, a controversial Ninth Circuit decision that is now pending for en banc review. Her piece is excellent; but I have to admit that, even after reading Jane’s article, I remain baffled by the case. » Read More

Fair Use and the Faces of Transformation, Part I
by Prof. James Gibson,
University of Richmond School of Law

The recent Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation case has been the focus of three recent posts in this Intellectual Property Issues series – from me, Doug Lichtman, and Rod Smolla.  In Kienitz, the defendant changed a photograph of the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, into a stylized, high-contrast image, printed on t-shirts that mocked the mayor’s policies. » Read More

Actors as Authors?
by Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg,
Columbia University School of Law

The Ninth Circuit recently agreed to hear Garcia v. Google (original opinion 2-27-14, amended 7-11-14) en banc, thus vacating a controversial decision by Judge Alex Kozinski recognizing a film actor’s copyright ownership of her performance in the film.  The facts of the case were extreme…. » Read More

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