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Oklahoma Rep. Battles Violent Video Games

On February 7, 2012 By Michael Walker

By now you’re familiar with all the dangers: weight gain, desensitization, feelings of estrangement, and the wholesale degradation of America’s youth.

I’m not talking about illicit drugs. I’m talking about—users beware!—violent video games. In Oklahoma, State Representative William Fourkiller, a Democrat, is waging war against gory games. Last week, he introduced a bill [...]

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Examining an opposing party’s social media page for damaging pictures or posts has become common practice in many trials, particularly civil trials or those where credibility is a key issue. A Facebook or MySpace picture that contradicts the image a party is attempting to portray can be helpful in swaying a jury. Although using evidence [...]

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On Monday, WikiLeaks announced that it will suspend publication while it raises funds and fights a blockade by financial institutions that has been forcing the non-profit into financial instability for nearly a year. After WikiLeaks published U.S. Cable Leaks in late November 2010, a series of financial institutions refused to continue conducting business with [...]

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Less than six months ago, I blogged about citizen reporters using Flickr and other social media sites as fora to organize and rally amidst unrest in the Middle East.  Here in the United States, we find another example of social media being used as an increasingly powerful and common activist tool: this time, with [...]

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The season finale of your favorite television show aired last night, and the unthinkable happened: You missed it. Fortunately, networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV, and FOX stream full episodes on their websites. However, most of these website interfaces are clumsy and lethargic. Enter [...]

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Hurricane Scandal Brings Storm of Controversy

On August 25, 2011 By Ryan Sawyer

Numerous Miami players may face criminal charges as a result of the emerging scandal.

Just as coverage of the “memorabilia for tattoos” scandal that rocked Ohio State football has finally quieted, a new college football program has emerged as the focus of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) investigation and media frenzy. In a [...]

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Lawmakers in Missouri recently passed the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which limits social media interactions between teachers and students. The law’s main focus is to identify predatory teachers. For example, the law describes procedures a school must follow when students report sexual misconduct by [...]

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Over the past decade, internet users have taken part in a continuously changing online experience.  Privacy, one of the most dynamic features of this experience, always seems to be the cause of significant shifts in online behavior.  In the beginning, there were chat rooms resembling the wild west, where users could complain, comment, [...]

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The National Law Journal recently reported that 78 percent of the top 100 U.S. law firms have twitter accounts. However, a small minority of firms are actually using their accounts frequently. According to Adrian Dayton, who has authored a book on the subject, [...]

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Court finds Righthaven wrong

On June 24, 2011 By Michael Walker

Here’s to lifting your ledes:

A federal judge ruled Monday that publishing an entire article without the rights holder’s authorization was a fair use of the work, in yet another blow to newspaper copyright troll Righthaven.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, because

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