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Google told German newspapers to opt in, and they did

A law meant to make aggregators pay for content has instead caused Google to threaten to remove papers from its news search

In July, a month before Germany's controversial copyright law requiring search engines to pay for featuring snippets of content was... More

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Required skimming: privacy and intellectual property

Be in the know on one of the day’s biggest issues

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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What MIT really thought of Aaron Swartz

The school leadership’s patience for hacker culture only went so far

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a report, produced by an internal "Review Panel," on the school's actions... More

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WaPo makes a Switch

The paper’s newest blog will cover tech policy, the Wonkblog way

The Washington Post announced on Monday the launch of a new tech policy blog, The Switch, that will cover "NSA... More

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Creating Internet accountability

Author Rebecca MacKinnon’s new project aims to rank Internet giants on human rights

Rebecca MacKinnon is the sort of person who, after Edward Snowden leaked details of the government's digital surveillance program, could... More

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A new film shows how much we knew, pre-Snowden, about Internet surveillance

Snowden’s disclosures “didn’t feel much like revelations,” says the director

There was a moment in Terms and Conditions May Apply, a new documentary about the dangers of using the Internet,... More

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Google circumvents Germany’s pay-for-content rule by making news orgs opt in

LSR was passed to help media creators get paid when their work is used in search, but it’s not working out that way

Last spring, Google unsuccessfully tried to prevent a German copyright law that would require news aggregators to pay for the... More

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Copyright for copy writers

“Work-for-hire” contracts in a digital age

As a freelance writer, I've signed some contracts that consist of a couple simple paragraphs, and others that had tangles... More

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A proposal to reform first sale rights

In a digital age, reselling media can be cast as illegal duplication

In its current iteration, copyright law gives us content consumers a right that we've internalized so thoroughly that most people... More

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Reporting, or illegal hacking

Scripps reporters are accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The team at Scripps Howard News Service didn't use any tools that aren't used in newsrooms across the country in... More

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Lessons for journos in the NSA revelations

Anyone wishing to keep communications private will need to take additional steps to protect them

In the second such revelation in less than a month, on Wednesday the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald released a copy of... More

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Fair game

A new set of principles aims to help journalists improve their understanding of fair use

News breaks. A crime, an accident, a natural disaster. The newsroom starts gathering information, and among the sources reporters and... More

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UK considers stepping up Internet blocking

Home secretary Theresa May wants to prevent more “radicalization”

Should governments block websites that spread hardline ideology but don't explicitly advocate violence--like the ones likely read by the Tsarnaev... More

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What the government isn’t telling us

The Declassification Engine is a new project using statistical and machine learning to help reveal secrets

You probably haven't heard of "Operation Boulder," a Nixon-era program that scrutinized the activities of Arab Americans and profiled visa... More

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How CopyrightX managed to convince hundreds of online students to stick with a course on copyright law

CopyrightX, an online course run out of Harvard this spring as part of the EdX program, was unusual in a... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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