Category Archives: Law

Social media fuels protests in Ferguson and New York

After the controversial grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner, protesters turned to social media to organize their demonstrations. Twitter and Instagram were used to visualize the growing crowds and motivate additional protesters … Continue reading

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NPR interview on Chris Christie presser

The scandal over bridge lane closures by his administration as a means of political retaliation has put New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the defensive. The possible Republican presidential contender gave a two-hour press conference on Tuesday, expressing his own … Continue reading

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Social media outrage over George Zimmerman’s acquittal

  The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the trial for the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has caused widespread outrage on social media. I was interviewed by WTVR-CBS 6 reporter Tracy Sears about the impact of social media on … Continue reading

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Survey on nonprofits and social media

I am currently carrying out a national survey on the social media engagement as well as policies and guidelines of nonprofit organizations. If you are working for a nonprofit organization, please take a few minutes and complete my survey. Please … Continue reading

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Legal battle to protect the Facebook “Like”

An appeals court in Richmond is considering whether a Facebook “Like” is protected speech under the U.S. Constitution. A district court had ruled earlier this year that the “Like” is not protected. A sheriff’s officer had “liked” the Facebook page … Continue reading

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How much social media will be allowed at the Olympics?

With the London Olympics only a few weeks away, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its new social media policy that does not allow spectators and athletes to upload video snippets to various social media sites. It is an attempt … Continue reading

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Rodney King and the impact of citizen videos

The death of Rodney King this weekend reminded us of the police brutality, the controversial court ruling and the subsequent riots in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. But the Rodney King case also marked the advent of citizen videos … Continue reading

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Is a Facebook “like” protected speech?

A ruling by a U.S. District Judge in Virginia brings expressions on social networks to the forefront of the legal debate. The court ruling determined that a Facebook “like” cannot be considered protected speech. The case was about workers in … Continue reading

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Twitter and Facebook as legal defense strategy

The legal defense team of George Zimmerman, who faces a second-degree murder charge in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, has started a social media campaign as part of its defense strategy. Attorney Mark O’Mara started using Twitter, Facebook … Continue reading

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How much should governments regulate the Internet?

The question of how much influence governments should have over Internet regulation is as old as the medium itself. In Singapore, the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts has asked the Internet community to create a code of conduct … Continue reading

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