Tag Archives: Government

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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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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Wikipedia and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

As previous studies with my research partner Marcia DiStaso from Penn State University have shown, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia can have a strong influence on how a company’s reputation is framed online. Our latest study, which was just published in … Continue reading

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Social media supervision on the job

A state government department in Maryland has asked job applicants for their Facebook usernames and passwords. While questions about marital status and family background are generally off limits during job interviews, this trend raises many privacy concerns. At the same … Continue reading

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Why “Kony 2012″ went viral

An online campaign can hardly be more effective than the one of Invisible Children. This week, the nonprofit published an online documentary video on the abductions and mass murder of children in Uganda that went viral and brought attention to … Continue reading

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Online protests for freedom of speech on the Internet

The proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation has not only triggered protests by new media companies, but it has also led to a widespread social media campaign that is likely to stall the bills in both houses of the U.S. Congress. … Continue reading

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The battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley

The legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress to fight online piracy abroad have caused unprecedented protests by new media companies and organizations this week. The one-day shutdown of Wikipedia and highly publicized protest of Google, Facebook, Twitter and other websites … Continue reading

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