Alaa Abd El-Fattah
) is among the many Egyptian activists, organizers, and bloggers
being held under the military government's law against protests
. The EFF's Bloggers Under Fire section
highlights bloggers detained for their online speech and provides advice for bloggers at risk
On May 7th, Robert Krulwich
(of WNYC's RadioLab
and accompanying NPR blog Krulwich Wonders
) gave the commencement speech to Berkeley Journalism School’s Class of 2011 on the future of journalism
. (Via) [more inside]
Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent
- Adding to its long-running series
on corruption and abuse in post-Communist Russia, the New York Times has reported on Russian authorities using the pretext of software piracy to seize computers from journalists and political dissidents critical of current policies. In a surprising twist, lawyers representing Microsoft have been found working with Russian police, despite reporters and NGOs providing evidence of legitimate software purchases. An official response
to the NYT piece suggests impostors claim to represent Microsoft in Russia, and notes the company's offer of free software licenses to these and similar groups.
The Subpoenas are Coming!
The FBI, in an attempt to prosecute Adrian Lamo (discussed here
) is sending letters to journalists telling them to secretly prepare to turn over their notes, e-mails and sources to the bureau. And by secretly, they mean don't tell your colleagues, editors or lawyers, or risk facing obstruction of justice charges. (Via dailyrotten
Bravo Bill Moyers!
Once in awhile there comes a personality that can bridge ideological gaps. Granted these "gaps" are left, center left and moderate right. At that, Moyers is quite the ace. In this keynote address, Moyers speaks of patriotism, unity, heartbreak, renewable energy, "it could have been worse" scenarios, further terrorist attacks and who's side We the People should be on.