Twitter and censorship

By Alan Webber, Principal Analyst Almost 49 years ago, President John F. Kennedy stood at a podium in the divided city of Berlin where he proudly proclaimed that the wall that divided the city was an affront to basic human freedoms, that it was a symbol of the failure of communism and its ability to effective govern nations. Twenty-four years later, President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate to encourage Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down the wall" that divided … [Read more...]

Finding Value In SOPA

Jefferson Monument. Photo by MikeSheridan99

There is a lot of discussions, arguing, lobbying, and political wrangling going on around the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister legislation Protect IP Act (PIPA) right now. It has been portrayed as the battle between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, old media verses new media, Washington verses California, and on and on and on. But what is SOPA really and what is the potential value in the discussion around SOPA? What is SOPA? SOPA is essentially and anti-digital piracy bill that … [Read more...]