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Media Bits and Bytes - June 4, 2019

Antitrust Moves; The Future of Newsprint; Facial Recognition; Who Has the Internet?; Making Public Media a Power; Government to Media's Rescue?

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U.S. Moving Toward Major Antitrust Investigation Of Tech Giants

By Diane Bartz and Jan Wolfe
June 3, 2019
Huffpost

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have divided oversight over Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

Newspapers Won't Save Us

By Ryan Smith
June 2, 2019
Jacobin

Newspapers are a key part of a healthy press that is vital to any democratic society. But we shouldn’t valorize the corporate media as our last line of defense against Trump or anything else.

Congress Can Agree on Facial Recognition

By Dave Gershgorn
May 22, 2019
Quartz

Facial recognition is unregulated and imprecise, and runs the risk of infringing on many rights promised by the US Constitution. Lawmakers agreed that government overreach into Americans’ privacy is a bipartisan concern.

North Carolina Shows Why Progressives Lost the Internet

By Jeffrey C. Billman
May 28, 2019
Indy Week

The dynamics of digital activism aren’t all that different from those of traditional activism, and conservatives have the same advantages online that they did before the internet: time and money. 

The Public Media Stack

By Mike Janssen
June 3, 2019
Current

There is such a change in the wind in the last couple of years about the role of the monopoly platforms in terms of their financial monopolization, about the effect that’s having on traditional business models, particularly things like local media and public service radio and television. People are starting to question that very strongly.

How Government 'Help' Could Destroy Journalism

By John Miller
May 31, 2019
Rabble

Why would anyone -- even a cash-strapped publisher -- think it is a good thing to let government have a hand in defining what professional journalism is and what its standards should be?