Media Bits and Bytes – Tempus Fugit Edition
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U.S. 'Net Neutrality' Rules Will Expire On June 11: FCC

By David Shepardson
May 10, 2018

[Portside update: The Senate vote on ending net neutrality has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 16.]

Press-Freedom, Civil-Rights, Civil-Liberties Groups Call on ICE to Immediately Release Detained Journalist Manuel Duran Ortega

Press release
May 7, 2018
Free Press

Memphis authorities dropped the charges against Duran on April 5, but then turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has detained Duran in Jena, Louisiana, with plans to deport him to El Salvador, where he has faced death threats for past reporting as the manager of a local TV station.

How Facebook Binds—and Shatters—Communities

By Antonio García Martínez
May 11, 2018

Ultimately, nobody really cares about privacy, except media elites, under-employed Eurocrats, and zealots who’ve made it a career. Everyone else would sext you their privates for a fleeting feeling of human connection. And they do.

How Sinn Féin Won the Social Media Guerrilla War

By Paddy Hoey
May 1, 2018
The Irish Times

A deep historical commitment to writing and publication meant republicans recognised the potential of blogs, YouTube and social media far more quickly than opponents.

Rejected Denver Post Editorial Decries ‘Outright Censorship’ at Digital First Papers

By Corey Hutchins
May 7, 2018
Columbia Journalism Review

An editor at the Kingston Daily-Freeman, a DFM-owned newspaper in New York—told staff in an email that coverage of Digital First Media or Alden Global Capital required “prior approval.”

Qualcomm and Other Pawns of the US-China Tech Spat See Hope After a Weird Trump Tweet

By Josh Horwitz
May 14, 2018

Beijing and Washington appear to be on their way to making tit-for-tat concessions in the computer-chip industry, highlighting how the nations’ strained ties increasingly revolve around technology.

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