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Former-DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

Location:
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
United States
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3

Marion Barry Jr., the Mississippi sharecropper’s son and civil rights activist who served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia, survived a drug arrest and jail sentence, and then came back to win a fourth term as the city’s chief executive, died in Washington. He was 78.

FCC is wisely taking its time on network neutrality action

Location:
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, CA
United States
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2

The Federal Communications Commission has decided to put off action on net neutrality until 2015, drawing protests from those lobbying for strict regulation of Internet service providers. It's tempting to argue that the delay gives the commission time to develop a consensus, but that's a fool's errand on a topic that's so polarizing. Instead, the agency needs the extra weeks to build a more defensible case for its rules, given the inevitability that someone will challenge them in court.

An FCC Commissioner's Reddit AMA Went About as Terribly as You'd Expect

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
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2

Reddit's AMA ("Ask Me Anything") sessions have become frequent stops on the PR train for everything from new movies and music to startups and sports. Most of the public figures subjecting themselves to the questioning get responses ranging from fawning worship to fuming hatred. The reaction Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn received, however, was all fuming and no fawning.

Tech industry must lead privacy fight

Location:
San Jose Mercury News
750 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95190
United States
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2

The Senate charade allowing the National Security Agency to continue spying on Americans' phone records would be laughable if it didn't have such dangerous implications for both the tech industry and consumer privacy.

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama’s Immigration Order

Location:
Silicon Valley Palo Alto, CA
United States
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2

Some immigrants working in technology were heartened by the President’s actions and said they could potentially make life and work in the United States easier.

In Social-Media Era, When Is Free Speech Illegal?

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)
One First Street, NE
Washington, DC
United States
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1

A case before the Supreme Court over threats made on Facebook is highlighting long-standing tension between law enforcement and free-speech advocates over when threatening speech crosses a line and breaks the law.

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