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Leslie Harris, Network Neutrality: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Try To Fix It, The Huffington Post, Oct. 23, 2008

The Internet has fostered an astounding array of services and technologies that nobody saw coming. This success isn’t due to some remarkable string of coincidences. It’s a direct result of the Internet’s unique open nature. The technology allows virtually anyone with a good idea to thrive and succeed, because rolling out the next big thing doesn’t require the cooperation…

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Keeping the Internet Free For a New Generation of Speakers (The Huffington Post, Oct. 9, 2008)

Sometimes I just want to grab our government leaders by their collective collar and yell: “What part of ‘free’ in ‘free speech’ don’t you understand?!” when it comes to the issue of digital communication being afforded the same First Amendment protection as traditional print media. Free expression in the digital world stands on twin legal pillars that ironically both flow…

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Leslie Harris, A Technology Agenda for the Next Administration, The Huffington Post, Sept. 29, 2008

It’s taken a little less than eight years to demolish the Constitutional balance between security and liberty, all in the name of protecting Americans against threats real and imagined. The next President inherits a “civil liberties deficit.” This privacy nightmare was born one on the one hand of bad legislation, abusive surveillance tactics and politically-motivated fear mongering, and on…

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General Potemkin’s Olympic Village, The Huffington Post, July 31, 2008

The revelation that China has reneged on its promise to allow journalists covering the Olympics unfettered Internet access has provoked a firestorm of protest around the world. But the move should take no one by surprise. Any casual China watcher understands that media control stands at the heart of the governments’ grip on power. The real surprise is that anyone…

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Unhappy Birthday Pacifica, The Huffington Post, July 2, 2008

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the day the U.S. Supreme Court built its indecency house upon the sand. That day, in FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, the court’s fractured 5-4 decision ruled that the FCC was justified in its role as arbiter of "indecency " when it came to deciding what was broadcast on public airwaves during…

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In the Theater of the Obtuse, The Huffington Post, June 23, 2008

Fourteen months ago, the administration proposed sweeping legislation to expand its wiretapping authority by amending the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) and giving itself political cover for having carried out an illegal wiretapping program in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Six votes later a "compromise" bill emerges; the House passed it last week. The Senate will follow…

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Leslie Harris and John Morris, We’ve Met the Enemy and It is the Messenger, The Huffington Post, May 28 2008.

Last week, Senator Joe Lieberman took another step backward in America’s "war on terrorism," by demanding that YouTube censor hundreds of videos allegedly posted by Islamic terrorists groups. And when the Google-owned video site responded by promptly removing a large number of those videos, which violated its guidelines against content containing hate speech and violence, he insisted that action…

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