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Facebook Live Is the Right Wing’s New Fox News

Facebook Live might well be Mark Zuckerberg’s gift to right-wing-news—a medium designed to be low-key and at home in your News Feed, with a potential reach in the millions.

Who Is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts?

[Commentary] This is the story of a dramatic failure of imagination and vision at the state level: Gov Charlie Baker’s (R-MA) apparent insistence that Massachusetts relegate small towns to second-rate, high-priced, monopoly-controlled (and unregul

The Early History of the FCC Doesn’t Provide a Basis for Regulating Facebook and Google Now

[Commentary] In the early days of the Federal Communications Commission, monopolies were encouraged, and the public interest mandate worked alongside that market structure.

Six Cyber Diplomacy Milestones of 2016

[Commentary] Five years ago the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues was created to promote the US vision for an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet where all stakeholders can experience its economic and social benefits.

Did Media Literacy Backfire?

[Commentary] In the United States, we’re moving towards tribalism, and we’re undoing the social fabric of our country through polarization, distrust, and self-segregation.

For new infrastructure, apply Republican approach to power and communications

[Commentary] The incoming Trump administration and the new Republican Congress seem interested in providing tax advantages and new debt availability for infrastructure spending. But project developers will need revenue to pay off debt.

End in Sight for FCC War on Free?

[Commentary] In recent weeks, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has drawn concern from virtually all corners with its increasingly sharp critiques of innovative offerings that allow U.S.

Requiem for an Agency

[Commentary] The Federal Communications Commission had a great run.

An Inconvenient Truth About Silicon Valley and Donald Trump

[Commentary] In classic Silicon Valley fashion, Peter Thiel made a contrarian bet that the ideas Donald Trump espoused — primarily, that many Americans weren’t being served by the current establishment, and a massive disruption could unleash the c

I Covered Tech for the Times for 28 Years, And Now My Time Is Over

[Commentary] Yes, I’m retiring from the New York Times. I’m certain that when the next corrupt president is impeached it will be because of the hard work and persistence of some new Woodward and Bernstein.