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Siva Vaidhyanthan

Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia

Siva Vaidhyanthan appears in the following:

Net Neutrality and You

Friday, January 17, 2014

On Tuesday a DC circuit court of appeals dealt what many are calling a death blow to net neutrality, the principle that all content providers should be treated equally. To understand this ruling and its potential effects on the future of the internet, Brooke talks with Siva Vaidhyanathan, chair of media studies at the University of Virginia and author of The Googlization of Everything (and why we should worry).

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Google Antitrust Hearings

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Senate panel will open an antitrust inquiry into the business practices of Google today. The search giant's executive chairman Eric Schmidt is expected to testify. Federal authorities are accusing the company of playing favorites with its own businesses in search results. Microsoft endured a similar antitrust case, which took nearly a year to resolve.

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Google: New Leadership and a New Future?

Monday, April 04, 2011

Later today 55-year-old Eric Schmidt leaves his post as Google CEO, to be replaced by the company’s 38 year old co-founder Larry Page. The last time Larry Page lead the company was in 2001. Then, Google had about 200 employees. Today, the monolithic company employs over 24,000. Is Page ready for his old role, and more importantly, what changes will his new leadership bring to the direction and focus of the company that built its fortunes around his visionary search algorithms? For the answer we speak to Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of law and media studies at the University of Virginia and author of "The Googlization of Everything."

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Google and Verizon Discuss 'Net Neutrality'

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Earlier this week, The New York Times discovered that Google and Verizon were working on a backdoor deal which, as many online activists worried, would threaten the future of “net neutrality.” In essence, “net neutrality” means that the Internet carries traffic as quickly as it can, regardless of the source. If this neutrality were to end, particular websites could pay ISPs to carry their traffic faster than their competitors.

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Government Says Its Okay to 'Jailbreak' iPhones

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yesterday, the U.S. Copyright Office declared it perfectly legal for iPhone owners to "jailbreak" their mobile devices. In reviewing the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, the office said that although it may break Apple's warranty, there was no legal reason why iPhone users shouldn't be able to free their phones from the software restrictions that Apple places on them. The Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Corporation responded that jailbreaking iPhones could lead to "copyright infringement, potential damage to the device and other potential harmful physical effects" to the device. The new ruling changes the sense of ownership that technology users have over their products.

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Judge Says FCC Can't Enforce 'Net Neutrality'

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the FCC has no regulating authority over how Comcast or any other internet provider manages its network. 

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Testing the First Amendment Online

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.”

Internet radio host Hal Turner wrote those incendiary words on his blog and landed himself in a large and very public pool of hot water. In a case that will once again test the limits of free speech protection, the Justice Department charged that the radio host had crossed the line into hate speech, and that his words were tantamount to death threats. Mr. Turner was already on trial in Connecticut criminal court for comments made against Catholic lawmakers. ...(continue reading)

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Three strikes and you're out, French downloaders!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The French government is on the verge of passing a law that would punish Web users for downloading illegal content. Pushed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the bill proposes that after your third violation you will be banned from the Internet for a year. Some argue that this would violate our fundamental human rights. That's right, the Internet as a fundamental human right. Siva Vaidhyanathan, an associate professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia, joins The Takeaway.

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Facebook is... facing criticism for changing terms of service

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facebook, the incredibly popular social network, hit massive protests when they changed their terms of service to indicate that they owned all content posted on their site by users. This would include photographs, poems, and messages. Tens of thousands of the social network's users joined online protest groups to denounce the change in policy. While initially trying to defend the change, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, ended up announcing a return to its previous terms of service. For an overview of the problem we are joined by Slate legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick and University of Virginia media professor Siva Vaidhynathan.

"I think parents need to teach their kids that information is forever."
— Slate Magazine's Dahlia Lithwick on the recent change in terms on Facebook

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Sexting: Teens in legal straits over explicit text messages

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

While you certainly hope your teen isn't sending explicit photos of themselves over their cellphone, if they were, would you want them to get slapped with felony pornography charges? Six kids in Pennsylvania were charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography when the girls sent nude photos to their boyfriends over their cellphones. If convicted these kids may have to register as sex offenders. This has Dahlia Lithwick, legal affairs correspondent for Slate Magazine, up in arms. Also weighing in is Siva Vaidhynathan, media professor at the University of Virginia.

For more, read Dahlia Lithwick's article, Textual Misconduct: What to do about teens and their dumb naked photos of themselves in Slate.

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Going off the grid in the push to broadband

Monday, February 09, 2009

They’re calling it the modern day equivalent of the electrical grid, or the interstate highway system. Seven billion dollars of the stimulus plan making its way through Congress right now is devoted to bringing broadband internet to under-served parts of the country. But technology experts worry that the multi-billion dollar tech plan will suffer if we don’t have more time to look at exactly what technology we’re getting. One of these experts is The Takeaway's technology contributor Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor at the University of Virginia, who joins us now to talk about these concerns.

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The end of media as we know it? Maybe.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Calls for the end of the media as we know it are not new to anyone in the business. For years media clairvoyants have been peering into their crystal balls to find ever shrinking staffs at newspapers and radio and television stations across the country. However, the combination of the significant shifts in technology and the economic downturn may constitute a critical mass for changes in the media. Between bankruptcies of significant media companies and transformative technology rushing to market, 2009 may be the year that media finally has to change. Siva Vaidhyanthan, an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, joins us for more on the issue.

"Are we now seeing the sort of ebbing of a pretty enlightened age and are we going to struggle to find that really high quality work?"
— BBC's Siva Vaidhyanthan on the impact of the recession on the media

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