The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable could do more than mess with our TV and Internet bills. It could shape how many of us experience the flow of ideas. Brooke talks with communications law scholar Susan P. Crawford about the potential impact of this mega-merger on the information we access through Comcast's digital pipe.
A federal appeals court has invalidated key provisions of the government's net neutrality rules. In a 3-0 decision, the court ruled that the FCC overstepped its regulatory authority in issuing a 2010 order that barred broadband carriers from blocking or slowing certain websites. Scott Cleland, Chairman of Net Competition, an e-forum that represents broadband interests, applauds the court for overruling the FCC. Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, disagrees.
As we look back at 2013, perhaps the most important story of this year, if not of this decade, may be the revelations of the surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. It's a story that, thanks to Edward Snowden, has forever changed the way we Americans think about our privacy. Joel Brenner, Susan Crawford and Nita Farahany weigh in on changing norms of privacy when it comes to issues of the internet, medicine and national security.
The New York Times has reported that AT&T is selling personal customer information to the C.I.A. for more than $10 million a year. There are no subpoenas or court orders involved. The reason? To assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in is Susan Crawford, a professor at Cardozo Law School and the author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age."
A year after Sandy cut power to cellphone towers and flooded copper wire, land line telephones leaving thousands of people without service, what's changed? "Nothing," says Susan Crawford, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.
Cell phones are as much a necessity as electricity or water in the digital era. After Sandy knocked out service to more than one in four cell towers, how are wireless providers preparing for future storms?
An advocate writes: "In its push to close comprehensive high schools in particular, and replace them with campuses of multiple, smaller, themed high schools, the Education Department is closing down the very 'choice' that helps keep many students going to school through their teenage years: the option to pursue an array of courses and after-school activities in line with their interests and abilities."
We’ll take a look at just what Net Neutrality is and its uncertain future in the wake of Tuesday’s ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the FCC lacks the authority to make broadband providers treat all Internet traffic equally. University of Michigan Law School Professor Susan Crawford ...