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Barbara Cochran (far left) of the Missouri School of Journalism moderates a panel titled

Barbara Cochran (far left) of the Missouri School of Journalism moderates a panel titled "Survive or Thrive: The Future of Journalism" at a Communications Forum luncheon in Washington on July 15. Panelists included (from left) Sharyl Attkisson, Paul Farhi, Tom Rosenstiel, and Jack Shafer.
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Todd Mayman Joins Institute Board

Todd A. Mayman of TEGNA Inc. (formerly Gannett Co., Inc.) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute.  Mr. Mayman is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer for TEGNA.  He also serves as a director of the TEGNA Foundation. » Read More

'Net Vitality Index In Detail' Provides Added
Data on Top Tier of Global Internet Leaders

The Media Institute has released The Net Vitality Index In Detail, a companion collection of detailed data used to develop the analysis released in the April 2015 report, Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Ecosystem Leaders.  Stuart N. Brotman, Harvard Law School faculty member and Media Institute Global Internet Freedom Advisory Council member, authored both reports.  This new report provides substantial background and additional context for the Net Vitality assessment, which identifies five countries leading in their development of a robust broadband Internet ecosystem. » Read More

Read articles about Net Vitality by Stuart Brotman:
The Hill
Brookings TechTank

Sen. Gordon Smith of NAB To Chair
Free Speech Week Advisory Council

Senator Gordon H. Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will serve as Chairman of the 2015 Advisory Council for Free Speech Week, the nation’s premier celebration of free speech.  This year’s event will take place Oct. 19-25. » Read More

Peggy Noonan, Meredith Attwell Baker
To Receive Institute Awards in October

The Media Institute will honor author and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of CTIA–The Wireless Association, at its annual Friends &Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington,D.C.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte will deliver keynote remarks. » Read More

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Issue Watch

D.C. Reacts to Court Denial of Title II Stay » Read More

Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech
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The Coming Demise of Free Speech in America
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Media & Communications Policy Blog

The First Amendment and
Free Speech Under Assault

by Patrick Maines

If you’re not alarmed by the assault on the First Amendment and free speech generally, you’re not paying attention. Consider the list of offenses committed by the government. They range, in recent times, from the Department of Justice’s spying on the phone records of reporters at the Associated Press, to the National Security Administration’s domestic call tracking…. » Read More

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Intellectual Property Issues

The Washington Redskins Trademark
Decision Violates the First Amendment

by Dean Rodney A. Smolla,
Delaware Law School, Widener University

In an IP Viewpoints piece I posted in April 2015, I expressed the hope that First Amendment principles would be brought to bear against the Patent and Trademark Office in its efforts to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration.  In that article I argued that the PTO’s cancellation of the registration of the Redskins’ trademark violated the First Amendment. » Read More

The Prior Restraint Question in Garcia v. Google
by Dean Rodney A. Smolla,
Delaware Law School, Widener University

In a recent IP Viewpoints post my colleague Professor Randal Picker discussed the recent Ninth Circuit en banc opinion in Garcia v. Google.  At the end of Professor Picker’s excellent essay he notes that he had chipped away at a part of Garcia, and expected other posts to perhaps take on other elements of the case. » Read More

Kyle Bass and Investor-Inspired IPRs
by Prof. Doug Lichtman,
UCLA School of Law

Hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass has been widely criticized in recent months, with newspaper editorials, advocacy organizations, and even some members of Congress publicly condemning Bass’s strategy of using a relatively new Patent Office procedure to challenge particular pharmaceutical patents…. » Read More

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