Can a tiny Pacific island nation stop nuclear powers?

The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands has filed suit against the United States and the eight other nuclear-armed countries, alleging that they haven't met their obligations in working toward global nuclear disarmament. The lawsuits were filed in US federal court and the International Court of Justice and aim to compel the nine nations to begin making a "good faith" effort toward...

Russian law orders bloggers to register, restricts pornography and obscene language

A new Russian law, adopted by the Duma on Tuesday, is placing serious restrictions on the nation's bloggers. Any online writer with more than 3,000 visitors a day is required to declare their family name, initials and email address, and is then officially considered an "internet user called blogger." Once registered, they are subject to the same regulations as the mass media, including provisions against libel, pornography, and obscene language. An initial violation will result in a fine; second violations will result in a website being suspended for a month.

"The real purpose of the bill is to prevent any criticism of the authorities." HRC member Ilya Shablinsky


FCC chairman says reports of net neutrality's death are 'flat out wrong'

Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules that will reportedly destroy the concept of net neutrality as we know it, making it okay for internet service providers to establish a "fast lane" for preferred customers and charge an additional toll. Needless to say, those who care about net neutrality weren't too happy to hear that an organization that is supposed to protect communications might sell out to corporate interests. However, Federal...


Cellphones ignite a 'reading revolution' in poor countries

Illiteracy isn't a major issue for much of the Western world, but it remains endemic in many developing countries, where incomes are low and books are scarce. That may be changing, though, thanks to the spread of mobile technologies that have made...

FCC proposal would destroy net neutrality

The Federal Communication Commission's proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rules will allow providers to charge companies for preferential treatment so long as they offer that treatment to all interested parties on "commercially reasonable" terms, with the FCC...

Supreme Court says child porn victims can claim payment from anyone who has their images

Victims of child pornography whose images have spread around the internet can now claim damages from anyone who possessed those files, the Supreme Court ruled today, but may not be held liable for as much money as distributors or pornographers.

The case was Paroline vs. United States, in which a woman, "Amy," sought restitution from a Texas man named Doyle Paroline for possessing two images of her being raped when she was 8 and 9 years old. A...

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