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On the importance of 'regulatory humility'

As former head of the FCC, Michael Powell has a message for today's commissioners: "Beware of over­regulation. There are always unintended consequences to your actions."

By July 15, 2015


The Sony hack: 9 more things you didn't know

It was another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for Sony, and we learned even more as reporters sifted through a trove of stolen documents from the Hollywood studio.

By December 21, 2014


Google accuses Hollywood of 'trying to censor the Internet'

Using information from alleged documents leaked by the Sony hackers, Google said the Motion Picture Association of America and Mississippi's attorney general conspired to limit free speech on the Internet.

By December 18, 2014


Google files lawsuit against Mississippi attorney general to block subpoena

The search giant continues its campaign against Mississippi's Jim Hood. Google says his request for company information is an "unjustified attack" that violates federal law.

By December 19, 2014


Anti-SOPA, PIPA lawmakers want Internet Bill of Rights

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Darrell Issa say they want a Bill of Rights to protect Web users against censorship and those that would limit their online freedoms.

By June 11, 2012


Senate vote on PIPA is postponed

In the most decisive sign yet that support for controversial antipiracy legislation has collapsed, Sen. Harry Reid issued a statement announcing he has postponed the vote on the Protect IP Act.

By January 20, 2012


SOPA/PIPA protests, live and online

Anyone surfing the Web on Wednesday probably noticed a lot of their favorite sites looked a little different. Wikipedia, Google, and Amazon, among others, all took steps to protest two antipiracy bills that Congress is considering. The bills are known as SOPA and PIPA. Internet companies say that if passed the bills would threaten the "openness" of the Web. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.

January 18, 2012


New Yorkers demonstrate against SOPA and PIPA legislation (photos)

Today a NY tech meetup group rallied hundreds of citizens to gather at the steps of Senators Gillebrand and Schumer. From there, the peaceful demonstrators marched to Times Square, carrying signs and chanting. Once in the square, an Occupy-style "mic check" commenced as attendees decried the bills before congress as dangerous to americans' freedom of speech.

January 18, 2012


New Yorkers protest SOPA & PIPA bills (photos)

Citizens took to the streets with signs in hand today in outrage over the ramifications of proposed legislation before Congress.

38 Images By January 18, 2012


SOPA/PIPA strike is first of its kind

Tomorrow, you may notice that you can't access some of your favorite Web sites. Wikipedia, Reddit, and MoveOn.org, among dozens of others, are suspending their services for 24 hours. They're protesting Internet piracy bills currently being considered in the U.S. House and Senate. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.

January 17, 2012