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  • Good Copps Bad Copps

    January 24, 2008
    This Tuesday, CNet's Anne Broache reported that FCC Commissioner Copps was NOT ready to support "new rules requiring wireless carriers to open their networks to whatever devices or programs their customers desire."

    On Wednesday, the story was updated:
    Update at 10:05 a.m. PST Wednesday: A Copps aide called us on Wednesday to say that his boss didn't intend to give the impression that he opposes new regulations on the wireless industry. He pointed us to a sentence in...
  • DC to Elderly Couple: Stay in Your Basement

    January 11, 2008
    Yesterday's Washington Post featured a great piece, "Human Dignity Also Needs to Be Preserved," from columnist Marc Fisher about a DC couple being nothing short of victimized by the DC government. Fisher tells the story of Cornelius and Merry Lucas, a disabled elderly couple who have been unable to use the upper floors of their home because the DC governments historic preservation laws have prevented them from building a ramp onto their porch.  Why?  According to the DC government because "repeating porches of similar height and depth create a notable pattern and...
  • The Quotable Kazman

    January 4, 2008
    CEI's general counsel Sam Kazman was quoted in the new edition of Freedom Forum's First Amendment Calendar. If you've picked one up from Freedom Forum, you'll see this quip on July 21 from Sam:
    Weakening the First Amendment poses a far greater threat to my kids' future than a smoke-filled room.

    Well put Sam. Fore more on the importance of free speech and freedom of the press check out Freedom Forum.

    Also, be sure go stop by the Bureaucrash Contraband Store to pick up a "Smoking is Healthier than Fascism" t-shirt.

  • Open Market en Español

    January 3, 2008
    Hans Bader, one of OpenMarket.org's top bloggers, is now available in Spanish. The Atlantic-Pacific Alliance has translated Han's recent post "Feds to Patients: Drop Dead to Prevent 'Unauthorized Experiment'" and it can be found at America's Daily.

    Para leer Mercado Libre en español, por favor visite aquÃ.
  • Spitzer Cites Hoax as Resource for Parents

    December 20, 2007
    Eliot Spitzer, 3rd worst state attorney general in 2006 according to a CEI report by Hans Bader, is showing just how incompetent he can be in his latest actions against the gaming industry.   Spitzer, now governor of New York, recently fully endorsed a presentation assembled by the New York Department of Justice that recommend parents visit several sites to learn more about violence in video games.  Among those sites, however, was a well-known hoax site created by a design student to mock just this kind of hype surrounding video games.  Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence is on its face farcical, an error that speaks volumes about the brainpower behind this presentation.

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  • Apply for a Google Policy Fellowship with CEI!

    December 14, 2007
    Google Policy Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more.  CEI is proud to be one of those organizations.

    Applications deadline is January 1st, 2008.

    For application details visit:
    www.google.com/policyfellowship
  • Why both M and AO ratings for games?

    December 14, 2007
    During the course of promoting the recent paper I co-wrote with Eli Lehrer, I have come across the same question/complaint from gamers: Why have two adult ratings, both M and AO, when seemingly they perform the same role?

    The answer is that they don't.




    The key difference between M and AO is that M is sold in stores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart, while AO is not. This is analogous to movies. While both NC-17 movies and X movies are only available to adults, X rated movies are definitely not sold in Wal-Mart. Though this isn't an official ESRB stance, most every retailer, large and small will not carry AO games if it sells games to a general audience. ...

  • Digg This Study on Entertainment Ratings

    December 13, 2007

  • ArsTechnica: Greenpeace Study Flawed

    December 10, 2007


    I blogged about Greenpeace's quarterly report on Green-Tech last week, noting that the way they display their data is manipulative, but turns out the data itself is deeply flawed.

    John Timmer writes at ArsTechnica on just how poorly this quarterly report is researched:
    The research in general appears lazy. Nintendo's failing grade appears to be based entirely on this entry in the corporate FAQ, which briefly summarizes some of the steps the company...
  • Rise of the Uber-Wikipedians

    December 4, 2007
    I don't know the ins and outs of Wikipedian politics, but according to The Register, trouble is brewing at Jimmy Wales's social knowledge project. The controversy surrounds the recently exposed mailing list of high-level wikipedians--the uber-editors of the encyclopedia--who have supposedly exercised their powers for the dark side.

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