FROM Sarah Cook
The Web at 25: Free Flow of Information or Censorship? The web was invented 25 years ago by a British physicist with a strong sense of Western values. Sir Tim Berners-Lee still envisions a free, open, democratizing system of universal communication. Berners-Lee has recently advocated a digital Bill of Rights to protect against the growth of government censorship that Google's Eric Schmidt calls " mechanisms of repression ." In China, citizen bloggers can be arrested. Pakistanis can't watch YouTube; and Russians won't read independent websites about Ukraine. Censorship and privacy violations reveal limits to the Global Village as the worldwide web becomes truly worldwide.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?