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Eric P. Robinson
Media and internet law attorney and scholar.
Media and internet law attorney and scholar.
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Source secrecy in the modern era
The Justice Department’s accessing of reporter Ali Watkins’s email and phone records as part of a leak investigation is just one of several recent incidents
in which the federal government has obtained the digital and other
information about journalists’ ...
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The (Court)Room Where It Happens
My May column for the South Carolina Press Association: In
the second act of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” the Aaron Burr
character expresses his jealousy at being excluded from –and his desire
to get into – the meetings that his rival Alexander H...
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Facebook, privacy and newspapers
Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg are being criticized far and wide for the company’s lax privacy practices after it was revealed that the political data firm Cambridge Analytica had used a seemingly innocuous personality test to collect data...
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Public accountability needed after mass shootings
Less
than a week after the horrific shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and
staff members, a coalition of 16 news outlets and organizations filed a
motion with the criminal court overseein...
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First Amendment February at the U.S. Supreme Court
My latest South Carolina Press Association column: February
may be the shortest month, but it is full of arguments in major First
Amendment cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. And while none of the cases
directly involve the media, whenever the High Court c...
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Should the Courts More Frequently Use Public Opinion Polls in Defamation Cases?
A press release from the National Communications Association on my article that has just been published in the journal First Amendment Studies : These days, there seems to be a public opinion poll on every topic,
from presidential approval ratings and cons...
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Washington woes, a Charleston charade and some hope
My January column for the South Carolina Press Association...   When I was a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press we had an “outrage meter” drawn on one of the whiteboards in the reception area. The “needle” on the meter would be...
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What’s the FCC got to do with newspapers? Lately, a Lot.
My latest column for the South Carolina Press Association...  Most actions by the Federal Communications Commission affect television and radio broadcasters, not newspapers. But the FCC, under Chairman Ajit Pai, is working on two rule changes which could im...
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Why FOI?
My November column for the South Carolina Press Association : There have been a lot of developments the past several weeks in South Carolina regarding application of the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The state Supreme Court heard arguments last month ...
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