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USF student helping classmates access unauthorized textbook downloads to promote open source ideals listen

07/03/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The cost of college textbooks can add to the financial burden of being a student -- but there’s an undergraduate at USF who may be skating on legal thin ice by helping students find free electronic copies of their textbooks.

But Tristan Lear’s main motivation isn’t just to save a few hundred dollars per semester.

He says he created the Facebook page Textbook Liberation Project at USF today to help spread the word about free ...


Websites go black to protest CISPA listen

04/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The U.S. House passed the cybersecurity bill known as CISPA last week and in a major push today online activists are urging the Senate to reject it. They’re organizing a “CISPA Blackout” today – they’re turning websites and social media avatars black. One activist in Tampa, who agreed to an interview on the condition we not use her name because she is concerned about retribution for her organizing, has been involved in the ...


Internet Technology Summit showcases local IT sector listen

08/31/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the world becomes increasingly connected, local companies are looking ways to ride the waves of changes in the internet technology sector. HP sponsored an Internet Technology Summit in Tampa today.

The internet is possibly the pinnacle of human evolution in communications, and it’s used everywhere in government, health, education, and more. But it’s also a staple in people’s daily routines, allowing people to talk ...


FCC approves compromised Net neutrality rules listen

12/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules governing Internet traffic. The rule’s proponents are calling it a win for Net Neutrality, while critics on the left and right decry the new roles. FCC Chair Julian Genachowsi said the new rules will foster free speech and fair distribution of content on the Internet.

"Consumers and innovators have a right to a level playing field. No central authority, public or private, should have the power to pick ...


Times Editor on the Future of Newspapers

02/12/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The St. Petersburg Times this year is celebrating its 125th anniversary, at a time when the future of newspapers is uncertain. We’ll talk with Neil Brown, the executive editor at the St. Petersburg Times in a moment.

But first- one listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Michael Scheuer, the veteran CIA officer who’s written a book called MARCHING TOWARD HELL- about the missteps the US has made in its war against Islamic militants.

Newspapers are facing tough times: ...


The Alarming Decline Of American Newspapers

07/29/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll continue a topic that Juan Gonzalez was talking about earlier on democracy now – the rapid decline of American newspapers. But first some listener comments about the past few programs. We’re still getting calls about voting, the presidential elections and the green party. We also received a call about the interview last week with the two local founders of a non-profit called Project Prosperity.which offers sma...

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Lee Siegel on Wikipedia and the Internet listen

02/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

The website encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites on the Internet, but it has many critics, because it allows volunteer writers and editors, including high school students, to work on the system.

In the second part of our interview with cultural critic Lee Siegel, the Brooklyn-based writer expounds on this and other trends on the Internet that’s he’s not a fan of, in his new book, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob.

Siegel has writt...

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Cultural critic Lee Siegel blasts "The Machine"

02/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Cultural Critic Lee Siegel has been called by the New York Times Magazine as one of the most "eloquent and acid-tongued critics in the country."

But in 2006, Siegel was suspended by the New Republic magazine for using a pseudonym to respond to critics on the magazine’s website.

After being denounced by the mainstream media, he was given the opportunity write a book on Web culture, a subject he says he always wanted to write about.

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF ...

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