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Look at problem through lens of following question: Who is a journalist and why does it matter?


Are news sources like Wikileaks new sources that will replace existing media formats? What’s the role of these incoming organizations?

Issues: Verifiability Institutional respect

Deprofessionalization (dual loyalties – loyalties to company and to whatever news site gets info) Is there a filtering problem, or just a filtering change? (info from trade secrets to national security implicated)

Role of news media as good government watchdog changing?

--privacy issues

To what degree does CDA 230 apply? (First Amendment concern vs. vicarious liability extension to breach of employee confidentiality agreements etc) How much does this apply to blog/site that has editorial control over the posting of content?

First Amendment concerns: What’s the role of the media and how does it relate to how our society is structured?

Global internet freedom issues – role of media sources in Shifting from print group with defined reporters to sources with whoever – does this make news sources easier or harder to control by diff sources?

      • Reporters’ shield laws?: Who is defined as a reporter?

Proposed federal shield law in US wouldn’t cover Wikileaks etc


Filming of police officers with cell phone camera – online issues – phone confiscated? 3 states have laws against filming of officers on duty How does this tie into larger picture of what it means for journalism?

Laws Norms Market Architecture

--What is the best combination to regulate?

FTC reg requiring bloggers to disclose when they’ve been paid for their reviews Can we change norms to revert to less disclosure? Is that even what we want?

Market happy with more disclosure – can drive ads so we like it Architecture has made this possible

All factors pointing this way to more disclosure. So where will the pushback come from? Is the dot going where we want it to go (effective journalism)? Assuming that it is, which area are we going to find the biggest threats to this movement?

Look at case study -- Country that is using regulation and norms to keep online media at the status quo of print/broadcast "traditional" media. Ex: China: state run media – TV and news Trying to keep online media at that status quo. What are they doing, and where are the leaks?