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From the Columbia Journalism Review:

Why Amazon Caved: Amazon Web Services dropped WikiLeaks material from its servers on Tuesday, a move that is widely assumed to be a response to pressure from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, though a statement from Amazon disputed that. CJR assistant editor Lauren Kirchner spoke with Ethan Zuckerman, researcher for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society—who has written about the tricky intersection of public space (the Internet) and private infrastructure (service providers)—on the broader implications of this news.

Disclose This: Speaking of the Berkman Center, its co-director, Howard Zittrain, commented fairly neutrally in Newsweek recently on the surprise Google -Verizon alliance—in which Google seemed to step back from its longtime support of Net Neutrality.  Readers wouldn’t have known that Google is Berkman’s biggest sponsor. Emily Brill argues that journalists should think about donor disclosure in digital policy issues the same way they do about Big Pharma and other areas where big industries have major interests. From the current issue of CJR.

What’s True? In their new book, Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload, Tom Rosensteil and Bill Kovach outline the skills that a new breed of empowered, critical media consumers need to make sense of the torrent of information that flows from a fractured and ever-expanding media universe.  Craig Silverman spoke with Rosenstiel in a Q&A about the new world of news and why the discipline of verification is something we all need.

The Human Toll: From our business desk, The Audit, CJR’s Peterson Fellow, Felix Salmon, tips his hat to a great analysis in The New York Times by Catherine Rampell about the long-term unemployed, complete with a new parsing of data from the Labor Department.

A Remembrance: Alfred Balk, the second editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, died in November at the age of eighty. James Boylan, CJR’s first and founding editor, remembers.

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