Tuesday, June 10, 1997

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  • Federal Trade Commission Begins Electronic Privacy Hearings

    The Federal Trade Commission begins hearings today into the practice of computer online operators gathering and using personal information without user consent or knowledge. The hearings come just as a new survey shows how vulnerable computer users are to cyberspace spying and invasions of privacy. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit consumer advocacy and research group based in Washington, D.C., reported yesterday that about half of the internet’s 100 most popular websites collect personal information from users who click on their sites or through mailing lists. Joining us to talk about the survey and privacy on the net is Marc Rotenberg, the head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. [includes rush transcript]

  • Historian Howard Zinn on History and Politics

    Howard Zinn is arguably one of the most important historians in the United States today. But that’s not because he’s followed the traditional route to influence and political power of historians before him. Instead, Howard Zinn has established himself as a "historian from below" — one who writes and chronicles the past from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically. The results have been spectacular. He has won national and international acclaim, and his A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present has sold more than 350,000 copies. Today we hear from a recent talk given by Howard Zinn on history and politics. [includes rush transcript]

  • Media Activist George Gerbner Addresses Growing Control of Mass Media by Fewer Corporations

    The nationwide grassroots movement to democratize and diversify the mass media is gaining steam. These past few weeks, activists have been gathering in towns and cities across the country to discuss ways of freeing their local media from the grip of corporate control. One such meeting was sponsored by the Learning Alliance in New York City, where media activist George Gerbner addressed the growing control of the mass media by fewer and fewer corporations like Disney and Time Warner. George Gerbner is the head of the Cultural Environment Movement, an international coalition made up of thousands of individuals and more than 150 organizations dedicated to increasing gender equity and diversity in the mass media. He is also dean emeritus of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. [includes rush transcript]