Steve Coll, the Columbia Journalism School director writing in The New Yorker, critiques the Obama Administration's "misguided" approach to prosecution of journalists. In particular he argues that Attorney General Eric Holder has an opportunity to relent in the case of journalist James Risen but has failed to do so, even though his policy has reversed. The case is in stark contrast to those involving Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, Coll notes. Fairness in Accuracy and Reporting (FAIR) chronicles what it calls the "accelerating assault on journalism" through prosecution and intimidation. It identifies recent cases (Chelsea Manning, Snowden, Risen, Barrett Brown) as part of a pattern.
Om Malik, the founder of GigaOm, shares with humility his new views on Vine and the surge in small-screen video. He wasn't a fan of Vine, the Twitter-owned short-form (six-second) video service, when it launched. But he notes how YouTube grew and that Vine is no different. It has its own production value and impact and has taken advantage of faster network speeds and technology to play them. It has become his new addiction.
The New York Times, Huffington Post U.K. and other sites were taken down for hours Monday by the group known as the Syrian Electronic Army. The Wall Street Journal reports the group attacked the DNS source of the sites in Australia, it appears.