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Craigslist censors self, decries censorship

09/08/10 08:38 AM

Craigslist has taken down the “adult services” section of its site. This after 17 states attorneys general and advocacy groups charged the ads in that section promoted prostitution and human trafficking. It’s just the latest development in an ongoing war over what responsibility Craigslist has over ads on its massively popular website.

The ads used to be located in the “erotic services” category but after controversy there, they were moved to “adult services” where people posting them would be charged a fee and the ads would, Craigslist claimed, be vetted by actual human beings to determine if anything illegal was taking place.

But it’s difficult for a human being to know for sure what’s going to happen as a result of any particular ad. And besides, the section was protected by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that protects websites from what users post on them.

We talk to Jeff Jarvis, he writes about media and news at buzzmachine.com and he teaches journalism at City University New York. We also check in with Ryan Calo, a senior research fellow at Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, for a look at the legal issues at stake.

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Future Tense becomes Marketplace Tech Report

09/17/10 06:12 PM

Hi everyone. John Moe here. Starting Monday, September 20th, Future Tense will be going by the name Marketplace Tech Report.

Producer Larissa Anderson and I have been working closely with the folks at Marketplace ever since we took over Future Tense in May. It’s worked out great. We’ve helped them, they’ve helped us, and together we’ll find more stories you’ll want to hear. Basically, we loved Marketplace so much we married them. And kind of took their name too. Is it creepy to compare two radio shows to a married couple? Sorry about that.

As part of the Marketplace portfolio of programs (along with Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, and Marketplace Money), Marketplace Tech Report will keep bringing you stories that explain news and trends and technology and what it all means to you. We’ll be moving to a new simpler URL: marketplacetech.org, which will go live over the weekend. We’ll be bringing our entire archive of past shows and blog posts with us but in the meantime, we’re leaving futuretense.publicradio.org up so you can access the show archives from there as well.

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