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Most of us don't think much of our occassional and often critical comments on social media such as Twitter. But not in Saudi Arabia where 38 year-old Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan has been sentenced to 20 years in a Saudi prison. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with his sister Areej Al-Sadhan about her brother and efforts to get him released.

Breaking Up Big Tech?

Mar 9, 2021
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There are efforts underway to bring more regulation of and even to break up Big Tech companies. Much of this has been spurred by foreign interference in past presidential campaigns and the use of personal information by these companies. Big Tech argues that breaking them up is not the answer. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the president and CEO of NetChoice Steve DelBiancoa and its General Counsel Carl Szabo about a recent poll examining the issue.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal appeals court says a Maryland law state law that seeks to prevent foreign interference in local elections is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the law "reveals a host of First Amendment infirmities."

The panel found that the 2018 law targets political expression and compels certain speech.

A half a dozen newspapers, including The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun filed a lawsuit against provisions in the law.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A white man charged with making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia is scheduled to be tried in December.

Court records filed Monday say the jury trial for Daniel McMahon, of Brandon, Florida, is set to start Dec. 23 at the federal courthouse in Charlottesville.

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We may have gone from the cozy neighborhood to the diverse community of the internet. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merill ponders the benefits and the perils of the modern age.

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A new study by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) found that the National Folk Festival in Salisbury this year was a success.

It’s executive director Memo Diriker said in general terms the event did better than expected despite the rain.

It’s estimated that around 60-thousand attended the event with an around 40 percent coming from outside the area.

WBOC reports that Diriker said the outreach through earned and social media had the most impact.

He estimated that the social media was worth around $200-thousand in traditional ads.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that a social media platform can be compelled to divulge account information belonging to a woman who anonymously chatted online about plans for last summer's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero's order Monday says the woman's First Amendment rights to anonymous speech don't outweigh the importance of disclosing her identity to attorneys suing far-right extremists over the rally's violence.

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The landscape of social media is filled with dire predictions and denunciations. Indeed, trolls abound. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill decided to so in search on hope in this virtual reality.

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We are a awash in the age of social media, electronic connections that often overwhelm those of us who grew up in the simple age of television.

Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes that his friends may all die before he can get out his first text.

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Former Baltimore Orioles baseball Cal Ripken made a surprise visit to Pocomoke High school yesterday afternoon.

The visit was the result of a social media campaign a few months back trying to get the former players attention.

Ripken told WBOC that the effort was definitely creative noting that he had never been the object of such a campaign.

Besides baseball Ripken talked with the students about embracing life and change.

Jacob Glovier, who is a member of the Pocomoke baseball team, said Ripken was his childhood idol.


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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Police say shoplifting complains have dropped 19 percent in the four months since it started posting mug shots of people arrested for the crime online.

Officers also there were fewer than 1,000 shoplifting complaints made in 2014.

The department started posting mug shots of those arrested for shoplifting in August. The photos are posted weekly on the department's website and social media accounts.

Police had investigated an average of three shoplifting cases.

Essay: Room to Be

Dec 5, 2014
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In this high information world we live in, there is hardly room to think and breathe. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes we need a place to contemplate and embrace life. For him, that place is the Eastern Shore.

The University of Maryland has installed metal detectors at entrances to the Student Services Center in response to concerns over social media chatter.

A message form the UMES police issued last night said that they were taking a proactive step to “dialogue detected on a social media site popular with college students. “

In addition, the university said students would be subject to questioning by campus authorities should the detectors be triggered.

There's a new app that taking college campuses by storm. It's called Yik Yak and it allows for anonymous posting that has delighted some students while others express some concerns. Delmarva Public Radio's Brenden Guin prepared this report.


A third teen has been arrested in the videotaped beatings of a 26-year old man who suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder.

The incident took place in the Newark area.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the first beating the man is slammed to the ground, punched in the face and stomped on.

In a second location one of the attackers bumps him then the video cuts to an attacker holding the victim in the air at the shoulder height and slamming him into the ground.

Essay: Contemplation

Mar 28, 2014
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Amidst the noise of the modern world be it cable television, social media or just commercialism, it can be hard to find a moment for silent contemplation. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill found it on a simple seashore.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is planning to announce a social media privacy education campaign.

Gansler planned to announce the campaign Monday as part of his role as president of the National Association of Attorneys General. The attorney general says the consumer education campaign is being launched in cooperation with Facebook to help educate teens, parents and others about how to protect their privacy while using social media.

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A proposal to limit Salisbury City employees access to social media sites on work computers has drawn charges of violating their free speech rights.

Council member Debbie Campbell called for reworking the plan so as not to “trample on people’s First Amendment rights.”

During a work session yesterday Council President Terry Cohen said that the new rules need to avoid even a hint of trying to suppress free speech outside of legitimate government concerns.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has passed a bill prohibiting public and private schools in Delaware from requiring that students or applicants for enrollment provide their social networking login information.

House members on Tuesday voted unanimously for the bill, which also prohibits schools and universities from requesting that a student or applicant log onto a social networking site so that school officials can access the site profile or account.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill that would prevent Delaware employers from demanding that employees and job applicants disclose social media login information has cleared a House committee.

The bill was released by the Telecommunication Internet and Technology Committee on Wednesday after lawmakers agreed to add an amendment exempting law enforcement agencies.

The amendment also allows the Department of Correction to request and achieve access to an employee's social networking site to ensure compliance with DOC policies.