The Conversation: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Dec 20, 2017

Social Media Vigilantism; Local Net Neutrality; Fake News and Mainstream Media

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An Instagram page created in the wake of a brutal North Shore murder seeks to raise community awareness of criminal activity, but also raises some ethical and legal questions.
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Crime and Social Media Vigilantism

An emotional appeal to find suspects in the recent murder case of a North Shore woman led to two arrests thanks to social media posts. But can online calls to action go too far?

Intro Music: Surf by Hyper Potions

Outro Music: Off The Ground by The Record Company


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Don’t Blame Fake News for Election, Blame the Media

The most recent presidential election was heavily influenced by social media and fake news from both the left and the right. The only difference being your particular definition of “fake news.

Intro Music: Mysterious Ways - The Perfecto Mix by U2

Outro Music: Motion Animal by crash


Capitol Rotunda at the Hawaii Legislature.
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Net Neutrality at the State Level

The Federal Communications Commission repealed regulations preventing internet providers from slowing speeds or charging more for access to specific websites. But could those protections be revived at the state level?

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii-based research submarines have been making troubling discoveries on the deep ocean floor of late; indications that commercial fishing methods are doing far more damage than we have been led to believe.     

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Local Boy: A Memoir of a Man of Hawai‘i

A lifelong Hawaii resident charts his experiences over decades of great change in the Land of Aloha.

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