Today’s Must Reads

Wednesday morning, President Obama unveiled multiple proposals for new gun laws. Gave a pretty good speech to announce them. My favorite line was his ending one: “Let’s do the right thing.” If you missed it, here is an easy peasy bullet point summary of his proposals along with the full text: Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence

Speaking of Obama, A.O. Scott thinks that with movies like “Lincoln” and “Django Unchained” that the age of “Obama-inflected cinema” has possibly arrived: Movies in the Age of Obama

Speaking of movies, “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow wrote an editorial on torture that ran in the L.A. Times on Wednesday: Kathryn Bigelow addresses ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture criticism

On Reddit last night, Rep. Zoe Lofgren introduced “Aaron’s Law” in honor of the recently deceased brilliant computer programmer Aaron Swartz. Before his suicide, Swartz was dealing with what many have dubbed unnecessarily harsh judicial action after he broke into MIT and stole (or better yet, released?) 4.8 million JSTOR documents and data. His admirable motivation was the idea that access to such data shouldn’t be attached to an unaffordable price tag or elite institution, but he was facing up to 35 years in jail and $1 million in fines “because of the broad scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA),” wrote Lofgren.  “Aaron’s Law” would modify the CFAA to exclude terms of service violations. Read Lofgren’s announcement on Reddit here.

San Francisco Airport (SFO) could be renamed after gay-rights activist and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly homosexual person to be elected to office in California. He was shot and killed in 1978 by another city supervisor. The San Francisco Chronicle ran an editorial Wednesday stating its opposition to the proposal: Don’t change airport’s name

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