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Mr. Murdoch (and the Rest of News Corp.) Go to Washington

rupert-murdochAnother day, another “future of journalism” panel. Actually, this one, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, is a two-day event, and the title pretty much lets you know where it’s going here: “From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?”

Most of the usual suspects will be there: Google (GOOG), for instance, is sending Josh Cohen of Google News. Arianna Huffington is sending herself. And most of News Corp. (NWS), which owns this site, will show up as well: CEO Rupert Murdoch, digital boss Jon Miller and Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Robert Thomson are weighing in.

For what it’s worth, I talked to some of the FTC folks in September, when they were assembling the panel. They seemed like nice folks.

The full agenda is here (PDF), and you should be able to stream the event, beginning at 9 am Eastern time, here.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik