Nancy Scola

Nancy Scola is a writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in Science Progress, Politics Magazine, AlterNet, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Recent Articles

A Tea Party Hit on Net Neutrality

The right gives its anti-Net-neutrality agenda a formal hearing.

Rep. Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana, and his iPad

In that genre of political theater that is a political debate on what is already a foregone conclusion, yesterday's high-profile hearing on Net neutrality was a flop by almost any measure. The House Energy and Commerce Committee gathered its technology subcommittee to give a final airing to a resolution of disapproval, introduced by Republican Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, that would annul the Federal Communications Commission's December decision to extend a modest proposal enforcing open transmission of Internet traffic by network providers.

Getting Sheened at the Ballot Box

Charlie Sheen is deserving of our attention. Okay, not the actor, exactly, but the nuances of his latest bout of woe. As the good folks at TMZ report, Warner Bros.

Why Tunisia Is Not a Social-Media Revolution

Our conversations about the transformative power of tech are maturing.

Following the weekly Friday prayer, people from the al-Fatah mosque demonstrated against the Ben Ali regime in Tunis, Tunisia. (Sipa via AP Images)

Tunisia's citizens have spent the last several weeks gathering their collective strength to depose their corrupt president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, and his sclerotic regime. Throughout the turmoil, the populace has been tweeting, blogging, and using Facebook. Mindful of how quickly many rushed to brand the 2009 protests in Iran a "Twitter revolution," commentators have held back with Tunisia, emphasizing that the uprising is a product of the passions and convictions of Tunisia's people, not a 140-character status update. That's a good thing. It means our conversations about technology's transformative power are maturing past assumptions that the spread of the Internet means an inexorable spread of democracy.

That Vision Thing.

Let it be said that the gentlelady from Tennessee has a decent point here:

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) decried the failure of her own party to create a national agenda for technology policy during remarks at the State of the Net conference in Washington on Tuesday.

"We haven't laid out a vision for technology policy," she said, noting that Democrats have not done so either. ... 

Best of TAP 2010: Waldman on Scapegoating Federal Workers.

First, a caveat: The American Prospect's strength, in my opinion, is as a cumulative force. TAP is a place where a diversity of voices can debate the political process, geek out on public policy, and indulge in the notion that the world is a complex place worth understanding.