Censorship

How to increase trust in the media: Just forget the First Amendment

Location:
Northwestern University in Qatar , RN, Qatar

How can news outlets improve their standing in the eyes of the public? If a study published by Northwestern University in Qatar is any indication, then the key to a higher level of trust might be a lower level of free speech.

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls

The internet is Balkanizing, and the world’s largest tech companies have had to dispatch envoys to, in effect, contain the damage such divisions pose to their ambitions.

FCC Chairman Pai Remarks at Future of Speech Online Symposium

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Today, when we talk about universal service, we have in mind bringing high-speed Internet access, or “broadband,” to any American who wants it. Broadband is important for many reasons: it can help you get a job, start a company, get health care, educate your kids, and the like.

Former Soviet republic goes to court in bid to ‘export censorship’ beyond its borders

Location:
France, France

The country of Azerbaijan is suing two French journalists for defamation in France for describing the oil-rich state as a “dictatorship.”

The Internet of Hate

Location:
USA, United States

After Charlottesville, Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right have become a lot less welcome on the web. So they’re building their own.

FCC Bill Could Curtail Legitimate Complaints, Critics Say

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

An effort in Congress aimed at cutting down on repeat comments to the Federal Communications Commission’s consumer complaint database could end up limiting legitimate public input, lawmakers and allies say.

UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Trump’s Attacks on Media

Location:
United Nations, First Avenue at 46th Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States

The United Nations human rights chief said Aug 30 that President Donald Trump’s repeated denunciations of some media outlets as “fake news” could amount to incitement to violence and had potentially dangerous consequences outside the United States.

Protecting Democracy from Online Disinformation Requires Better Algorithms, Not Censorship

Location:
Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, 94305, United States

Democratic governments concerned about new digital threats need to find better algorithms to defend democratic values in the global digital ecosystem.

China Is Trying to Give the Internet a Death Blow

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China

I live in the only country in the world where the internet gets worse every year — at least if you’re trying to look at YouTube or Twitter or Google or virtually any other large non-Chinese site.

Judge approves limited search warrant for data on anti-Trump protesters

Location:
Superior Court of District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A District of Columbia judge ruled that a Web host provider must provide the government with digital data from a website widely used to help organize protests against President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Location:
USA, United States

Several research groups in the United States and Europe now see the white supremacist and jihadi threats as two faces of the same coin. They’re working on methods to fight both, together — and slowly, they have come up with ideas for limiting how these groups recruit new members to their cause.

Boston ‘free speech’ rally ends early amid flood of counterprotesters; 27 people arrested

Location:
Boston, MA, United States

Tens of thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Aug 19 in efforts to drown out the planned “free speech” rally that many feared would be attended by white-supremacist groups.

Why the ACLU is adjusting its approach to “free speech” after Charlottesville

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the city of Charlottesville (VA) to allow the Unite the Right rally to happen downtown. And now, it had happened, and blood had been spilled.

Where Is the Line? Charlottesville Forces Media and Tech Companies to Decide

Location:
USA, United States

It took the death of a young woman at the hands of one of the neo-Nazis she was protesting to force the ever-expanding media universe to face a question it has been evading for years: Where’s the line?

Un-American activities

Location:
University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States

I’ve been struck by the similarity between recent calls for suppressing white supremacist speech and past calls for suppressing Communist speech. Of course, there are differences as well — there always are for any analogy — but I thought I’d note some likenesses. Communists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates — I can’t stand them. They are supporters of ideologies of slavery and murder. They are losers, who lost for very good reason. But their speech should be protected, I think; and the cases for stripping protection from such speech have always been very similar.

President Trump campaign accuses CNN of censorship

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign said that CNN has denied its offer to buy air time for a campaign ad, marking the second time the network has refused to run a pro-Trump campaign spot.

What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the world

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Today, US technology companies adhere to a wide array of requirements from repressive governments that undermine Internet freedom and privacy. These demands violate international law, including the right to freedom of expression. But the enormous benefits of market access outweigh the relatively low costs associated with accepting repressive governments’ demands.

The real issue in the campus speech debate: The university is under assault

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States

There is no doubt that public concern about the vitality of free speech and political debate on American college campuses has legitimate causes. However, the current round of attacks – from the extreme right and left — is a pretext. It is part of a broader assault on the idea of the university itself: on its social functions, on the fundamental importance of advanced knowledge and enlightened debate, on the critical role of science and expertise in public policy and on the significance of intellectuals and serious thought leaders more generally.

News Media Alliance Blasts Sessions Leak Comments

Location:
News Media Alliance, 4401 Wilson Boulevard (Formerly the Newspaper Association of America), Arlington, VA, 22203-1867, United States

The News Media Alliance didn’t like what it heard out of the Justice Department about potentially subpoenaing media outlets in the ongoing investigations of leaks.

Jeff Sessions might subpoena journalists to reveal leakers. Mike Pence once fought against that.

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

Remember Judith Miller? She is the former New York Times reporter who in 2005 spent almost three months in jail because she refused to identify the government source who leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Attorney General Jeff Sessions raised the prospect that more journalists will have to make the same decision Miller did — out the source or go to jail — when he said the Justice Department is “reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas” as part of the Trump administration’s effort to crack down on leaks.

Eric Trump accuses Twitter of censorship

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, on Aug 4 accused Twitter of censoring one of his tweets. In a tweet, the president's son tweeted out a screenshot of a tweet posted earlier on Aug 4 that read “Jobs Jobs Jobs!!!” followed by several American flag emojis.

China’s Internet Censors Play a Tougher Game of Cat and Mouse

Location:
China, China

China has embarked on an internet campaign that signals a profound shift in the way it thinks of online censorship.

How Facebook unevenly silences posts about discrimination, censoring important conversations, while often allowing racist content to remain

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

In making decisions about the limits of free speech, Facebook often fails the racial, religious and sexual minorities CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to protect.

CJR partners with journalism groups to launch the US Press Freedom Tracker

Location:
Columbia Journalism Review, 729 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY, 10019, United States

Columbia Journalism Review is partnering with the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Freedom of the Press Foundation to launch a website that documents press freedom incidents around the country.

Tech Companies Policing the Web Will Do More Harm Than Good

Location:
New York University, 44 W 4th St, New York, NY, 10012, United States

Legislation or regulations requiring companies to remove content pose a range of risks, including potentially legitimizing repressive measures from authoritarian regimes.

Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship

Location:
China, China

Software made by foreign companies to help Chinese users skirt the country’s system of internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland.

The White House isn’t at war with leaks. It’s at war with basic transparency.

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

President Donald Trump and his loyalists potentially find the release of nearly any information about what they’re doing to be offensive, no matter how mundane.

China’s Censors Can Now Erase Images Mid-Transmission

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China

China’s already formidable internet censors have demonstrated a new strength—the ability to delete images in one-on-one chats as they are being transmitted, making them disappear before receivers see them.

China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China

Apparently, China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet.

Twenty years after Reno v. ACLU, the long arc of internet history returns

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1996, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, which found the communications decency provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to be unconstitutional.

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