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Universities Continue to Ignore the Lessons of Litigation on Campus Free Speech Zones

Azhar Majeed | Posted 03.02.2014 | College
Azhar Majeed

Too often, student discourse gets treated like a nuisance that, at best, is to be tolerated -- not a vital thing deserving to be celebrated.

History Repeating: Don't Censor What I Wear, Let Me Be

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.27.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

How are we supposed to have an identity if we all have to dress and act like what our school decides is appropriate?

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas.

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Well-Intentioned Bad Idea

Howard Schweber | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For the ASA to declare a kind of academic war on Israeli academics and universities is to attack the people who are fighting for freedom of expression on the front lines.

5 Things to Remember When Discussing This Duck Dynasty Mess

Chris Boeskool | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Boeskool

What is noteworthy is the conversation that is going to take place over the next couple of days on social media. I say "conversation," but really it's mostly going to be a bunch of angry people who are certain that God is on their side typing in ALL CAPS.

Stories Most Feared by Chinese officials Will Still Be Told

PEN American Center | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
PEN American Center

An individual leaking a damning video or corporate filing needn't be a brilliant political strategist, visionary writer or charismatic operative. They don't need to conceive a motivational manifesto. All they need to do is make a printout, download a file, send an email or post a link.

Walker Signs Controversial Indian Mascot Bill Into Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a controversial bill Thursday that makes it harder to force schools to change race-based team names and mascots...

The Lawless Internet? Myths and Misconceptions About CDA Section 230

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

Section 230 is an important and complex law, and it is both dangerous and inaccurate to treat it as a blanket license for online abuse. Unfortunately, the popular understanding of §230 is at best imprecise.

A Holiday Season Filled With Art for the Soul: Defending an Iranian Actor's Freedom to Speak Her Mind

Robin Bronk | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Robin Bronk

As a nation who leads the world in embracing the freedoms of speech and creativity, actresses and cultural icons like Pegah Ahangarani, must be supported in their quest to be the conscience of a nation.

Why Barrett Brown's Trial Matters

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 02.16.2014 | Crime
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett Brown is being "punished for the crime of taking citizenship seriously." This is clear: he stands for values of liberty, transparency and privacy; though soon prosecutors in Dallas will try to persuade a jury otherwise. Increasingly, conscious citizens know the true score.

Epic Coalition Joins Fight for the Right to Dissent on Campus in 'Facebook Collage' Case

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.16.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Way back in 2007, student Hayden Barnes was kicked out of Valdosta State University (VSU). Barnes was labeled a "clear and present danger" to campus a...

A Homeless Couple Is Standing Up To A Missouri Town For This Unreasonable Demand

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec 16 (Reuters) - A small Missouri town was sued on Monday by a homeless couple who are accusing it...

Does Hobby Lobby Have a First Amendment Case? Yes and No

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Feisal G. Mohamed

This cluster of cases infamous to liberals might conspire to deal a blow to the ACA and in the same stroke open the door to other odious corporate practices performed in the name of faith. Or maybe not.

A Visit to Speakers' Corner

Lewis Krell | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Lewis Krell

Spending a day of precious travel time being told how horrible you and the rest of humanity are would not normally be a recommended way to allocate your finite vacation hours. But then again, Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park in London is not a normal place.

#FreeCarlosMiller: Boston Police Criminalizes Contacting Its Media Relations Office

Grant Stern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Grant Stern

I think its time to start a #FreeCarlosMiller hashtag. For those of you who don't know Carlos, he's a journalist-turned-blogger who is constantly wo...

State Lawmakers Again Trying to Justify Video Game Censorship

Berin Szoka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Berin Szoka

Any law that imposes special restrictions on video games, like minimum age to purchase or subjective labeling, will require a lot more proof than the Massachusetts study could provide.

Surveillance? It Used to Be More Fun

Kathy Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kathy Rose

In the free-wheeling '60s, those of us who considered ourselves activists used to joke about surveillance. If you were on the phone and heard a click, you'd make some crack about the FBI listening in and go right on talking.

Silencing Speech Is Not Protest

Kenneth R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Kenneth R. Miller

The crowd who managed to silence a speaker last week accomplished something, to be sure. But it wasn't a blow against racism, fascism or police oppression. It was a step towards a closed campus where mob rule determines who can speak and who will be shouted down.

Heckler's Veto a Mistake

Michael Meyers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Michael Meyers

Of course Kelly is full of error and his policies are fraught with racial prejudgment and mired in racial paternalism; still, he is the best messenger of his own cause and communicant of his own viewpoint. As errant and nonsensical as is his position, he shouldn't be shouted down. That's wrong, educationally and morally.

'Kindly Inquisitors' and How We All Lose the 'Offendedness Sweepstakes'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of a modern classic explaining the importance of free speech in society. In Kindly Inquisito...

No Greek Letters Allowed on One Public Campus (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

A student group at a public university in Utah has been told that it may not use Greek letters in its name. Why? Because the university believes that ...

Does U.S. Surveillance/Spying Undermine American Business & Influence?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.29.2013 | Business
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Does American based media and technology better serve to facilitate opportunities for U.S. surveillance/spying or to further our American values, influence and business?

Five Myths About the Federal Shield Law

Kurt Wimmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Kurt Wimmer

Blogs, tweets and Facebook posts couldn't have the profound influence they have rightfully earned in our new and diverse marketplace of ideas without a robust freedom to debate, to challenge, and even to be outrageous. So it's hardly surprising that when a congressional debate about protecting confidential sources mentions blogs, it touches a nerve.

Unlearning Privacy: the NSA and the Modern American College Campus Have More in Common Than You Might Think

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.22.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

In my book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate (which will be one year old tomorrow), I argue that modern college st...

The Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship in China

PEN American Center | Posted 12.22.2013 | World
PEN American Center

Decisions about self-censorship today are increasingly an international problem that affects writers around the world.