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NY Bill Would Eliminate Anonymous Online Comments

Posted 05.23.2012 | New York

A new bill in Albany has its sights set on anonymous internet trolls. The Internet Protection Act would require sites to have online commenters identi...

What Do Corporations Want?

William Astore | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
William Astore

Americans admire plucky individuals, those who cry "Give me liberty or give me death." But how much liberty do we truly have when we cede so much power to corporations?

Authoritarian Art

Eric X. Li | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Eric X. Li

As things slow down in Basel and Miami, leading galleries, dealers, collectors and artists who congregate here are setting the art world of the People's Republic abuzz. It seems to be only an interim culmination of a 20-year trend that shows no sign of slowing.

A New Spin on Freedom of Speech

Sharon Mizrahi | Posted 07.21.2012 | Teen
Sharon Mizrahi

By the end of the Hack Jam, youth and mentors alike carried a newfound understanding of the scope and power of freedom of speech.

Georgetown Should Honor Its Commitment to Free Speech

Adam Kissel | Posted 07.17.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

What does Georgetown really stand for? Georgetown's continuing attempt to have it both ways when it comes to respecting freedom of expression can only earn it more bad press.

What Is The Meaning Of Art? A Master Of Arte Povera Gives The Answer

Simona Lodi | Posted 07.15.2012 | Arts
Simona Lodi

Piero Gilardi anticipated later movements, in seeing the aesthetic value of shared space and collaboration -- a value underpinning the open-source, Internet-based nature of tech-art today.

Honoring W.E.B. Du Bois 2012

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 06.24.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

The Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania appointed Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Honorary Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies on February 17th 2012. This short video captures the day's activities.

If a Nobel Laureate Can't Speak Out, Who Can?

Christina Patterson | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Günter Grass may or may not be right to say, in his poem, that Israel's nuclear weapons are a threat to world peace. But he's right to say that the West's attitude to Israel, and its nuclear arsenal, involves an awful lot of hypocrisy.

How Far Do First Amendment Rights Go?

Aubree Eliza Weaver | Posted 06.11.2012 | College
Aubree Eliza Weaver

How are First Amendment rights different for people serving our country? Now, hear me out when I say that I'm rather torn on this issue.

Iran Plans To Unplug Internet, Launch 'Clean' Alternative

arstechnica.com | Posted 04.10.2012 | World

Iran topped a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom. The list, published by Reporters Without Borders, is...

Reevaluating Ownership

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.06.2012 | Small Business
Jennifer Hamady

Trademarks are becoming as common as commas, yet with a far greater impact than overused punctuation. While the legal lockdown of conversational language is progressing, the copyright law and rights are being thoroughly challenged.

Anti-Protest Law Passes Nearly Unanimously And Is Signed By The President

Lee Camp | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Lee Camp

So I have some great news folks! The Republicans and the Democrats in Congress and the White House finally came together and agreed on something. This is huge. These guys disagree on EVERYTHING! Getting them getting Eskimos and polar bears to play Jenga.

Rush Limbaugh's Words Too Offensive For Dept. Of Defense

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

My email was rejected by the Pentagon's email server. Why? Because it contained "Banned Words," the same words uttered by Rush Limbaugh -- on the American Forces Radio & Television Network.

WATCH: Speech-Silencing Gun Puts Loudmouths In Cross-Hairs

Posted 03.05.2012 | Science

Scientists have come up with device for silencing speech, but the hand-held "Speechjammer" has people talking up a storm. The scientists--from Japan's...

Censorship Returns to Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The future of a stable and democratic Pakistan largely hinges upon a free and fair press.

Criminalizing Lies -- An Unusual Free Speech Case in Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act to protect the reputation of military decorations and honors from false pretenders. Such false representations dishonor the decorations themselves, and diminish the reputation.

Reacting to Reactionary Muslims

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2012 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

There are a number of Muslims in Muslim countries who may be willing to oppose the reactionary-conservative movements, but they need additional support, both from within Muslim countries as well as from outside.

In Year of Uprisings, Reporters Brave Crackdowns from Wall St. to Tahrir Square

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.11.2012 | Media
Michelle Chen

You wouldn't think handling a notebook or a camera could be a hazardous line of work. But according to the latest global Press Freedom Index, abuse and oppression of reporters has made journalism an increasingly risky job in many countries.

How New Zealand's Petty Politics Undermines Stability and Security in the Pacific

Cleo Paskal | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Cleo Paskal

It seems like a small story -- local politics in an island nation at the edge of the map. But it is typical of the sort of dynamics that are seriously undermining western security in a critical period.

Saki Knafo

Is Outkast's Big Boi A Pirate? How Twitter Cracks Down On Copyright Violations

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 02.09.2012 | Technology

In early June, about three weeks before Beyonce's latest album came out, one of her songs, a collaboration with the rapper Andre 3000, made its way to...

The Wall Street Journal and Climate Change: Where Are the Facts?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 03.31.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Is some unhealthy editorial agenda at work here? The future of climate change reporting in the WSJ should allow us to answer that question.

Protecting Our Free Speech

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

After the recent Reykjavik District Court decisions penalizing a journalist for reprinting publicly-available information and presenting both sides of a domestic dispute, the Icelandic Supreme Court has taken some baby steps towards establishing a free press in Iceland.

French Claim for Origins of Investigative Journalism

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.12.2012 | Arts
David Tereshchuk

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The Real Danger in That Bloggers-Aren't-Journalists Ruling

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Judge Hernandez's ruling is dangerous not because he doesn't believe bloggers are journalists. Rather, it's dangerous because he believes journalists comprise a special class who are entitled to more constitutional rights than the rest of society.

Is Facebook Never Sorry?

Alison Klayman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
Alison Klayman

2011-11-22-aiweiwei.jpgI posted Ai Weiwei's images on Facebook. I was sent a warning, so I censored the photos using Facebook logos. Tuesday morning my account was disabled without notice or further details.