Posts Tagged ‘freedom of speech’

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Parody Artists Wins Case Against NSA, Homeland Security

“After a near three-year legal battle, Dan McCall has been given the green light to continue his parodies of federal agencies and their respective emblems.”

 

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Taking Facebook to Task

May 21, 2013 by Michele Kort

A new campaign seeks to force Facebook to censor “sexist” content, and the examples used are easy to understand.

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Censorship is usually the knee-jerk, easy response to troubling issues.  That is why it is a bad idea.  What are the other options?

My Response to this call for censorship of Facebook:

“There’s a better way to confront them. They expose who they are, their identities, by doing this. Shouldn’t the people making the threats be held personally accountable, rather than punishing the medium (Facebook)?

A better approach would be to get their own statements to backfire on them in their personal lives. By silencing it, and making them curtail their conversations to private places, you lose your knowledge of them and their activities. Worse still you make topics like rape and abuse verboten and prohibited on Facebook. That is always the end result of censorship and selective “moderation.” Films and fiction that deal with topcs like this will be off-limits on the new, “politically correct” Facebook, that you yourselves are pushing for. This is not a simple issue, despite the glaring examples that can be cherry picked. Censorship always brings unintended consequences and a slippery slope.

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The Everyday sexism Project is also involved with the censorship drive.  Their own website is pretty good reading for anecdotes.   Would its content be censored on the new Facebook they are pushing for?

 

 

 

Interesting legal campaign, openpacer.org, demands that courts obey the law and make court records free to the public. Currently about $100M goes south each year from unlawful gouging by an online court document distributor called Pacer.

A bill to open the records to the public, free of charge, is written and needs support. 

Spread the petition.

 

 

Thanks for joining the fight for a free and open internet! Now, here’s what you need to know.

Access will deliver your signature to your government before the WCIT begins on Dec. 3, so they’ll know the world does not want them to hand over key decisions about the internet to the ITU.

But the success of this campaign lies squarely in your hands. We need to use the internet’s global reach to prevent governments from putting it behind closed doors. Start by:

1. Clicking here to tweet: https://www.accessnow.org/itu-twitter

2. Posting this link on Facebook: https://www.whatistheITU.org

3. Forwarding the email below to your friends.

Thanks for your support,
Access and Fight for the Future

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Friends,

Governments from around the world will soon gather in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), where they will negotiate a binding international treaty that could change the internet as we know it.

Several countries are proposing to expand the powers of a government-dominated institution, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some proposals could legitimize monitoring and blocking online traffic. Others threaten privacy, seek to impose new fees for accessing content, or could very well slow down connection speeds¹.

Governments in Latin America to Africa to Asia are expressing doubt about these proposals, and we’ve been told that hearing directly from their citizens may well sway their vote. Together with Fight for the Future², Access has put together a video to mobilize the global internet to call on our governments to oppose handing over key decisions about the internet to the ITU.

Watch and share the video by clicking the link below, and sign this urgent petition. We’ll deliver it before they gather in Dubai on December 3:

https://www.WhatistheITU.org

For an open internet,
The Access Team

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¹ https://www.accessnow.org/policy/itu
² http://www.fightforthefuture.org/