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14 Powerful Free Speech Videos From Google’s Big Tent Events 14 Powerful Free Speech Videos From Google’s Big Tent Events
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Google has a new YouTube channel for its “Big Tent” events full of wonderful videos featuring keynotes and other inspirational discussions on topic like free speech, privacy, digital literacy, the economy and arts & culture. “The Internet has transformed society …

Playboy Radio Supports Rush Limbaugh’s Use of the Word Slut Playboy Radio Supports Rush Limbaugh’s Use of the Word Slut
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Playboy Radio’s morning show hosts on Sirius support Rush Limbaugh in his right to call Sandra Fluke a “slut”. Andrea Lowell and Kevin Klein often use politically incorrect speech themselves and seemed perplexed as to what is so wrong with …

Man Stops Court-Ordered Facebook Apology Early Man Stops Court-Ordered Facebook Apology Early

In February, we reported about an Ohio man who had been ordered by a judge to post an apology to his estranged wife on Facebook. Mark Byron had been charged with and found guilty of civil domestic violence against his …

At Least Five Major Web-Security Companies Will Not Help Pakistan Censor The Internet At Least Five Major Web-Security Companies Will Not Help Pakistan Censor The Internet

At least five major companies offering information security products will not submit bids to the Pakistani government, which has been openly seeking an internet censor since February. San Diego-based Websense was one of the first to openly reject the offer, …

Rush Limbaugh and Freedom of Speech Rush Limbaugh and Freedom of Speech
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After Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut, the Internet exploded with comments from people taking one side or another. And, while Limbaugh’s faithful “mega-dittoes” crowd could be counted upon to defend their champion, it was the “strange bedfellows” that …

Pakistan Seeks Internet Censor: Places Paper, Online Ads Pakistan Seeks Internet Censor: Places Paper, Online Ads

You probably won’t find this in a craigslist job posting, but if you’re an IT professional who specializes in suppressing free speech, Pakistan just might have a job for you. The Central Asian nation has come under sharp criticism from …

Twitter May Selectively Censor Local Tweets Yet Permit Them Globally Twitter May Selectively Censor Local Tweets Yet Permit Them Globally
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Shortly after the start of the January 25 protests in Egypt last year, a movement where activists removed their sitting president and arguable lit the fuse for the Arab Spring that would burn throughout 2011, Twitter made an announcement: The …

U.S. District Judge: You Can Use Twitter To Harass, Threaten U.S. District Judge: You Can Use Twitter To Harass, Threaten
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U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus of Maryland yesterday granted a motion to dismiss a criminal case against a man who stood accused of harassment of a religious figure via Twitter. The dismissal has powder keg-potential for how free speech …

SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend SOPA Vote Delayed; Enjoy Internet Free Speech This Weekend
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After last night’s ridiculous delay in the hearing, the race to the SOPA vote is off like a herd of turtles today after the House Judiciary Committee “abruptly adjourned” earlier without setting a new date for the vote. In other …

U.S. Court Rules Oregon Blogger Not A Journalist U.S. Court Rules Oregon Blogger Not A Journalist
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UPDATE: Ms. Cox replied to via email to a request for comment. When asked whether she would appeal the ruling she said, “I do Plan to Appeal. Thats all I can Say on that.” When Obsidian Finance Group, an Oregon-based …

Teen’s Political Tweet Sparks Free Speech Discussion Teen’s Political Tweet Sparks Free Speech Discussion
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A Kansas teen who was asked to apologize for a politically charged tweet has made a stand of sorts, and hopes her tweet will do something even larger for free speech in social media. Last week, 18-year-old Emma Sullivan was …

Do These Vile Facebook Comments Deserve Free Speech Protection? [UPDATED] Do These Vile Facebook Comments Deserve Free Speech Protection? [UPDATED]
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Last week, we asked you whether or not social media sites should censor offensive content. The issue that spawned that debate was the possible removal of certain trending topics by the folks at Twitter. After a certain hashtag (#reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend) gained …

Should Facebook Remove Holocaust Denial Groups? Should Facebook Remove Holocaust Denial Groups?
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When the Allied forces began to turn the tide of their conflict against Hitler’s Germany in 1944, one of history’s most disturbing events was about to be discovered. Named the Final Solution by the Nazis, and subsequently known as the …

Supreme Court Rules Violent Video Games Protected As Free Speech Supreme Court Rules Violent Video Games Protected As Free Speech

The Supreme Court of the United States has just ruled on a California law that would have made the renting or selling of certain “extremely violent” video games to minors against the law. Retailers would have been subject to $1,000 …

The First Rule of PS3 Hacking is Don’t Talk About PS3 Hacking
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Normally, when you buy an item from a store, and complete the purchase by leaving the premises with the item you purchased, the transaction is over.  If you want to take your new item home and, well, do whatever you’d like with it, you’re free to do so; and if you’d like to discuss your exploits, you can  do that, too.

As long as you don’t own a PlayStation 3.

What’s Digital Terrorism?
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“Digital terrorism” isn’t a phrase one hears often. There might be good reason for that: it’s not abundantly clear what digital terrorism entails. Is it hacking into air traffic control to give dangerous instructions to pilots? Is it using YouTube to promote a violent, hateful cause? Is it setting up a Facebook group to give members a chance to voice a yea in favor of something offensive? Is it trolling comment areas and flaming an author?

Why Bloggers (All People) Need To Count As Journalists
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Recently WebProNews readers fired off a couple hundred comments regarding the US House of Representatives’ definition of journalist in the Free Flow of Information Act, a law shielding journalists from having to reveal their sources. A new development in Virginia involving a citizen journalist shows why this definition needs to be broadened to include bloggers, and any other type of journalist.

Yelp Review Leads to Defamation Suit
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A California man named Christopher Norberg is in the middle of a legal dispute with a chiropractor for posting a negative review of his services on the site Yelp.com. The dispute stems from a billing experience, which Norberg referred to in his review, and the chiropractor filed a defamation suit. It is now a classic example of where the line between free speech and defamation should be drawn.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Take On Free Speech Restrictions

This is one of those posts where you get to tell me what opinion Marketing Pilgrim should take.

The WSJ is reporting that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have agreed to follow a common set of principles that will govern how they do business in countries that might restrict free speech.

Senator Asks YouTube To Remove Terrorist Clips
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In an open letter sent earlier today to Eric Schmidt, Senator Joe Lieberman brought up the issue of terrorist-produced videos appearing on YouTube.  On the YouTube Blog, corporate representatives have now responded.

Rep. Couch Feeling Heat from Ban on Anonymous Web Postings
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WebProNews previously reported how Kentucky State Representative, Tim Couch, proposed a bill that would not allow Kentuckians to comment anonymously on the Internet.