Archive for the 'First Amendment Rights' Category

Banned Books Week Book Report

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my selected Banned Books Week reading, intending to report back here with the results. No, it hasn’t taken me *that long* to read all of the books, just that long to have a moment at the blog to summarize them. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: While this […]

Banned Books Week 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Once again, it is Banned Books Week, one week I feel is most definitely worth noting. I dashed off to the library this evening (a bit literally, too, as I was on foot and in a hurry) to pick up: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Lois Duncan’s Killing Mr. Griffin Captain Underpants and the […]

China and the Future of the Internet with Rebecca MacKinnon

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

At today’s Berkman Center lunch, Rebecca MacKinnon is presently giving an excellent talk about the Internet in China and what’s been happening online in that country lately. While the government seems to be opening up a bit, things aren’t always what they might seem. Internet censorship is a small part of the picture. China employs […]

It’s Banned Books Week!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

It’s Banned Books Week. Had I not been reading Babbledog today, the week might have slipped past me unnoticed because I had forgotten to try to find out when it is. Sadly, my schedule this week won’t allow me to borrow any challenged books from the library. The one I’m presently reading, Middlesex by Jeffrey […]

Students Back on Track after MBTA Tries to Block Their Work

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

“It was not until just this morning that the MBTA admitted what the students were doing isn’t a prank. If there’s ever been a shoot-the-messenger case, I guess this is it.” –Cindy Cohn, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the organization representing the students. * * * “We’ve always maintained that there are certain […]

Pakistan Censoring YouTube Goes Wrong

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Since I recently wrote about what the data unit at Renesys does, using the recent telecommunication cable breaks as an example, I wasn’t so sure about writing about it again with the news last week. In trying to censor the popular video Web site YouTube, Pakistan inadvertently blocked most of the traffic to the site […]

Free Speech & Liability

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I heard a piece on the BBC World Service this morning about a proposed law in Britain that would hold authors responsible if their works incite certain kinds of violence. As a writer, I got a little scared because of what might happen if the authorities held me responsible for the actions of my readers. […]

McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum Opens

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, supposedly the first museum dedicated to the First Amendment and freedom, opens this week in Chicago. The McCormick Tribune Foundation, which was established when Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Col. Robert McCormick died, supports the museum. Two Chicago Public Radio shows give us a, uh, listen to the museum: The […]

American Internet Companies and Censorship in China

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Berkman Fellow Rebecca MacKinnon has a piece in The Nation about actions the US government is taking about Internet censorship in China and the role of certain technology companies in that censorship and the handing over of data to Chinese authorities. What role should the United States have in encouraging free speech in other countries? […]

Get Your Name in a Book, Support the First Amendment Project

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Jessamyn reports on an interesting auction to support the First Amendment Project, a group focusing on protecting and promoting First Amendment rights. Bidders compete to have a name of their choice included in a forthcoming book by several well-known authors. (Wow. I haven’t posted to this category in /months/!)