New technologies almost invariably stimulate irrational fear. In 1671, the governor of the colony of Virginia opined, “I thank God we have not free schools nor printing … For learning has brought disobedience and heresy and sects into the world; and printing has divulged them … God save us from both."
Archives for August 2006
Microsoft has submitted a patent application for a “censoring filter,” which would alter digital speech recordings "so that undesired words or phrases are either unintelligible or inaudible."
NCAC Censorship News Issue #102: Roz Udow (1926 – 2006): An Appreciation Roz Udow was a member of NCAC’s Board and editor of Censorship News for more than 20 years until her death on May 29, 2006. She was a passionate advocate, deeply committed to free expression and her work at NCAC, but she was […]
"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one" – so said writer and critic A.J. Liebling. Now it appears the same dictum may ring true for the Internet, as Congress faces competing pressure from the telecom industry and free speech activists over the future of network neutrality.
In Apple v. Does, a California state appeals court upheld the rights of online journalists (or "bloggers")to protect their confidential sources. Apple Computer sued several “John Does” for allegedly leaking information about new products