NCAC Urges Congress Not to Authorize FISA Anti-Privacy Provisions

By |2020-09-15T16:27:03-04:00September 15th, 2020|News|

NCAC has joined a coalition of two dozen organizations calling on Congressional leaders not to reauthorize several expired provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities by adding them as amendments to a must-pass appropriations bill or other emergency legislation. In a letter sent to Congress on September 14, NCAC and the other organizations argue that these controversial measures [...]

NCAC Calls on Zoom to Defend Educators from Chinese Censorship

By |2020-07-07T16:37:31-04:00June 9th, 2020|News|

On June 15, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and PEN America joined in protesting Zoom’s decision to close the account of Humanitarian China, a U.S.-based nonprofit that promotes the development of human rights in China.  Zoom acted at the request of Chinese officials who wanted to suppress a virtual meeting commemorating the [...]

Social Media Under Pressure Part I: Trump Lashes out at Twitter

By |2020-06-19T16:40:11-04:00June 5th, 2020|Blog, News|

Rhetorically framed as defense of free speech, the President’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, is exactly the opposite: an attempt to intimidate social media platforms into yielding to the president’s views of what speech should be allowed online. While we agree that social media platforms “function in many ways as a 21st-century equivalent of the public square” and share [...]

Social Media Under Pressure Part II: Protests, Polarization, and Social Media Regulation

By |2020-06-17T17:30:14-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Blog, News|

As misinformation proliferates, protests escalate, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election looms, how much should social media companies regulate the content on their platforms? Rules and regulations are changing as social media giants are figuring out how to wield their unprecedented power over information. As an organization committed to free expression, we welcome efforts to provide more information, alternative sources [...]

NCAC Urges Speaker Pelosi to Support Critical Change to Patriot Act

By |2020-05-18T15:42:32-04:00May 18th, 2020|News|

NCAC has joined a coalition of more than 50 civil liberties, civil rights and government transparency organizations in urging Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to include civil liberties reforms in the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, a bill that would extend surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act which expired in March. The coalition’s [...]

NCAC Joins Free Press and 30 Other Organizations in Calling for FCC to Cancel Net Neutrality Vote

By |2020-01-03T15:48:54-05:00December 8th, 2017|Blog|

On Thursday, NCAC joined with more than 30 press freedom, civil liberties and open government groups, led by Free Press, in submitting a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai. The letter urges Pai to cancel a vote scheduled for December 14, 2017 that will likely reverse net neutrality protections instated in 2015. Read the full letter below; [...]

China’s Struggle with Online Censorship – New Lengths to Control the Internet

By |2020-01-03T15:05:46-05:00April 2nd, 2015|Blog|

One of the most prevalent types of censorship today is solely web-based.  The Chinese government's online blockade called the "Great Firewall" is one of the most famous examples. Usually acting out of what it considers defensive purposes, the "Great Firewall" operators have recently taken on a more offensive role that affects both China and the rest of the world: Cyber attacks [...]

It’s Starting to Get Chilly

By |2020-01-03T14:58:03-05:00January 6th, 2015|Blog|

And I’m not talking about the frosty weather hitting New York City this week.  A new report by NCAC coalition member PEN American Center, “Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers” finds that government surveillance in democratic countries is chilling free speech, driving novelists, editors, poets, and journalists to self-censor their work. The numbers are particularly frightening: 75% [...]

NCAC Co-signs Letter to US Senate Expressing Concerns Over SAVE Act

By |2019-03-07T22:47:19-05:00November 13th, 2014|Incidents|

(Update: NCAC signed on to another letter in January 2015 organized by the Center for Democracy & Technology.) NCAC and other organizations concerned with human rights sent the below letter to the Unites States Senate to convey strong opposition to S.2536, the "Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation" (SAVE) Act. While we believe that Congress should provide additional funding for victims [...]

EFF Probes Troubling Social Media Monitoring Policies in AL and TN

By |2019-03-07T22:47:18-05:00November 10th, 2014|Blog|

Late in September, in observance of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles on Surveillance, NCAC noted thematic links between the NSA’s far-reaching surveillance tactics and those of public schools in the country. There, we observed that the underlying impulses behind surveillance on the national level and on the local level were uniform. This need to monitor and [...]

Spiked: Should Even Hate Speech Be Free Speech?

By |2020-01-03T14:52:53-05:00October 8th, 2014|Blog|

To outsiders, 21st century Britain must look like a pretty liberal country. We don’t imprison people for their political opinions. We no longer seek to ban so-called “obscene” novels, as the authorities tried to do with D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” when the unexpurgated version was first published in 1960. We got rid of our blasphemy laws in 2008. The British Board of Film Classification now okays the cinematic release [...]

A Machine of Paranoia: How Concerns for Student Safety May Chill Speech

By |2020-01-03T14:52:00-05:00September 18th, 2014|Blog|

NCAC has proudly signed onto the list of 13 Necessary and Proportionate principles, part of a global effort led by our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on mass surveillance. This week marks the one-year anniversary of the drafting of the principles. The list of principles proposes a set of guidelines that governments around the world should adhere to if [...]

Pennsylvania Teen Criminally Charged for Naughty Facebook Pictures with Jesus Sculpture

By |2020-01-03T14:51:57-05:00September 16th, 2014|Blog|

Is symbolic behavior a crime when it may offend religious sensitivities? A 14-year-old boy could be facing up to two years in juvenile detention for posting lewd, crass, yet ultimately innocuous photos on Facebook this past July. The problem: the photos featured him suggestively posing with a sculpture of Jesus. While traipsing the lawn of a local religious organization known [...]

Acts of Fear: Compromising the Digital Rights of Youth

By |2020-01-03T14:49:28-05:00September 11th, 2014|Blog|

I joined NCAC on the first day of the ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which took place in Istanbul last week. Central to IGF – an event mired in controversy, given Turkey’s startlingly abusive Internet controls – was the topic of youth digital rights. Turkish academic Kursat Cagiltay commented that 42% of Turkish youth condoned government censorship of the Internet. He [...]

NCAC co-signs letter to President Obama and Members of the PCLOB

By |2020-01-03T14:49:02-05:00September 4th, 2014|Incidents|

The undersigned organizations, former government officials, and members of Congress write to express their concerns over the US government's surveillance activities conducted under the authority of Executive Order 12333. NCAC shares the concerns of many that these surveillance activities will "undermine the fundamental rights of internet users everywhere" by implementing an unnecessary assemblage of users' personal information. The letter calls [...]

Tell the FCC to Defend Net Neutrality!

By |2020-01-03T14:48:49-05:00July 16th, 2014|Blog|

You still have time to add your voice to the FCC's general comment period on Net Neutrality! Hundreds of thousands of concerned netizens have submitted comments so far, but there's still something missing: You! The Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided an easy, online form at to add your comment in favor of a neutral Internet. You can also comment [...]

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