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Internet Freedom Under Threat

By |2019-03-14T18:09:40-04:00March 8th, 2010|Blog|

The United States has a tradition of generally broad protection of freedom of speech, which has persisted in the Internet age.  Thus American courts have struck down most laws attempting to limit content on the Internet, including provisions of the Communications Decency Act restricting indecent speech on the Internet (in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844 (1997)) [...]

Niche-Niche: Wikipedia refuses to remove content contrary to German lawyer’s cease and desist letters

By |2019-03-07T21:50:44-04:00January 7th, 2010|Blog|

The First Amendment provides American-based websites with the freedom to report on newsworthy events, including those that happen in other countries to citizens of other countries. Yet, the global nature of the Internet opens it up to legal challenges from countries with more restrictive speech regimes. Last fall, for instance, lawyers for the convicted murderers of German actor Walter Sedlmayr [...]

Skirting responsibility: Google CEO Eric Schmidt on internet censorship

By |2016-01-15T10:14:12-04:00July 1st, 2009|Blog|

On Monday, The Telegraph reported on Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s talk at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. In it, he chastised censorious governments, saying completely effective internet censorship was unattainable and governments trying to do so were doomed to fail. Schmidt’s comments neatly skirt Google’s complicity with governments’ censorship by claiming that they warn governments that internet censorship can fail, [...]

Facing the global audience: Flickr and censorship

By |2019-03-12T18:24:56-04:00February 4th, 2009|Blog|

The scene: Flickr permanently deletes accounts There are three Flickr* censorship stories floating around the internet at the moment (there are ongoing Flickr censorship stories). *Flickr – which let’s users upload photos and videos – is owned by Yahoo. One story is about photos taken down from a Flickr account (on threat of closing the account) for “offensive content.” That [...]