Professor Terminated Over Tweets on Israel’s Bombing of Gaza Sues University, Seeks Reinstatement

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 3:00 pm

Professor Steven Salaita, who was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza, has filed a lawsuit against the university. The lawsuit seeks reinstatement so he can “join his colleagues” in [...]

 

In Aftermath of Executions of NYPD Officers, Police Crack Down on Extreme Anti-Cop Speech on Social Media

By: Wednesday December 24, 2014 12:00 pm

Police departments throughout the United States have escalated the vigilance in which they monitor speech on social media. Multiple people have been arrested and accused of threatening officers, as part of a law enforcement response to the execution of two New York Police Department officers. Ismaiiyl Brinsley shot NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu [...]

Former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Seeks to Have U.S. Criminalize Support for BDS Against Israel

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 7:00 pm

More and more American and foreign academic organizations are looking closely at passing resolutions in support of Boycotting, Divesting from and Sanctioning (BDS) Israeli educational organizations and institutions, for their involvement in the illegal occupation of the West Bank, and for those institutions’ lack of concern for educational infrastructure in the Occupied Territories and in Gaza. This past week, two important American academic organizations have passed motions supporting Global BDS of Israel, and advocating the end of relations with Israeli academic institutions and organizations. Back in April, the Association for Asian American Studies voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

David Miranda & the Policing of Journalism

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00 pm

Lawyers for David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has been reporting on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was in Britain’s High Court for the second day of a hearing.

Chicago Public Schools’ Ban of ‘Persepolis’ Continues to Face Challenge From Anti-Censorship Alliance

By: Friday April 12, 2013 12:26 pm

An alliance of nonprofit organizations committed to promoting freedom of thought and free expression has been challenging a decision by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to ban Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis. It has also sought more information on what led to the decision by filing Freedom of Information Act requests.

Google: Government Surveillance Spikes Worldwide—Especially in United States

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 2:05 pm

The increasingly omniscient and omnipresent corporation that is Google has released its latest transparency report on requests from government authorities around the world to take down content and hand the data of users over to agencies.

The Idea That DoS Attacks Against WikiLeaks are War Crimes

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 6:51 pm

The notion that the attacks on WikiLeaks are war crimes is something the organization has been promoting. On August 23, when it was hit with a DoS attack as it released 130,000 cables, the organization tweeted, “Are state directed Denial of Service attacks, legally, a war crime against civilian infrastructure?” and “Should we, legally, declare war on state agressors that commit infrastructure war crimes against us?”

Late Night FDL: LAPD Sends Out Cops over “Incendiary” Painting

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 8:00 pm

Painting as crime? Seems freedom of expression in art is subject to police investigation if it makes “someone” uncomfortable.

London Riots: The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 6:30 am

Four nights of riots in the United Kingdom (the first three primarily in London) have given way to calls for the arrests of those who have used mobile technology or social networking to “incite violence.” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said some messages on Twitter related to the riots have been “really inflammatory” and “accurate” and that officers should consider arresting those who sent incitements to violence on Twitter.

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