“If there’s one American belief I hold above all others, it’s that those who would set themselves up in judgment on matters of what is ‘right’ and what is ‘best’ should be given no rest; that they should have to defend their behavior most stringently. As a nation, we’ve been through too many fights to preserve our rights of free thought to let them go just because some prude with a highlighter doesn’t approve of them.”
— Stephen King, in his blog
Get Real, Congress: Censoring Search Results or Recommendations Is Still Censorship
EFF to D.C. Circuit: Animal Rights Activists Shouldn’t Be Censored on Government Social Media Pages Because Agency Disagrees With Their Viewpoint
@The_Icarian 😎🤔 Twitter/Xitter/SuX doesn't have users.
It has perpetrators & victims, together in love for reach & atttention (Elon's favorite), ready to give up self-esteem for being cuddled by merciless corporate algorithms.
I'm glad & thankful for real social media like Mastodon & the Fediverse to exist.
X Account of ‘The Liver Doc’ Suspended After Court Issues Ex-Parte Injunction in Suit Filed by Himalaya
Hepatologist Cyriac Abby Philips is known for taking on certain practices in alternative medicines like Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Siddha, and Unani (AYUSH) that he says have caused liver damage in patients.
Today is the 9th anniversary of the #UmbrellaMovement. At @hkbaptistu, 3 students stood silently w/ yellow ribbons & signs. School officials told them to leave & initiated disciplinary proceedings. Latest sign of #HongKong authorities' utter intolerance of #FreeSpeech & assembly. https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1707391807842066684#m
*Trump, Gag Orders, and the First Amendment*
@Techmeme Every government of the free world, that's still inexcusably maintaining a presence on the compromised Musk network can safely be considered supporters of a mis- & disinformation shitpool misleading people around the world for profit.
Musk's Xitter is the microblogging hoe trying to achieve at least Facebook's treason ranking.
The push to delegitamize a whole #NewsPlatform took less than $45 Billion dollars and in the name of #FreeSpeech lost $40 Billion dollars in the process in less than one year because #governance is an NP=hard maths problem called content moderation wrapped in #ToS that is applied, #equally.
This is gonna cost a #Fortune to fix 💯
EFF's Comment to the Meta Oversight Board on Polish Anti-Trans Facebook Post
📚 California book ban: state enacts sweeping legislation to end cultural purge:
"We want to do more than just push back rhetorically against that, and that's what this legislation provides."
Does #AI have a right to #freespeech? Only if it supports our right to #freethought
US anti-boycott laws and their implications for free speech - Part 1 | Boycott
The Knights Templar are in possession of a warehouse full of crystals . People who like pineapple on pizza were helping them for a while. You won't believe how deep the rabbit hole goes ... The pineapple-lovers have been strangely quiet about it, and the Templars are controlling everything . #freespeech #truth
EFF, ACLU and 59 Other Organizations Demand Congress Protect Digital Privacy and Free Speech
Almost exactly the same 💥 #politics #News #Africa #USA #USNews #WhiteSupremacy #Sexism #Woman, #Girls #Children #Education #FreedomOfThePress #FreeSpeech #Gerontocracy #Corruption #Religion #Abortion #SocialServices #Poverty #HumanRightsViolations 👇🏽 #Dictatorships https://vocal.media/theSwamp/the-tree-that-kept-voting-for-the-axe-because-they-re-of-the-same-tribe-u-s-gop-and-some-african-governments-are-the-same
The Yaoundé authorities have warned that individuals who draw comparisons between Cameroon and other African countries that have experienced coups will be arrested.
California Governor Newsom signs bill that will punish school districts that ban books based on their inclusion of the experiences of bipoc and lgtbq people.
The level of bomb threats and terrorism from the far right directed at #LGBTQ events is alarming. One thing is for sure, it illustrates that the far right don't truly care for #FreeSpeech. They want to silence groups that they feel extreme hatred for. I just hope something can eventually be done about this
Self-Proclaimed ‘#FreeSpeech’ Crusaders Totally Ignore #Trump Pledge to Crack Down on ‘Treasonous’ @nbcnews https://www.mediaite.com/opinion/self-proclaimed-free-speech-crusaders-totally-ignore-trump-pledge-to-crack-down-on-treasonous-nbc-news-msnbc/
EFF at FIFAfrica 2023
📚 Controversy erupts as Texas teacher fired for using Anne Frank graphic book:
"Censoring one of the most important works documenting the Holocaust and punishing the teacher who dared teach it is pretty much in line with what fascists do."
So we should be very worried about the Online Safety Bill and the impact it will have on our freedom of expression.
But we shouldn’t confuse it with the chair of a non-governmental Parliamentary committee writing to a company and asking them to demonetise a particular person.
The Online Safety Bill grants extra protections for legacy media outlets as a ‘recognised news publisher’, like a fast-track complaints procedure if their journalistic content gets censored.
But you, the ordinary user, won’t have the right of complaint or power to appeal wrongful censorship.
Our issue with the #OnlineSafetyBill is that tech companies will have to use algorithms to decide whether content is illegal and remove it before it’s even been posted.
This isn’t about demonetisation, it’s about platforms being forced to block or take down more of your posts.
We’ll never know how many ordinary people have their content censored by the Bill once it is implemented.
Unlike #RussellBrand it’s very likely you won’t have a high profile to raise awareness.
Russell Brand has said that YouTube’s decision to demonetise him is in the ‘context of the Online Safety Bill’.
While ORG has concerns about the Bill’s powers for censorship and surveillance, it’s misleading to blame a Bill that's not yet received Royal Assent for this decision.
The ChatGPT App Can Now Talk to You—and Look Into Your Life - ChatGPT inches closer to feature parity with the seductive AI assistant from Her, thanks ... - https://www.wired.com/story/chatgpt-can-now-talk-to-you-and-look-into-your-life/ #business/artificialintelligence #freespeech #business
Wired: The ChatGPT App Can Now Talk to You—and Look Into Your Life https://www.wired.com/story/chatgpt-can-now-talk-to-you-and-look-into-your-life/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Business/ArtificialIntelligence #artificialintelligence #machinelearning #voiceassistants #FreeSpeech #Business #ChatGPT #OpenAI #Alexa #Apps #Siri
Seeing as "I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It" is doing the rounds again, don't forget to credit it to the correct person. There's no evidence Voltaire ever said this.
The smear "#FreeSpeech advocates take that position because they're Nazis" is getting more common. It's no different from the earlier smear that was identical except for calling us Communists.
By equating freedom with totalitarianism, they hope to turn people's minds into pliable jello.
More terrorism directed towards the #LGBTQ. A bookstore forced a bookstore hosting a drag story time to shut down, due to bomb threats. The far right have lost themselves in their own zeal so much, they are incapable of seeing it is them who are the danger here.
@hannu_ikonen @Tbsa Which didn't eliminate opposing social democratic news outlets until dying Reich president Hindenburg was weak enough to be no longer able to resist Nazi pressure & false promises so he agreed to make Hitler Reich chancellor, subsequently leading to the infamous ' Law for the protection of Reich & state', which gave Hitler all the powers he needed & wanted to wipe every democratic opposition off the German parliament's floor — until the end of Hitler's "1000-year Reich" — 12 years on.
Care to watch the circulation of power at home is the message!
Care for the democratic right to vote near & far!
📚 Artists unite against book bans: Ariana Grande, Roxane Gay join 150+ names - here's the full list:
"We cannot stress enough how these censorious efforts will not end with book bans."
I dare say, not when it interferes with public or individual safety.
great account in this month's Isthmus about @wausaupilot 's ongoing legal struggles, stemming from a litigious state senator and Wisconsin's lack of an anti-SLAPP law.
Standing up In support of academic freedom & antiracist scholarship - An important message from comrades at the newly formed Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism:
Since the moment we announced the Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism, our work and people have been attacked. We’ve kept our focus on building our research community and working toward the October conference. Still, we cannot let pass these efforts to stifle academic freedom and prevent antiracist education, nor the harassment of scholars.
Please read and amplify ICSZ’s statement ⤵️ on the attacks and the supporting letters from our community — and then let’s keep doing the work that ICSZ was created to support.
With great appreciation,
The ICSZ Founding Collective”
📱 iPhone iMessage "Zeroclick" Exploits (ie: FORCEDENTRY / BLASTPASS)
⚠️ UK Online Safety Bill Passes
#Apple #News #infosec #cybersecurity #privacy #Pegasus #NSOgroup #spyware #malware #iPhone #iMessage #FORCEDENTRY #BLASTPASS #UK #onlinesafetybill #UnitedKingdom #FreeSpeech #FreeExpression #tech #Peertube
“In the name of protecting #FreeSpeech, the scientific community is not allowed to speak,” said Dean Schillinger, a #health #communication scientist who planned to apply to the #NIH program to collaborate w/a Tagalog-language newspaper to share accurate health #information w/Filipinos. “#Science is being halted in its tracks.”
The Supreme Court was put to the test,
When a rogue court made an arrest.
It put the GOP
in charge of social media,
And now the justices must do their best.
Public #libraries are increasingly the target of #book #bans, representing a shift in #censorship efforts in U.S. This revelation comes as PEN America issues new report that shows 33 percent increase in bans, & Florida as the top state in banning books. #FirstAmendment #FreeSpeech #FreePress #FreedomToRead https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/21/books/book-ban-rise-libraries.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare
"I knew Kansas officials would overstep after Marion raid. I didn’t expect it to be in Lawrence."
Kansas, the state where free speech goes to die.
The article is a funny read, but, to summarize, Douglas County deputy district attorney Joshua Seiden beclowned himself when he decided that public records should be shielded from the public. His argument was that the news outfit that required it was a little "fledgling publication devoid of journalist integrity and constantly on the prowl for potential clickbait."
What the fuck does that have anything to do with anything??? These are ***PUBLIC*** records. When records are public, you don't get to pick and choose who can see them.
As Clay Wirestone (the author of the article) puts it, aptly and humorously:
"That means that the public — you and I and that fellow we glimpsed down the alleyway late at night — have the right to read them."
Damn right! Even the town drunk would have the right to see those records.
September 18, 2023 3:45 PM
"Opponents of the #Line3 oil pipeline are celebrating an Aitkin County judge’s decision to dismiss charges against three Native women related to a 2021 protest.
"The charges against them stemmed from a rally on Jan. 9, 2021, when a large group gathered at a pipeline construction site near the #MississippiRiver in Aitkin County.
"The opponents, who called themselves #WaterProtectors carried signs and walked down a county road. Some Native women danced in jingle dresses, a healing tradition.
"Some group members later moved to another Aitkin County location, where they walked along U.S. Highway 169 and refused to leave a Line 3 construction site.
"LaDuke, Goodwin and Aubid were not arrested on Jan. 9. Authorities charged them weeks later by summons after identifying them in social media posts. They faced gross misdemeanor charges of trespassing and harassment, as well as misdemeanor unlawful assembly and public nuisance.
"A jury trial was scheduled to begin this week. But in a forceful opinion filed Sept. 14, District Court Judge Leslie Metzen dismissed all the charges.
"Metzen’s order noted the government’s historical mistreatment of #Indigenous people.
"'In the last 20 years I have come to a broader understanding of what we, the now dominant culture, did to try to eradicate our indigenous neighbors,' she wrote. 'We moved them by force and power and violence off the land where they lived for thousands of years. To make peace, we signed treaties with them that promised many things they never received.'
"Metzen wrote that she finds it 'within the furtherance of justice' to protect the defendants who were peacefully protesting to protect the land addressed in those treaties.
"She wrote that as respected members of #Anishinaabe tribes, LaDuke, Aubid and Goodwin were exercising their #FreeSpeech rights and #spiritual beliefs, including 'their heartfelt belief that the waters of Minnesota need to be protected from damage that could result from the #pipeline.'
'To criminalize their behavior would be the crime,' she added."
We're about to see prior restraint imposed across social media for UK users: a particularly draconian form of censorship that bans content before publication.
A court doesn't judge content to be illegal, that's up to tech companies. Or, the algorithms those companies will use to identify such content, leading to over-moderation.
Find out more.
The newly passed Online Safety Bill poses "a huge threat to freedom of expression with tech companies expected to decide what is and isn't legal, and then censor content before it's even been published".
🗣️ @JamesBaker, ORG Campaigns Manager.
The #UK Parliament Undermined The #Privacy, #Security, And #Freedom Of All Internet Users Worldwide
"The U.K. Parliament has passed the #OnlineSafetyBill (OSB), which says it will make the U.K. “the safest place” in the world to be online. In reality, the OSB will lead to a much more censored, locked-down internet for British users. The bill could empower the government to undermine not just the privacy and security of U.K. residents, but #internet users worldwide."
#encryption #Privacy #Data #freespeech #ukpolitics
‘If the UK uses its new powers to scan people’s data, lawmakers will damage the security people need to protect themselves from harassers, data thieves, authoritarian governments, and others. Paradoxically, UK lawmakers have created these new risks in the name of online safety.’
The corporate social media platforms:
"We will stand up for your right to free speech... as long as it is speech that we like... and as long as it does not hurt our bottom line... and..."
I'm attaching a story about Facebook, but any social media platform with substantial business in India is likely to engage in this bullshit.
I'm not surprised. If a multinational has interests in multiple countries, it is going to look at its bottom line and privilege the ideology of the most regressive country.
This is yet another reason why the fediverse is superior. If India wants to police the servers within its borders, they can have at it. They cannot touch the servers abroad.
The fight to defend our digital rights in the UK has only just begun.
Powers in the Online Safety Bill, and how they are exercised, will have huge consequences for our rights to privacy and freedom of expression.
Join ORG today as we ready for the fight ahead.
Perhaps the biggest failing with the Online Safety Bill (UK) is the lack of detail in how these extraordinary powers will be implemented.
It throws the ball over to Ofcom to sort this mess.
We call on the regulator to work with cyber experts, tech companies and civil society to reduce the harms to our fundamental rights.
The Online Safety Bill also poses a huge threat to freedom of expression with tech companies expected to decide what is and isn’t legal.
Automated moderation will censor content before it’s even been published, re-introducing prior restraint for the written word for the first time since the 1600s.
Young people could be denied access to large swathes of the web, including resources for information and support.
Why Georgia’s Latest Assault on Free Speech Is So Chilling
Nora Benevides, Free Press
"It is the largest, most sustained attack on free speech since the Civil Rights Movement"
#15yrsago #Copyright’s Paradox: brilliantly argued book tackles #FreeSpeech vs. copyright https://memex.craphound.com/2008/09/18/copyrights-paradox-brilliantly-argued-scholarly-book-tackles-free-speech-vs-copyright/
#15yrsago How #SEC rule-exemptions led to the Wall St collapse https://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2008/09/regulatory-exem.html
Everyone concerned about TERF victimisation and shutting down of #FreeSpeech which is supported by, #NZPol #ACT Party leader and supposed champion of free speech, David Seymour, should watch this episode of Alice Sneddon's BAD NEWS about trans exclusionary radical feminists in #NewZealand.
Iran's women on #MahsaAmini's death anniversary "Things have changed so much since last year," a 20-year-old music student in #Tehran, who we are calling Donya, tells me over an# encrypted #socialmedia platform. She is one of the many women who now refuse to wear the veil in public. "I still can't believe the things I now have the #courage to do. We've become so much bolder and braver. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-66788392 #HumanRights #WomensRights #FreeSpeech #CivilDisobedience
US government is trying to censor the internet for everyone still, here is info on what you can do to prevent it: https://www.tumblr.com/negativeohio/728483500819365888?source=share
"this is a list of senators who have cosponsored KOSA; under 'Give Feedback on This Bill' there's a link that lets you get the contact of your senators and representatives pretty easily. if your senator's a cosponsor, tell them to cut that shit out. if your senator's not a cosponsor, tell them to keep not being a cosponsor."
@caseynewton you drank musk’s koolaide and patheticaly quoting grimes too. Maybe write about the money and reasons behind these moves. Is #elonmusk a #freespeech zealot or someone against transparency who wants to push opaque mass #propaganda & limit choice to achieve influence? To weaken discourse and #democracy so as to mitigate regulation, taxation, litigation and gain a shit ton of power?
The RSPB took on ministers and fell to earth. How it happened is a warning to us all
This is not just a story of a wildlife charity being bullied – it’s about the ugly truth of power dynamics in today’s Britain
Economic power seldom needs to discipline those who might challenge it. Most of the time, they do it to themselves. However extreme the ideologies promoted by corporations and oligarchs, organisational life falls broadly into line.
Ottawa Police Board Facing Constitutional Challenge Over Rules Limiting Speakers at Public Meetings
Community groups accuse civilian police board of violating Charter Rights, free speech
* lawsuit over by-laws by civilian police oversight body
* limits public participation, silences critics
https://persagen.com >> search: "ottawa police"
Elon Musk threatens to sue Anti-Defamation League over lost X revenue https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/sep/05/elon-musk-sue-adl-x-twitter This claim does not seem to have merit. There has been well documented problems with hate speech and racism on Twitter arising from a lack of proper social moderation. #socialmedia #Twitter #freespeech #hatespeech #racism
The right to peacefully assemble and #protest is sacrosanct, New York Attorney General says, explaining a legal settlement w/the NYPD to prevent them from “kettling” #protesters and then arresting them. #FreeSpeech #RightToAssemble #RightToProtest #FirstAmendment https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/05/nyregion/nypd-settlement-protesters-penning.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare
Platforms could choose to filter out vast amounts of content to allow young people on the site without age verification.
Or, they could exclude UK users entirely, rather than risk liability or expensive and untried age estimation or content moderation systems.
The Online Safety Bill requires sites that allow user-generated content, such as Facebook, TikTok, and even Wikipedia, to prevent children from seeing content the government defines as ‘harmful’.
Users may have to verify their age, or content could just be blocked for everyone.
I hereby subtoot a discourse:
Instead of declaring yourself a libertarian #FreeSpeech absolutist but carving out a set of "that's-not-speech" exceptions for fraud, libel, blackmail, intimidation, harassment, jury tampering, playing music at 140 db, etc
...IMO it's actually braver (and more coherent, and more grown-up) to say that these are all speech acts, more or less, and that sometimes some of these speech acts *are* good to censor or chill.
Saudi man sentenced to death for tweets
* retired teacher in Saudi Arabia sentenced to death for tweets criticizing Saudi Arabia's leadership to his handful of followers
* harshest verdict yet for online critics
* horrendous human rights violator
Saudi Border Guards Kill 100s of African Migrants
Human rights in Saudi Arabia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Saudi_Arabia
Techdirt published a piece when James Larkin committed suicide a week before the trial was to begin.
I appreciate this writing, as it gave me a completely different understanding of this situation.
I think it's worth reading:
Fox didn't pay a penny of the $800m civil settlement fine to Dominion Voting Systems – its insurance company did (and they could probably do it 2 more times).
• make no mistake: it's "business as usual" at Fox
• #GOP/right-wing on a trajectory to ensue
#FreeSpeech = #RightToLie
(courtesy #SCOTUS Citizens United) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC
"Fox refuses to apologize for fabricated story about dead Marine whose sole source was a far-right Florida congressman" https://boingboing.net/2023/08/26/fox-news-refuses-to-apologize-for-fabricated-story-about-dead-marine-whose-sole-source-was-a-florida-congressman.html @jeffjarvis
Here’s a link to report from PENAmerica, the #writers rights organization, on the current “Ed Scare,” aka the so-called parents rights, #book #banning, #censorship efforts to lock LGBTQIA, racial and ethnic minority stories out of schools. It’s the full report which details 400 pieces of legislation introduced to secure these #FirstAmendment-violating ideas into law. #FreedomToRead #education #FreePress #FreeSpeech
New Report From Pen America: Surge of Intrusive Legislation to #Intimidate #Teachers, Drive Self-Censorship in Schools. Proliferation of Nearly 400 “Educational Intimidation Bills” Nationwide; Missouri Leads, Followed by Texas and Oklahoma. #censorship #freespeech #libraries #education #CivilLiberties #legislation #LegalResearch https://pen.org/press-release/new-report-surge-of-intrusive-legislation-to-intimidate-teachers-drive-self-censorship-in-schools/ #bookbans #fascist