How do we know what we think we know? Accuracy, care and rigorous method gets us somewhere there, especially on issues like racism.
Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
Neither Galaxy Research nor the Institute of Public Affairs think-tank discussed the most interesting data they garnered from polling on free speech and reform to Section 18C.
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
Amending Section 18C would send a 'dangerous message', according to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.
A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
As the US example shows, freedom of religion should not be allowed to morph into the right to discriminate.
The Constitution’s external affairs power does not support Section 18C. And the section also impermissibly infringes the implied freedom of political communication.
Emergency laws can sometimes be the biggest threat to a state and its people.
Controversial arguments and ideas should be listened to and open to public scrutiny. Only then can we expose those ideas found wanting and lacking any credibility.
Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
What, exactly, are the political goals of The Satanic Temple, which formed in 2013? A religion professor attended a recent satanic ritual to find out.
Why is a doctor facing sanctions for voicing his opinions on Twitter?
The Supreme Court will soon decide if it will hear a case involving the off-campus speech rights of students.
Academics must teach students how to think – not what to think.
The Moroccan state's case against a leading academic could have far reaching ramifications for academic freedom and research at the country's universities.
As the debate spreads from Missouri to universities across the country, insights from The Conversation's coverage of race on campus.
Constitutional judges are best seen as backstops, not as activists for one value like liberty over others like integrity and equality.
Ten years after the Danish cartoon crisis, it's time to discuss how freedom of religion and freedom of speech can coexist.