Articles on Free speech

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The Australian Federal Police have allowed themselves to become a tool of ‘secretive, ruthless and vindictive executive government’. AAP

Australia doesn’t protect free speech, but it could

What everyone should want is a healthy system of government that can serve the public interest by bringing important matters to light.
Julian Assange goes back to court in London on May 2. Reuters/Hannah Mckay

Is the Assange indictment a threat to the First Amendment?

The US indicted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange for conspiring to hack into a government computer. But the prosecution of Assange may also pose a risk to the rights of journalists in the US.
The Constitution is interpreted differently by the alt-right. Shutterstock/Joseph Sohm

How the alt-right corrupts the Constitution

The growing number of self-taught, right-wing experts on the Constitution believe not only in the rights of white people, but have a comprehensive – if not comprehensible – view of the Constitution.
These five Towson University Honors students in Sienna, Italy, were among the more than 332,000 U.S. students studied abroad in 2016-17. Mallory Harrison from www.flickr.com

7 tips to stay safe while studying abroad

Though studying abroad can be a rewarding experience, it also comes with certain risks. A study abroad expert provides 7 tips to help students stay safe while visiting in a foreign land.
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

What President Trump’s executive order on campus free speech is really meant to do

Though largely political and symbolic, the campus free speech order that President Trump issued matters because it ties millions of federal research dollars to how well colleges protect free speech.
Freedom of speech on Australian university campuses has been heavily debated this year. www.shutterstock.com

Special pleading: free speech and Australian universities

Glyn Davis lays out the evidence (or lack thereof) for the argument that free speech on campuses is at risk.
It might sound scary, but the ‘dark web’ is not much different from the rest of the internet. Willequet Manuel/Shutterstock.com

Illuminating the ‘dark web’

Begun as part of efforts to preserve online anonymity and privacy, Freenet, Tor and the Invisible Internet Project are, like the rest of the web, home to both crime and free expression.
Students at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., participate in protests against the appearance at the school of Faith Goldy, a white nationalist, in March 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Protecting free speech on campus: A solution in search of a problem

The Ford government in Ontario is taking aim at free speech on the province's campuses. But is it addressing a problem that doesn't exist?
A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

How free should speech on campus be?

On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.

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