It’s understandable some people wish to publicly grieve the Queen and offer their respects to her and the monarchy. But those who disagree with the monarchy also have a right to freedom of speech.
Police may not have been justified in making arrests over breach of the peace and public order.
Glasnost was hailed as one of the Soviet leader’s great achievements. But it was a fragile freedom and soon overturned by Vladimir Putin.
The Chautauqua movement symbolized progressive reformers’ hopes that public learning could create a healthy democracy.
The fatwa against Salman Rushdie has political significance beyond the threat to free speech.
Talk of the attack risks devolving into overly simplistic free speech debates.
For civilians, free speech is protected by the First Amendment. Not so in the US military, where the rise of political extremism has become a problem.
Since rap music emerged in mainstream culture in the late 1980s, politicians have derided its lyrics and imagery as violent. Over the years, rap has become an easy target to blame for violence.
Since rap music emerged in mainstream culture in the late 1980s, conservatives have derided its lyrics and imagery as violent. But hip-hop artists argue those images reflect urban realities.
The 14th Amendment banned Confederates from public office. But the rebels later received an amnesty that now might save GOP members from prosecution for their roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Elon Musk has an idea of what ails Twitter and what needs to be done to fix it. The problem is his assumptions are wrong.
The Supreme Court ruled May 2, 2022, in Shurtleff v. Boston, a free speech case.
The digital public sphere is constantly evolving, so we need a regulatory framework that helps to structure public discussion, and in turn guide our own public contributions as citizens.
The age of the free speech free-for-all is over – but public online spaces are possible.
We may be besieged by private companies in online spaces, but only up to a point.
Twitter, more than other social media platforms, fosters real-time discussion about events as they unfold. That could change now that Musk has gained control of the company.
Elon Musk’s attempt to take over Twitter uses free speech as the motivation, but research shows that unregulated online spaces result in increased harassment for marginalized users.
Twitter, more than other social media platforms, fosters real-time discussion about events as they unfold. That could change if Musk gains control of the company.
Public companies have many governance safeguards that private ones lack, such as independent oversight and transparency.
When speakers seek to responsibly disseminate knowledge they must be aware of their audience and how what they are saying may resonate.