Politicians and law enforcement engage in uncivil behaviour that undermines democratic society. Civility is a pre-requisite for empathy, and is essential for difficult conversations.
Young people continue to find new ways to connect on social media, in spaces that are increasingly hard for governments to regulate.
A constitutional law scholar says that the arguments made by anti-mask protesters that the Constitution protects their freedom to go maskless are just wrong.
Moral prudishness pushed Thomas Hardy and George Eliot to develop more creative and thoughtful writing practices.
The active and uninhibited dissemination of knowledge is vital for the advancement of knowledge.
False information about the new coronavirus is a big threat to containing the pandemic but governments must not use 'fake news' as an excuse to limit freedom of expression.
Until NZ is no longer in a state of emergency, authorities have exceptional powers over people's lives – from telling people to stay home, to potentially making vaccinations or testing mandatory.
Twitter's efforts to label misinformation during the US primaries haven't met with success. So how do we sift useful coronavirus information from wrong or downright dangerous untruths?
An absence of laws governing the digital space has allowed the government to tinker with internet accessibility as it sees fit.
Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia all punish blasphemy harshly – even with death. Such laws have political as well as religious motives, says a scholar on Islamism: They're a tool for crushing dissent.
Most of the community radio stations operate on a survivalist level, and should be seen as struggling small, medium and micro enterprises.
As British courts this week hear arguments for and against the Wikileaks founder's extradition to the US, the questions about journalism, the law and freedom of speech it raises are vital ones.
Don Cherry and his supporters would do well to listen to others who are justifiably offended by his xenophobic comments, and learn from them. Canada would be an even better place for it.
Universities need to protect people with different ideas.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation, like South Africa itself, is a symbol of contradictions. While there are bad people who work for it, there are also many good ones.
A new book takes apart Australia's recent move towards a more secret state, and the implications it might have for the health of our democracy.
While sometimes intolerant of criticism, Nyerere tended to respond with argument rather than force.
As a branch of government, the courts must naturally be accountable for the exercise of their power. The means of achieving their accountability must be balanced against their necessary independence.
We should celebrate the 'deplatforming' of the 8chan message board, linked to the El Paso shootings, as a win for the fight against online hate speech. But its removal does not mean the fight is over.
There are calls to ban the far-right former Breitbart editor from Australia. He's due to speak at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference.