Many digital services currently hosted on social media platforms are critical to democracy. Governments must build alternative infrastructures that allow citizens to control their own data.
Bias-motivated attacks became a distinct crime in the 1980s. But police investigate only a fraction of the roughly 200,000 hate crimes reported each year – and even fewer ever make it to court.
‘America’s finest news source’ The Onion wants the US Supreme Court to answer some difficult questions: is satire protected speech, and if so, how do we define it?
We should be concerned about the sweeping discretion social media companies have over so much of our speech.
Universities should look to democratic innovations seen in society like ‘mini publics’ where citizens deliberate about critical issues in representative forums.
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.