Free Speech

No Backdoor on Human Rights: Why Encryption Cannot Be Compromised

</header> <strong>In April 2019, the UK issued an <a href=”https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/online-harms-white-paper”>Online Harms White Paper</a> to announce its campaign to rein in “harmful speech” on social media sites such as Facebook and TikTok. The public consultation period has ended and a full consultation response is expected in Spring 2020. (<a href=”https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/online-harms-white-paper/public-feedback/online-harms-white-paper-initial-consultation-response”>Initial Consultation Response here</a>.) Legislation to criminalize …

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Wikipedia comes back online in Turkey after multi-year ban

Sponsored Links tomch via Getty Images Access to Wikipedia in Turkey has been restored after a nearly three-year ban, which saw the site blocked after it refused to remove content tying the country to terrorist groups. The ban, which was imposed by Turkey in April 2017, came about after it concluded that Wikipedia was running …

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Was Youtube’s Christmas Crypto Purge Illegal?

</header> <strong>This article considers the legal implications of Youtube’s notorious purge of crypto channels on Christmas Eve. What legal context induces Youtube and other social media giants to operate as they do? The article does not explore whether it is morally proper to terminate a contract without cause or explanation and to threaten people’s livelihoods; …

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Bitcoin Is a Weapon for Free Speech in the Face of Government and Corporate Censorship

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>The latest skirmishes in the bruising trade war between the U.S. and China have led to the unlikely politicization of the NBA. But how did the views of a basketball executive become such a political football? And what does China’s ideological commitment to censorship say about the value of free speech and …

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Russia demands Google stop advertising ‘illegal’ protests on YouTube

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Russia is intensifying its pressure on Google to censor political dissent in the country. Media overseer Roskomnadzor has sent a letter to Google insisting that it stop promoting “illegal mass events” on YouTube. It didn’t like that YouTube channels were using push notifications and other measures to spread information about …

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