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This House believes that Western democracies should openly try to circumvent Internet censorship in oppressive regimes
17 May 2013
Burma | censorship | China | Digital Freedoms | digital rights | Freedom of Expression | International Relations | internet freedom | Surveillance technology
Internet censorship has been growing precipitously in countries around the world. Freedom House finds that 20 of 47 countries examined have increased their...
This House believes that there should be a presumption in favour of publication for information held by public bodies
13 Nov 2012
11th Principle | censorship | Digital Freedoms | Free speech debate | Freedom of information | Governmental Transparency | Public information
The discussion: The principles should affirm the public’s right to information held by public bodiesAccess to information held by public bodies is a crucial...
12 Nov 2012
censorship | Free speech debate | Freedom to publish | Journalism | Free to challenge | Free Speech Debate
The case: Julian Assange: a journalist?In February 2010, Wikileaks, a clandestine whistleblower outlet, released the first in a series of...
17 Aug 2012
ACTA | censorship | Digital Freedoms | Freedom of Expression | Freedom of expression | International Governance | Internet
What is internet governance? There’s a narrow definition and a broad definition. The narrow definition focusses solely on the technical aspects of the...
18 May 2012
Blasphemy | censorship | Free speech debate | Rushdie | Satanic Verses | No violence | Free Speech Debate
The case: The Jaipur Literature FestivalSalman Rushdie, the Booker prize-winning author of Midnight’s Children as well and The Satanic Verses, which is banned...
18 May 2012
Anat Kamm | censorship | civil-military relations | Free Speech Debates | Freedom of expression | Human rights | Israel | Journalism | Right to know | Free to challenge | Free Speech Debate
The case: The Israeli WhistleblowerJournalist Anat Kamm was sentenced to four and a half years in October 2011 for leaking 2,000 classified military documents...
18 May 2012
censorship | Culture | Free speech debate | hiphop | Music | Living with difference | Free Speech Debate
The case study: Censoring hip-hop music in London“Guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements of hip hop and never will be.” Scroobius...
10 May 2012
Access to Information | access to information | censorship | Digital Freedoms | digital rights | Freedom of speech | Freedom of the Press | freespeechdebate | Human rights | Internet | technology | Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The case: Internet access is a human rightHuman rights come from the need to protect individuals from the arbitrary power of the state. Human rights are “...
21 Feb 2012
Access to Information | censorship | Digital Freedoms | Freedom of speech | Internet | News | social media
The internet is growing at a fantastic rate and is a huge resource for mass communication and information distribution. It can be used to spread information...
20 Feb 2012
censorship | college issues | colleges | Freedom of expression | Freedom of speech | hate speech | universities | university issues | Law General | Minorities | University | Education | Law | Society
Hate speech is a controversial issue in all Western Liberal Democracies (WLDs). What makes hate speech on university campuses a unique topic is the combination...