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15 Feb 2013
arms sales | Digital Freedoms | exports | Freedom of Expression | Freedom of expression | Repression | Surveillance technology | technology transfer | Internet freedom | Free Speech Debate
The sophistication of modern surveillance technology has increased by leaps and bounds in the 21st century. Governments have unprecedented power to watch their...
13 Feb 2013
Blogging | Digital Freedoms | Dissent | Freedom of Expression | Freedom of expression | Freedom of the Press | Journalism
Repressive governments, here defined as governments that are anti-democratic, that do not afford general civil rights to their citizens, and that do not have a...
7 Dec 2012
Big Business | Business | Corporate Personhood | Freedom of expression | money | Profit | speech | The basic principle | Free Speech Debate | Economy
Does money have the right to speak?The US supreme court's decision on Citizens United raises a vital issue: should corporations have the same free speech...
This House believes Tennessee is correct to protect teachers who wish to explore the merits of creationism
13 Nov 2012
Climate Change | Cloning | Creationism | Education | Evolution | Freedom of expression | Religion | School | Science | teaching | Tennessee | Free to know | Free Speech Debate
The case: Teaching creationism in US schoolsOn April 11 2012, Tennessee passed a law that will protect teachers who choose to explore the merits of creationism...
12 Nov 2012
Free speech debate | Freedom of expression | Innocence of muslims | protests | religious sensitivities | No violence | Free Speech Debate
The discussion: Has Innocence of Muslims ended the innocence of YouTube?The fact that Google, which owns YouTube, has voluntarily blocked the Islamophobic...
Should a new global body, the United Nations Committee for Internet Related Policies, take over internet governance?
29 Aug 2012
Digital Freedoms | Freedom of Expression | Freedom of expression | ICANN | International Organisations | Internet Governance | UN | United Nations | United Nations Committee for Internet Related Policies
Currently the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) based in California administers the technical and policy aspects of the core...
17 Aug 2012
ACTA | censorship | Digital Freedoms | Freedom of expression | Freedom of Expression | International Governance | Internet | Politics | Internet freedom | Government | Free Speech Debate
What is internet governance? There’s a narrow definition and a broad definition. The narrow definition solely sees the Internet as a technical thing...
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...
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...
17 Feb 2012
denigration | English | Freedom of expression | Freedom of speech | Language | offence | Race | Racism | Culture
The use of the N-word is a highly contentious issue in American society. Its roots come from the word "negro", Spanish for ‘black’ which was commonly used to...