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Jun 15
2018

If I Support a Cause, Must I Fight for It on Social Media?


The last time I actually marched in a protest was a Toronto Day of Action organized in resistance to Ontario’s “Common Sense Revolution” back in the 90s. I still have Super 8 film footage of that day, showing happy, angry, determined, crowds at the march’s gathering point near the lake. I recall huge puppet masks depicting government figures of the day. I remember a sign saying “Mike Harris Eats British Beef” – it was the days of the Mad Cow scare, you know.  


By John Degen / Posted Friday June 15, 2018

Artistic Expression, Censorship

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May 31
2018

Cultural Appropriation, Freedom of Expression or What to Wear to Prom


Recently, a young woman in the US found a beautiful red cheongsam or qipao in a vintage clothing store. She bought it and wore it to her high school prom -- and then things got out of hand. She was accused of cultural appropriation by some people and lauded for cultural appreciation by others. As if getting that perfect prom dress weren’t difficult enough!


By Danielle S. McLaughlin / Posted Thursday May 31, 2018

Teachers & Students Speech Rights

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May 24
2018

Networking the Law of Defamation


Even as technology transforms the world of communication – as it has over the course of history – defamation law remains strangely impervious to change. True enough, the law has evolved over time – indeed centuries – but nonetheless seems as beholden as ever to an archaic muddle of backwater rules and concepts.


By Jamie Cameron / Posted Thursday May 24, 2018

Speech Restrictive Laws

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May 17
2018

The Nurse’s Facebook Case that calls into question the reasonableness of the “reasonableness standard”


The Disciplinary Committee of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) says that Carolyn Strom engaged in professional misconduct in her comments on Facebook and Twitter about her grandfather’s end-of-life care.  Ms.


By Micheal Vonn / Posted Thursday May 17, 2018

Censorship

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May 11
2018

Disinformation by Quantification


We are seeing a rapid expansion of the use of metrics (quantitative methods) for assessing performance and directing behaviour of states and public institutions. This is not a new idea but one that has many adverse effects. Use of metrics can (1) encroach on matters (such as human values[1]) not properly assessable by quantitative means, and can (2) be misused even in traditionally quantitative matters (such as accounting fraud).


By Jon Thompson / Posted Friday May 11, 2018

Disinformation

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May 3
2018

Censoring Consensual Sex Workers will not Save the Sex Trafficked


On April 11, 2018, President Trump signed into law two anti-trafficking bills which will not only censor consensual sex workers, but will also profoundly affect freedom of expression on-line.


By Lara Karaian / Posted Thursday May 3, 2018

Censorship, Speech Restrictive Laws

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Apr 25
2018

Kudos to University of Alberta President for Strong Defence of Academic Integrity In Face of Fierce Onslaught


At a time when academic freedom and university integrity are under widespread attack, University of Alberta President David Turpin has courageously defended the university as an institution founded on the principles of freedom of inquiry, academic integrity, and independence.

His institution is under siege for deciding to offer an honorary degree to David Suzuki, the eminent Canadian geneticist, science broadcaster, environmental activist and human rights advocate.


By James L Turk / Posted Wednesday April 25, 2018

Academic Freedom

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Apr 19
2018

We Elect Trustees: We Can Vote Them Out Too


Barry Neufeld is a man with many opinions – but, not everyone thinks he should be permitted to express them. Mr. Neufeld is an elected trustee of the Chilliwack, BC school board. He believes that the school board's new sex education curriculum is bad for kids. He is particularly upset that it teaches about gender identity and transgender people.


By Danielle S. McLaughlin / Posted Thursday April 19, 2018

Teachers & Students Speech Rights

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Apr 10
2018

Campus Speech and the Inflation of Harm


There’s more interest in campus free expression than we have seen since the Great Student Revolts of 1968, or even further back in the last century, in the arguments of the 1930s and 1940s over fascism, social democracy, war and peace.


By William Bruneau / Posted Tuesday April 10, 2018

Academic Freedom, Censorship

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Mar 26
2018

Privacy Commissioner's Draft Report on a "Right to be de-indexed" is Cause for Concern


In its recent draft Position on Online Reputation, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has suggested the options of removing webpages from search engine results, or “de-indexing”, along with “source takedown.”  


By Andrea Gonsalves / Posted Monday March 26, 2018

Co-written by Justin Safayeni

Speech Restrictive Laws

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