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The Digital Maginot Line
“The key problem is this: platforms aren’t incentivized to engage in the profoundly complex arms race against the worst actors when they can simply point to transparency reports showing that they caught a fair number of the mediocre actors. … What made democracies strong in the past — a strong commitment to free speech and the free exchange of ideas — makes them profoundly vulnerable in the era of democratized propaganda and rampant misinformation. … We need an understanding of free speech that is hardened against the environment of a continuous warm war on a broken information ecosystem. We need to defend the fundamental value from itself becoming a prop in a malign narrative.”
technology  truth  knowledge  information_wars  2018  platforms  free_speech  democracy  disinformation 
9 days ago by Preoccupations
Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression - The Washington Post
By Jamal Khashoggi
October 17 at 7:52 PM
A note from Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor

I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for. I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together.
World  Politics  Arab_Spring  Free_speech  Freedom_of_Speech  Freedom 
8 weeks ago by mcbakewl
Ontario “free speech” requirements for universities and colleges cause for concern | CAUT
(Ottawa – August 31, 2018) The government of Ontario’s plan to require the province’s universities and colleges to adopt “free speech” policies and punish those who fail to adhere to the new requirements is an unprecedented interference with institutional autonomy, warns the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). “CAUT has long advocated that campuses must be sites where there is a free and open exchange of ideas,” says executive director David Robinson. “The belief that free expression is being squelched on campuses across the province and across the country is grossly exaggerated and masks a thinly veiled political agenda,” says Robinson. “The difficult conversations about free speech on campus today are about reconciling unhindered debate with the need to ensure that all voices can be heard without facing discrimination and harassment. The vagueness in the government’s guidelines of what constitutes an interference with free speech is also a problem, and may prohibit legitimate protests.
politics:canada:ontario  edu:canada:pse  free_speech 
september 2018 by sechilds
Develop free speech policies or face funding cuts, Ontario tells colleges | CBC News
The Progressive Conservative government issued a warning Thursday that colleges and universities must come up with free speech policies by Jan. 1, 2019 or face funding cuts. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)Ontario colleges and universities must come up with free speech policies or face government funding cuts. The Progressive Conservative government issued the warning Thursday, saying the schools have until Jan. 1, 2019 to develop, implement and comply with those policies. It also says that the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario will monitor compliance starting in September 2019 and schools that don't comply could face funding cuts. Premier Doug Ford promised during the spring election that he would tie funding for post-secondary institutions to free speech.
politics:canada:ontario  edu:canada:pse  free_speech 
september 2018 by sechilds
Scunthorpe problem - Wikipedia
The Scunthorpe problem is the blocking of e-mails, forum posts or search results by a spam filter or search engine because their text contains a string of letters that are shared with another (usually obscene) word. While computers can easily identify strings of text within a document, broad blocking rules may result in false positives, causing innocent phrases to be blocked.
free_speech  design  censorship 
august 2018 by GranoblasticMan

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