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Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

Abortion is a Human Right

The “Global Gag Rule” turns back the clock on human rights world-wide.  Abortion as a human right has been affirmed by the United Nations since 2005. And, in direct violation of this fundamental human right, President Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the “Global Gag Rule” or “GGR” also known as the Mexico City Policy. The…

Close Up the Internet and Repeal the First Amendment – Election Season is Here

You know elections are upon us when politicians start talking about wanting to “close up” the Internet, or censor Twitter and Facebook.  Throw in a couple terrorist attacks and you have the perfect storm for loss of cherished First Amendment rights. Donald Trump’s suggestion that America should consider “closing up the Internet in some way…

Preventing Reactionary Activism from Being Extra Press for the Other Side

As sexual freedom activists, we often have to play defense. We are regularly responding to the laws that inhibit our human rights, and the statements and actions that harm our community members. Sometimes, it’s difficult to fight against something without repeating it—in which case your opponent is heard twice and you are only heard once….

Private Censorship – Fighting Suppression of Speech by Non-Governmental Actors

Government censorship in the Internet age has been a consistent focal point for free speech advocates.  Recent examples of censorship by the American government can be egregious, including the curtailment of First Amendment rights through mass surveillance, overregulation of disfavored speech, criminal prosecution, and outright bans on books, movies, and websites.  However, the First Amendment…

Censored by Google: What’s Next?

Google, a name most associated with the popular, gargantuan search engine, has been making its way into the headlines for a different and much more egregious reason: censorship across its platform of products.  The company recently made waves for prohibiting adult material on its advertising network, AdWords.  Now, it seems, Google has expanded its censorial…

Censorship by Money: Snuffing Out Adult Entertainment by Denial of Banking Services

Adult film stars are reportedly having their bank accounts systematically closed by JP Morgan Chase bank, for no other reason than their connection with porn. According to industry publications and more directly, tweets from adult film performers, Chase has been busy sending letters to hundreds of performers, arbitrarily closing their accounts with the financial institution….

The Great Firewall of Britain

We started hearing rumblings of anti-porn censorship by European governments at the beginning of the year. Back in March, the E.U. Parliament voted on a proposal that would have set out the path for laws “banning pornography in all media” across the E.U., including the Internet. Fortunately, the controversial “porn ban” section of the proposal…

Unspoken Words: The Chilling Effect of NSA Surveillance Abuses

In early 2012 when the news first went mainstream that the NSA was building its “Spy Center” in Utah, public reaction was much closer to Area 51-esque skepticism than the warranted level of alarm.  However, recent events show that we can barely go a week without another accusation of the National Security Agency abusing its…

Criminalizing Online Innovation: State Attorneys General Seek to Amend Section 230

Deceptively invoking the ‘save the children’ mantra yet again, State AG’s are reigniting the battle against online escort advertising websites, this time calling on Congress to amend one of the Internet’s few statutory guardians: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  Section 230, arguably the most important law to date in terms of protecting online…

Florida Sheriff Continues ‘War on Porn’ and Sets Sights on Backpage

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is well known for his faith-based campaign against erotic entertainment.  His morality police strike again, this time with a promise to go after the world’s second largest classified ad website, Backpage.com.  The threats of prosecution come on the heels of a four day sting operation resulting in the arrest of…