Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights

June 20, 2017

(CNN)In the 1971 free speech case, Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court said, “One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” That rings very true today. Now, I get to say: “I told you so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Justice Kennedy summed it up perfectly: “By mandating positivity, the law here might silence dissent and distort the marketplace of ideas.” Today, because of a little-known band and a naughty word, you are all more …


Hammond flexes muscles over Brexit – BBC News

June 16, 2017

At the Mansion House speech tonight, Philip Hammond will say that 48bn of funds from the European Union’s investment bank will not be put at risk. The European Investment Bank (EIB) provides funding for infrastructure projects across the EU, such as the building of the Crossrail train line in London, and tram networks in Nottingham and Manchester. It lends at preferential rates to EU members and some thought the source of financing could be at risk as the UK approaches the departure …


Sanders Movement Plots Democratic Party Takeover At Weekend Gathering

June 13, 2017

… waves to the crowd alongside his wife Jane after his speech at The People’s Summit in Chicago on Saturday. I want to tell you what you already know that the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice is not just growing here in the U.S. It is growing worldwide, Sanders declared. Judging by the cheers that followed, the audience didnt need much convincing. A recent Berniecrat effort to take over the California Democratic Party was similarly disappointing. Although Sanders …


General election 2017: Security dominates campaigning – BBC News

June 6, 2017

London attack: Latest updates PM’s condemnation of tech firms criticised How terror attack will influence campaign Downing Street sources said the prime minister would deliver a speech pledging the “leadership” needed to keep the country secure from terrorism, strike a Brexit deal, and manage the economy. On Sunday she called for new measures to tackle extremism – including online – saying in a speech outside No 10 that “enough is enough”. Culture …


9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Thursday with a White House speech that made the historic agreement sound like a trade deal, which it isnt. But that was just one of the thorns in his Rose Garden statement. The nonbinding pact to reduce planet-warming emissions, approved by every country but Syria and Nicaragua, commits its signatories to slashing greenhouse gas outputs and coming back to the negotiating table every five years to seek more …


Facebook valiantly tries but fails to moderate hate speech in Myanmar

May 30, 2017

… “regular audits and quality assessments” so errors will not happen again. Moderation is an uphill battle The move to ban slurs in Myanmar is the latest in Facebook’s efforts to ban hate speech on its platform. In a series of leaked documents published by the Guardian last week, Facebook outlined racial slurs as unacceptable on their platform, except in cases of ironic use. The social media giant is facing pressure by governments to stop hate from its nearly two billion users. …


Zuckerberg touched on income inequality, Beyonce and Trump in his Harvard commencement speech

Mark Zuckerberg shed tears, threw shade, and got (mildly) political in a commencement speech to his alma mater on Thursday. The Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout touched on everything from income inequality to Beyonce to Donald Trump (though he danced around referring to the president by name). SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg’s dad filmed his son’s reaction to getting into Harvard Fresh off a cross-country road trip of staged meet-and-greets, the billionaire seemed genuinely excited …

May 26, 2017

Stop Using Free Speech As An Excuse To Be Awful

Undeterred by the silent protest, Pence continued his speech, saying to the graduates: While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe spaces, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness all of which amounts to the suppression of free speech. None of them, however, have actually had their speech curtailed. They have never been thrown in jail for things like …

May 23, 2017

Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

(CNN)If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Donald Trump, it is that he has no qualms about contradicting himself to get what he wants. In Saudi Arabia, he wanted a $110 billion arms deal — not to promote peace and tolerance, as he later proclaimed in his Sunday speech. Thus, his speech will not “be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East,” as he loftily put it, but rather a boost to the war that is ravaging it. Nor will Trump’s speech put …

May 22, 2017

Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet

… entrepreneur in Chicago prototyping her latest video streaming platform, without meddling from the deep-pocketed broadband provider next door. Its a journalist who can be confident her reporting will reach all readers equally, without stories loading more slowly for some. Without net neutrality, we witness less competition and innovation, an erosion of free speech, and digital exclusion. These are issues that deserve and need a mainstream movement. Heres the good news: Internet users millions …

May 19, 2017