Probably one of the most significant issues of our time – not because the Internet is more important than human life but because it is one of the major tools that is and will be used to influence watch-over and control it. Can the internet be saved without harming democracy? | Technology | The Guardian.
No democracy has ever been made stronger by suppressing evidence of its own misconduct.” via Defense Department’s Legal Bid to Suppress Detainee Abuse Photos Reaches ‘Line in the Sand’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.
It is easy to defend the right of people to say what you want to hear – not so when they say what you don’t want to hear. Group hysteria is rarely, if ever, a basis for rational consideration of issues and competent decision-making. Days After Free Speech Rally, France Arrests 54 People for Offensive Speech | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.
Queensland has long been a state in which government has either sanctioned injustice against groups and individuals in the community or actually perpetrated those injustices and, in many cases, built them into the law. From Invasion Day in 1788 (Curiously celebrated as “Australia Day” when it was actually a shameful day on which began the theft of a continent from its inhabitants, accompanied by some of the worst racial prejudice…
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: The Siege Of Julian Assange Is A Farce | newmatilda.com.
Intellectual content is valuable and it is not unreasonable to expect the creators of it, in whatever form, to be able to benefit from their work and creativity. Copyright legislation was first created with the intention of providing reasonable exemptions from penalty or cost in order to allow the sharing of that content for the benefit of all. Unfortunately, over time and with the increasing ethos of Profit Before People…
Censorship is always a clear sign of human rights gone wrong. A review of exactly what is censored will also give a clear guide to what the authorities most want to hide or keep to themselves. It will provide a clear indication of their own perversions. The Banned Books of Guantánamo | VICE | United Kingdom.
It appears that Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister, and Vladimir Putin, have much in common: Aggression, Megalomania, Opacity, the dictator’s fear of opposing views – hence a tendency to stamp on individuals or media outlets that air them … Perhaps all of Abbott’s posturing is actually a disguise for what will become a Russo-Australian alliance? Russian Media Watchdog Threatens To Shut Down Radio Station Critical Of Putin.
Murdoch’s belated stand for press freedom – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).