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North Carolina Lawyers Say Sex Offenders Should Be Allowed on Facebook

North Carolina state law prohibits registered sex offenders from using social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace, but two lawyers believe that the restriction is unconstitutional. Attorney Glenn Gerding, who is representing convicted sex offender Christian Martin Johnson, argues that the law is too broad, and would prevent his client from using sites like Google or Amazon, since both platfo...

The Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill: What It Is, and Why It Won't Die

On the very day that the Egyptian government shut down an overwhelming majority of the country's Internet servers, Republican Senator Susan Collins began floating a piece of legislation which, if passed, would grant the President the power to do essentially the same thing in the U.S. The so-called 'kill switch' bill was approved by the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ...

'Judges Must Die' Blogger Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison

A man from New Jersey has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for making death threats against three federal judges on his blog. Right-wing blogger Hal Turner reportedly took issue with a 2009 ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed legal challenges to handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois. Disgusted with the decision, Turner took to his blog, where he decl...

Facebook Struggling With Free Speech, Cyberbullies

Figuring out where to draw the line between free speech and harassment is hard enough for the government; it's even more difficult for Facebook. In recent months, the social network has found itself on the fulcrum of many high-profile free speech debates, ranging in topics from controversial cartoons to cyberbullying to Wikileaks. Through it all, Facebook's 'hate and harassment' team has tried to...

Supporting WikiLeaks, Anonymous Takes Down Major Sites in 'Operation: Payback'

The crew over at Anonymous have spent the last day or so letting everyone know exactly where they stand in the war over WikiLeaks. The group kicked off Operation: Payback by targeting companies, governments and public figures that have made it difficult for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to continue their operations. The infamous and nebulous hacker collective launched massive DDoS attacks against ...

Palestinian Man Faces Life Sentence for Declaring Himself 'God' on Facebook

The Palestinian Authority has arrested a 26-year-old West Bank blogger for calling himself "God" on Facebook. The suspect, Walid Husayin, works as a barber in the conservative town of Qalqilya, where the locals describe him as a devout family man. When he surfs the Web, though, Husayin apparently takes on an entirely different persona. As the AP reports, Husayin is now facing a sentence of lif...

Sotomayor: Wikileaks' War Diaries Could Lead to Supreme Court Free Speech Ruling

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently spoke at the University of Denver, and suggested that Wikileaks' publication of the so-called Afghan War Diaries could result in a court case over free speech, reports the Guardian. Sotomayor said that the relationship between unfettered speech and national security has been "a constant struggle in this society, between our security needs and our Fir...

China Commits to Firm Control Over the Internet

Share After Google defiantly withdrew from its territory, and even after facing a barrage of international criticism due to its iron-fisted censorship policies, the People's Republic of China insists it will not ease its governmental grip on the Internet. In a 31-page government paper issued today, the Chinese government poetically described the Internet as "a crystallization of human wisdom," a...

Congress Considers Reining in Online Defamation Lawsuits

In April, we told you about the unfortunate plight of Justin Kurtz, a 21-year-old college student who found himself battling defamation charges after creating a group on Facebook to publicize his dissatisfaction with a local towing company. Not long after its birth, the group began growing, with many Kalamazoo, Michigan locals flocking to the forum in order to air their own grievances with the co...

California Court Rules Cyber-Bullying Is Not Free Speech

Share Online threats of violence and acts of cyber-bullying are not protected free speech. That's according to a California appeals court that upheld a decision from a lower court, allowing a hate crimes and defamation suit (PDF) to continue. The case dates back to 2005, when a then 15-year-old student at a private high school in Los Angeles launched a personal Web page to promote his pursuit o...

'Killing Indiscriminately' Facebook Vent Gets Illinois Man Arrested

The old "yelling, 'Fire!' in a crowded theater" axiom serves as one of the first, elementary lessons when discussing the constitutional right to free speech. That old standby may need a 21st century update, though, to specifically include "threats on Facebook." In January, four New Jersey high school students were arrested and charged with creating a false public alarm, making terrorist threats...

Iceland Proposing Blogger Protection Plan, Microsoft Considering iPad 'Office'

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Governments around the world have been implementing censorship programs, and arresting dissident bloggers and writers at an alarming rate. Iceland is reportedly attempting to become a safe haven for those beleaguered reporters with a parliamentary proposal that would provide the most protective free speech measures in the world. [...

Judge Rules Students Can Be Suspended for Fake MySpace Pages

A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that schools can legally suspend students for creating fake MySpace profiles, but only if the fabricated online personas poses some sort of school disruption. A three judge panel in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania came to their decision after a student posted a sexually explicit parody of her principal on her fake MySpace page. The panel ruled that the school co...

Twitter Undermines Hugo Chavez's Media Takeover

As we learned last summer in Iran, whenever a dictatorial regime senses trouble in Totalitarianville, one of the first things it does is tighten its grip on the media. And whenever the thick walls of censorship go up, Twitter is there to slip through the cracks. Share Case in point: Venezuela, where we may be witnessing the signs of an Iran-like brouhaha. With its economy floundering, crime ...

Surprise! China Blocks Access to IMDB Over Tibetan Movies

We've made our decision, and we're sticking to it. We're never, ever moving to China. According to the Hollywood Reporter, China has blocked access to IMDB (Internet Movie Database), denying its 338 million Internet users the right to instantly know Jennifer Grey's entire filmography. Even though The People's Republic has already blocked Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, some were left a bit nonp...