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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...

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...

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...

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...

The Web's Most Controversial Sites

Where free speech once saw a debate over "clear and present danger," the Internet has given us a new ethical conundrum between what constitutes free speech and what's just plain dangerous. We at Switched put our heads together to come up with the most controversial -- not hateful, not absurd, not out-of-left-field, but conversation-starting -- Web sites around. Our discovery? There are a lot...

Texas School District Sues Blogger Mom

As you may have noticed, one way to ruffle our feathers is to try and get down with that whole stifling free speech business. We're not big fans of censorship... in fact we can't think of too many people (outside of some fringe religious elements still fighting the culture wars) who are. Unfortunately, attempting to quiet those whose speech offends you only often helps bring publicity and...

Prince Sues His No. 1 Fans

Two months ago, we told you about Prince suing YouTube, eBay, and BitTorrent site Pirate Bay for enabling the piracy of his music. We suggested, as politely as we possibly could, that perhaps the elfin former superstar should take a lesson from Metallica, salvage some dignity, and try to avoid legal tussles over fans sharing his music. Well, apparently Prince was listening, but somehow he's...

Blogger Sued for Negative Book Reviews

Libel suits are notoriously tough to argue, and even more so when the target of the suit is a critic. The dictionary defines 'libel' as: A written or oral statement about another which is malicious and false and will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others. Professional reviewers don't normally get targeted...

Malaysian Blogger Arrested for Political Satire

Malaysian authorities are out to prove that no one has a monopoly on stifling Internet based free speech. Nat Tan, blogger at Jelas.info has been arrested under the country's Official Secrets Act. Nat was arrested, according to initial reports, for posting doctored images of the Deputy Prime Minister that showed him having dinner with a victim of a high profile murder and a prominent...