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William & Mary: Consternation over shutdown of ACLU speaker by Black Lives Matters students

Students at William & Mary College from Black Lives Matter stormed the stage at a campus speaking event preventing the appearance of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Claire Gastanaga. Gastanaga failed to preempt the protesters by acknowledging their right to protest and was drowned out by chants and slogans such as “liberalism is white supremacy.” […]

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Russia ad scandal: With government regulation looming Facebook promises increased vigilance

Given mounting evidence that Russia used political ads on Facebook to influence voters in the 2016 presidential election, Mark Zuckerberg was forced to take responsibility for allowing Facebook to be used as a forum for lies and salacious propaganda. He pledged to defend democracy by working with governments to effect electoral integrity. As many call […]

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California open government roundup: San Diego shoring up transparency law governing business transactions

San Diego is taking steps to strengthen a long standing law after a series of investigative reports and a grand jury report showed the city failed to investigate the financial interests behind more than $3 billion in contracts with over 1,000 companies. The 1992 voter approved law was prompted by revelations that the city was […]

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‘Alt-right’ co-opting First Amendment in spreading their message

As the neo-Nazis a.k.a. alt-right use the internet to recruit young people and spread their doctrine, it falls to private enterprise to decide on what’s acceptable, a disturbing challenge to the vitality of free speech online. Is censorship of neo-Nazi speech online essential to curbing violence or is it generating sympathy for their cause and […]

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Justice Department joins fight against free speech zones

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended free speech on college campuses and said the Justice Department would join legal battles around the country to stop the use of campus “free speech zones.” “Freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack,” said Sessions in a speech at Georgetown. “The American university was once […]

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Federal appeals court finds First Amendment not served by Illinois full-slate ballot requirement

The 7th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Illinois full-slate requirement for elections was a violation of the First Amendment right to free association. The law required parties receiving less than five percent of the vote in the most recent election to field a full slate of candidates to allow the party name to […]

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