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More than half the world now faces a freedom of expression crisis.

“At no point in the last 20 years have so many people been denied the benefits of open societies,” says our executive director, Quinn MCKew

Read more in The guardian's feature of our #GXR2024 report:
theguardian.com/global-develop

Palestine. Where someone who might be against hate speech prohibitions suddenly decides they like them when it comes to opposing Israel.

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defendonlineprivacy.com/ca/act You really should take the time to oppose the "" bill which for some inexplicable reason has a lot of support in the Assembly.

There are implications, there are security implications, it impedes speech, and might make some sites inaccessible entirely (). It also violates the .

It appears that modifying a video to make it appear that he committed a crime was defamatory.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/26/idaho-drag-performer-defamation-case-far-right-blogger "A jury has awarded more than $1.1m ...
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"Carlos Edmilson da Silva had already served three years in prison for a crime he had not committed when he was arrested in the Brazilian city of Barueri and accused of a string of horrific rapes.

His face was plastered across newspapers and TV reports, where he was dubbed the “maniac of Castello Branco”, after the highway where 12 women had been raped over two years.

At the age of 24, he was convicted in the first of the 12 cases. By the end of the trials, he had been sentenced to a total of 170 years in jail, where he spent 12 years – before DNA tests revealed that another man had been responsible for the crimes."

"Da Silva’s convictions were all based on photo recognition, in which victims were shown his mugshot and asked whether they believed he was the perpetrator."

"But the rapist’s “characteristics” were just that he was a “medium-height Black man”, said Rahal."

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Cool to see growing attention to the proposed Californian "age verification" bill.
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https://www.defendonlineprivacy.com/ca/action.php You really should take the time to oppose the #California "#AgeVerification" bill which for some ...

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Out of fear of misguided / takes, I refer to my new porn science post (actually a repost of it) where I'm not fond of censorship or "age verification".

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"A jury has awarded more than $1.1m to an drag performer who accused a far-right blogger of defaming him when she falsely claimed that he exposed himself to a crowd, including children, during a Pride event in June 2022."

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ORG will be promoting digital rights during the UK #GeneralElection 🗳️

We'll be urging all candidates to support privacy and freedom of expression, as well as providing tools for supporters.

If you can, please donate so we can spread the message ⬇️

#ukpolitics #digitalrights

action.openrightsgroup.org/mak

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If we really want to know how the U.S. Government twists arms on speech though, it might also be useful to get an idea of what they say to financia...

If we really want to know how the U.S. Government twists arms on speech though, it might also be useful to get an idea of what they say to financial service providers.

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FIRE came up with a model bill (a proposal) which compels the U.S. Government to be more transparent about the content moderation requests which they make. What do you think?

defendonlineprivacy.com/ca/act You really should take the time to oppose the "" bill which for some inexplicable reason has a lot of support in the Assembly.

There are implications, there are security implications, it impedes speech, and might make some sites inaccessible entirely (). It also violates the .

While the White House might like to talk a big game about tackling AI misuse (i.e. making it look like something sexual of someone without their consent), I hope they're putting as much energy into protecting the freedom of expression[1][2].

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2 qoto.org/@olives/1124026481862

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The U.K. has a QAnon problem and and I'm sure you all already know this.

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"Arcane laws banning people from wearing masks in public are now being used to target people who wear face coverings while peacefully protesting Israel’s war in Gaza."
What if you are sick? Can you wear a mask then? What if you are concerned about getting infected?

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knightcolumbia.org/blog/knight
"The Knight Institute, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and other press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights organizations today sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland to express concern about the ongoing extradition proceedings relating to WikiLeaks founder Julian ."

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"The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University today published newly obtained documents from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) indicating that the controversial policy of requiring visa applicants to register their social media handles with the State Department—a policy adopted by the Trump administration but continued by the Biden administration—has been useless from a security standpoint."

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"A Superior Court recently rejected an attempt to dispose of a lawsuit challenging San Mateo County’s policy of destroying and digitizing physical mail sent to people incarcerated in its jails."

"Since 2021, San Mateo County has prohibited friends, family, and other community members from sending physical mail to individuals incarcerated in its jails. Under the policy, all non-legal mail—including letters, pictures, birthday cards, and children’s drawings—must be sent to Smart Communications, a private surveillance company that scans copies of the correspondence, destroys the originals, and retains the digitized versions for at least seven years."

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