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Children of the internet: Free speech in the digital age

Children of the internet: Free speech in the digital age

There is a generation growing up today with unprecedented knowledge and power at their immediate and constant disposal, and they are politically and socially empowered in ways that are not yet clearly understood, writes Nishith Hegde

“If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent, the TPP has you in its crosshairs”

“If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent, the TPP has you in its crosshairs”

With secret trade negotiations reportedly at a critical stage, campaigners have mounted a global plan to draw the attention to the role that internet providers would play in preventing the free flow of information. Alastair Sloan reports

United States: Free expression constrained by cultural and political factors

United States: Free expression constrained by cultural and political factors

Freedom of expression is generally protected in the US, but political, legal, economic and cultural factors continue to constrain this fundamental right.

Fine words on open government don’t match actions

Fine words on open government don’t match actions

From America to Azerbaijan, leaders have pledged themselves to a new era of openness and transparency. So why are whistleblowers and journalists still punished, asks Mike Harris

Ecuador’s new media regulations stoke controversy

Ecuador’s new media regulations stoke controversy

Proposed laws will not calm President Correa's stormy relationship with the press, says Padraig Reidy

Manning Wikileaks trial begins today

Manning Wikileaks trial begins today

The trial of Bradley Manning, the US Army private who leaked thousands of documents to Wikileaks, is set to begin today at the Fort Meade military base, Maryland.

Getting copyright right

Getting copyright right

"Digital" means copying. Attempts to defend copyright the old-fashioned way could have unforeseen consequences for the web, says Joe McNamee This article was originally published on Open Democracy, as a part of a week-long series on the future digital freedom guest-edited by Index

Obama’s free speech record

Obama’s free speech record

As Barack Obama gets ready to rally his troops at the Democratic National Convention, Mark Rumold says his administration has cast free speech aside in its pursuit of file sharers and whistleblowers

Julian Assange granted political asylum in Ecuador

Julian Assange granted political asylum in Ecuador

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador. The Australian national, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two months after breaching his bail conditions in the UK, is wanted in Sweden, where allegations of sexual assault have been made against him. The

UK Supreme court rejects Julian Assange’s request to re-open extradition appeal

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been denied a request to re-open his appeal against extradition to Sweden. In a statement issued today, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court said that the decision to reject the request made by Dinah Rose, Assange’s lawyer, was “unanimous”. On 30 May, the court decided to allow Assange’s

USA: Bradley Manning moves step closer to full court martial

Bradley Manning, the US solider  accused of the largest intelligence breach in American history, is moving closer to the possibility of spending the rest of his life in military confinement.The presiding officer over Manning’s pre-trial hearing recommended he be sent to a full court martial, following his alleged involvement in the WikiLeaks dump of state

After 18 months, accused leaker gets a day in court

After 18 months, accused leaker gets a day in court

In its punitive treatment of accused leaker Bradley Manning, the US government has missed an opportunity to live up to its values of freedom, says Heather Brooke 

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