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When people discuss the issue of "openness" in the digital age, they talk about fostering free speech and protecting privacy and property rights without limiting freedom of expression. There are concerns that the internet filters imposed by governments and corporations might create "walled gardens" where access is extremely controlled and expression is no longer free. This video about the issues tied to keeping the Internet "open" features interviews shot at the 2007 Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio IGF was the second of five annual global events that attract stakeholders from all walks of life who gathered to discuss issues tied to the future of information and communications technologies.
This documentary was produced for Imagining the Internet http://imaginingtheinternet.org , an online resource exposing future possibilities while simultaneously providing a peek back at the past. In it, you will find the words of thousands of people from every corner of the world, from today and from yesterday, making thousands of predictive pronouncements about the future of humankind.
The multimedia section of the site includes short films and dozens of video interviews - all of them about the hopes and fears for the future of networked communications. Imagining the Internet is a project based at Elon University.
When people discuss the issue of "openness" in the digital age, they talk... more
Turlington Plaza is the designated free speech zone on the University of Florida campus. See an examination of the bizarre environment having these rights creates.Turlington Plaza is the designated free speech zone on the University of Florida... more
After banning Buju Banton from playing last year because of his anti-gay stance and music, Brighton Council now says clubs could lose their licence if they play music 'inciting hate against minorities', Is this a welcome step towards inclusiveness or a step too far for free speech?After banning Buju Banton from playing last year because of his anti-gay stance and... more
A 23-year-old former Heathrow Airport worker, who called herself the "lyrical terrorist" and penned chilling poems called 'How To Behead' and 'The Living Martyrs', has been spared jail after becoming the first woman convicted under new terrorism legislation.
In her poem 'How to Behead' she wrote: "It's not as messy or as hard as some may think/ It's all about the flow of the wrist." Another section said: "No doubt that the punk will twitch and scream/ But ignore the donkey's ass/ And continue to slice back and forth/ You'll feel the knife hit the wind and food pipe/ But don't Stop/ Continue with all your might."
Since when did writing poetry become a criminal offence? Bar emo moanings, of course.A 23-year-old former Heathrow Airport worker, who called herself the "lyrical... more
There goes the first amendment... They are slowly taking apart the Constitution piecemeal.
The end of Free Speech in America has arrived at our doorstep. It's a new law called the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and it is worded in a clever way that could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security or any government agency (including the FDA). The law has already passed the House on a traitorous vote of 405 to 6, and it is now being considered in the Senate where a vote is imminent. All over the internet, intelligent people who care about freedom are speaking out against this extremely dangerous law.There goes the first amendment... They are slowly taking apart the Constitution... more
40 demonstrators wearing black hoods crashed a speech by former Attorney General John Ashcroft at Cornell University in November 2007. Ashcroft seemed a bit rattled, but continued his talk anyway. Audience members interrupted to ask him about court rulings and the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The interruptions were limited, and Ashcroft delivered the bulk of his speech without any problems. A tame question and answer session followed.
Produced by Evan Engel at Ithaca College.40 demonstrators wearing black hoods crashed a speech by former Attorney General John... more
Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Oxford Union to voice disapproval of the two controversial speakers invited there to speak: the BNP leader Nick Griffin who heads an organisation that wants to see millions of people deported from the UK because they do not regard them as truly British, and historian David Irving, who is a convicted Holocaust denier.
"Scuffles broke out as anti-fascist groups yelled "Shame on you" at members filing into the union building, and the police shut the gates with the chamber only half full. While a handful of students crushed against the main gate to create a diversion, 30 others scaled the wall and barged past the tight security, occupying the area around the debating table until they were persuaded to leave."
This brings to question freedom of speech. Who is entitled? Who should be allowed to voice their opinions? Is the Oxford Union wrong in inviting these controversial viewpoints? What do you think?Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Oxford Union to voice disapproval of the two... more
The head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has asked Oxford University's debating society to review its decision to invite holocaust denier David Irving to speak at a free speech forum.The head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has asked Oxford... more
Hate Radio: Infesting the Airwaves
A short documentary investigating white supremacist radio host Hal Turner, who formerly broadcast on shortwave radio station WBCQ, and now airs his show on the Internet. This documentary asks questions about the limits of free speech, as we speak to critics of Turner (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, One People's Project); his supporters (the Ku Klux Klan); the free speech radio station that aired his show; and to Hal Turner himself.
Running time: 13 minutes. Originally produced between February and April, 2004 at Ithaca College.
If someone at Current likes this, we could most definitely edit it down to a 5 - 7 minute pod for broadcast.Hate Radio: Infesting the Airwaves A short documentary investigating white... more
Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been... more
When I Came Home is a documentary film about homeless veterans in America: from those who served in Vietnam to those returning from the current war in Iraq. The film looks at the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight to receive their benefits from the Veterans Administration.
Through the story of Herold Noel, a homeless Iraq war veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and living out of his car in Brooklyn, the film reveals a failing system and the veterans struggle to survive after returning from the war. When I Came Home follows Herolds battle with homelessness and PTSD as he tries to get help from the VA, city agencies, and various veterans organizations.
With temperatures dropping in New York, Herold meets fellow vet Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the countrys largest Iraq veteran advocacy organization. What follows is a media blitz that transforms the young, homeless veteran into the leader of a new movement.When I Came Home is a documentary film about homeless veterans in America: from those... more
Deputy Director of the Uranium Medical Research Centre, working with Dr. Asaf Durakovic, Tedd Weyman organized and led field studies in Afghanistan and Iraq to measure and analyse uranium contamination of radiotoxic and chemotoxic heavy metals from battlefield weapons. The use of uranium in non fissile-penetrating weapons and bunker busters are effectively nuclear weapons, Weyman reports. It is known world wide, he says, that DU weapons have long-term implications that, right now corporations and governments are hiding. But Weyman cautions,"If you don't have a moral objection [to using DU on another nation], you might have a pragmatic objection which might be the liabilities that a nation faces for permanently contaminating another nation's environment...Uranium contamination in Iraq will last for millions of years. So the liabilities are very significant when you have every nation that was on the receiving end and every soldier on the sending end is contaminated." Weyman spoke in Rochester, June 26, 2005 at an event hosted by a coalition of Rochester peace groups.Deputy Director of the Uranium Medical Research Centre, working with Dr. Asaf... more
In February 1971, one month after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, an astonishing public inquiry into war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held at a Howard Johnson motel in Detroit. The Vietnam Veterans Against the War organized this event called the Winter Soldier Investigation. More than 125 veterans spoke of atrocities they had witnessed and committed.
Though the event was attended by press and television news crews, almost nothing was reported to the American public. Yet, this unprecedented forum marked a turning point in the anti-war movement. It was a pivotal moment in the lives of young vets from around the country who participated, including the young John Kerry. The Winter Soldier Investigation changed him and his comrades forever. Their courage in testifying, their desire to prevent further atrocities and to regain their own humanity, provide a dramatic intensity that makes seeing Winter Soldier an unforgettable experience.In February 1971, one month after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, an... more
In an unprecedented programming and public affairs initiative, the American Civil Liberties Union and Court TV are joining together to bring critical civil rights issues to a wider audience with The ACLU Freedom Files, a series of ten 30-minute episodes that strips away the sound bites to reveal how civil liberties affect us all, every day. Created by award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald and produced and directed by Jeremy Kagan, The ACLU Freedom Files joins the roster of Court TV issue-related programming under the In Pursuit of Justice umbrella. Combining original on-air specials, public affairs programs, civic partnerships and educational resources, In Pursuit of Justice seeks to engage the public in open discourse on controversial subjects explored by the network.
Focusing on issues including religious freedom, womens rights, gay and lesbian rights and racial profiling, The ACLU Freedom Files features real clients and the attorneys who represent them, along with well-known actors, activists and comedians, including Richard Belzer, Lewis Black, LeVar Burton, Margaret Cho, John Fugelsang, Judy Gold, Warren Hutcherson, Christine Lahti, Wendie Malick, Harry Shearer and Noah Wyle. Utilizing what Greenwald refers to as "moving media," the dynamic series uses interviews, documentary, comedy, drama, music and animation to directly engage and alert viewers to the importance of the issues currently facing the American public.
"Court TV is committed to using its diverse resources to encourage more informed dialogue among those who could change and improve our society," said Henry Schleiff, chairman and CEO of Court TV. "We strive to bring important and cause-related programming to our viewers, and this series is a natural addition to our line-up, as it raises awareness of pressing and controversial issues facing our nation. In Pursuit of Justice is our initiative that nurtures debate on and raises awareness of important judicial and social issues, and The ACLU Freedom Files not only shares that same goal but also brings the issues to life."
The collaboration with Court TV brings The ACLU Freedom Files to an even larger audience nationwide. The ACLU works tirelessly in the courts and in legislatures across America to preserve our civil liberties, but we cannot do it alone, said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. With our series now on Court TV, we can engage communities and foster thoughtful debate on some of the most critical civil rights issues of our day.
Greenwald added, Issues like free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from unreasonable searches are often talked about in abstract terms, but there are very real human faces to these issues and they tend to get lost in the rhetoric. This series is going to tell those stories.
The series premiered on Link TV, the Peabody award-winning satellite television channel dedicated to providing Americans with global perspectives on news, events and culture. The ACLU Freedom Files will also be broadcast on Zilo TV, the college television network that provides programming to more than 5.5 million college students across the countryIn an unprecedented programming and public affairs initiative, the American Civil... more
According to a report recently filed by the Washington Post, the Kremlin has finally begun to crackdown on software piracy ... with a twist. The Russian state agency is targetting political enemies with claims of piracy, including independent news media, political parties, and private advocacy groups. In particular, 'the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, one of the last outposts of critical journalism in Russia, suspended publication of its regional edition in the southern city of Samara on Monday after prosecutors opened a criminal case against its editor, alleging that his publication used unlicensed software.According to a report recently filed by the Washington Post, the Kremlin has finally... more
The former cricketer and leader of the Pakistan Tehrik Insaf Ihas reportedly managed to escape from his house in Lahore on Sunday after he was put under house arrest in the wake of the imposition of a state of emergency by President Pervez Musharraf.The former cricketer and leader of the Pakistan Tehrik Insaf Ihas reportedly managed... more
FSRN supports peace and social justice. It emphasizes decentralized production, and the collective input of Pacifica stations, affiliates and other community media. The FSRN steering committee strives for diversity in ethnicity, gender, class and sexual orientation in the staff and reporting pool. FSRN is administered by Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship (PRAC), a newly incorporated not-for-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation. FSRN is negotiating for union affiliation.FSRN supports peace and social justice. It emphasizes decentralized production, and... more
CHICAGO, Oct. 27 Chief Illiniwek has not yet left the campus.
Months after the University of Illinois decided to retire the mascot officially, banning him from university activities, the image of Chief Illiniwek, a buckskin-clad American Indian, was allowed to return to an event during homecoming celebrations this weekend on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
His likeness appeared on the side of a couple of floats, face-forward, fully framed in feathers.
In the name of free speech and in a reversal of policy, Chancellor Richard Herman lifted a prohibition on the use of the Chief Illiniwek logo on homecoming parade floats just a day before the parade rolled on Friday night.
The university values free speech and free expression, the university said in a statement, and considers homecoming floats, decorations, costumes and related signage all representations of such personal expression. Therefore, Chancellor Herman has directed the Homecoming Committee to strike the existing policy from the homecoming float guidelines.
A few thousand spectators showed up on campus for the parade, and about half of them were sporting some sort of Chief Illiniwek paraphernalia somewhere on their bodies. There were no protesters.
As an official mascot, Chief Illiniwek performed for the last time in February. He was retired under pressure from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and amid heated debate at the university, though the universitys sports teams retained the nickname Illini. A symbol of university and geographic pride to many, Chief Illiniwek came across to others as a racial stereotype from another time.
He was 81 years old.
....CHICAGO, Oct. 27 Chief Illiniwek has not yet left the campus. Months after the... more