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Twitter Transparency and Occupy Independence Day

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Doomsday prophecies sell well; it’s why so many believe that the Mayan calendar ending on December 21, 2012 must mean that the world is ending then. The truth, however, is that the end of the Mayan calendar simply signals the end of one epoch and the beginning of another. And guess what, this dawning of a new age may be happening in cyberspace as well – and not always in a good way. Take for example Twitter’s recent revelation that the government requested  personally identifiable information on people who sent anonymous tweets relating to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Twitter and Occupy Wall Street Subpoenas The Occupy Movement was this generations “Vietnam War Protest” — if not in ideology, in enthusiasm and style. While mainstream media outlets were slow to react and report on the story, the Occupy Movement in ...
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Freedom Of Speech: What Is It And What Are The Limits?

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Internet law attorney, Aaron Kelly, answers questions about free speech, its limits and the Internet. What do speech, press, religion and petition freedoms afford us? It’s a big question, but in short, the freedoms to speech, press, religion and petition guarantee that each citizen can express themselves safely and openly. It means we can speak up when we disagree with authorities; it means we can practice a religion of our own choosing without fear of persecution; it means that our media is able to report on government mistakes; it means we can gather, and en masse, let our collective voice be heard about things we’re unhappy about. Are There Limits To Freedom Of Speech? There are limits to freedom of speech, and those limits boil down to public safety and honesty. The classic example of unprotected speech is screaming fire ...
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