Monthly Archives: December 2008

Nevermind, bring on the cinema-style ratings!

Because if we can be G-rated, then why can’t the rest of you? Words that might get us in trouble, though: dangerous (2x) sex (1x) For a good roundup of the UK ratings story, click here.

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UK push for Internet ratings, “cinema-style”

The UK culture secretary Andy Burnham has recently spoken out about making the internet safer by adopting a rating system similar to the movie ratings. His take on the web: “quite a dangerous place.” According to the Telegraph: His plans … Continue reading

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Prior Review- A Student Press Nightmare

At Faribault High School in Faribault, MN, students have refused to allow their superintendent to review a particular article before going to print. The Student Press Law Center reported that the students, citing their 1st Amendment rights, told the Superintendent: … Continue reading

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Antievolution bills die in committee, Texas science standards change

Two antievolution bills in Michigan died in committee on December 19th. The Michigan bills were modeled after the Louisiana Science Education Act which passed in June 2008. According to the National Center for Science Education: If enacted, the [Michigan] bills … Continue reading

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Breast-feeding photos censored on Facebook

Mothers International Lactation Campaign (MILC) protested in front of Facebook headquarters after photos of mothers breastfeeding their children were removed from Facebook. Facebook said the images violated the terms of agreement (see also: Lori Drew). Heather Farley, a protest organizer, … Continue reading

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Resource: Wikileaks

Wikileaks (not affiliated with Wikipedia) is an impressive project to collect leaked documents relating to government and corporate corruption. According to the website: Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. … We believe that … Continue reading

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Brighton Michigan’s decision to punish “annoying” behavior

The new ordinance lets police ticket and fine ($100!) those who “repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose.” Seriously. Snark award goes to hotair.com: Michigan finds itself in such financial distress … Continue reading

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Schools to monitor online activities of students

There’s a push nationwide to monitor and punish students’ online behavior. According to the Des Moines Register, West Burlington is believed to be the first Iowa school district to consider including cyberspace as part of its student conduct policy, which … Continue reading

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The reason for the season: year end analyses

FIRE analyzes two big online speech cases in colleges. Looking at the MSU student found guilty of spamming for sending out emails to professors, and the blocking of JuicyCampus at TSU, the article looks at the legal and social implications … Continue reading

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Student Press Goes to Washington

With what promises to be the most crowded inauguration in US history, SPLC has issued an advisory to student journalists planning on covering the event: The Student Press Law Center is advising college journalists who plan to cover events surrounding … Continue reading

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