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Court to rehear online student speech cases in PA

The 3rd Circuit has agreed to rehear two seemingly contradictory online student speech cases decided in February (see here for more about the cases). It has vacated the previous opinions and all members of the court will hear arguments in … Continue reading

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Court contradicts itself on student speech

On Thursday the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued two seemingly contradictory opinions involving student speech. Both cases involved students who had created fake online profiles parodying the principals at their respective schools. Both students were punished by school officials … Continue reading

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Sexting Roundup: The Anxiety Surrounding Teens Sharing Naked Pictures of Themselves Continues to Make News

Ohio lawmaker wants to make sexting a misdemeanor Last week, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio State Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) plans to introduce a bill in the Ohio state legislature which would make the creation, exchange, and possession of … Continue reading

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When judicial corruption leads to severe punishment of free speech

Two judges in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty last week to taking $2.6 million in exchange for sentencing juveniles to time in privately run detention centers. 5,000 juveniles have been sentenced since this kickback scheme started; many of them were first-time offenders. … Continue reading

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When teachers are criticized, principals mocked, is it “cyberbullying”?

The bulk of the cyber-bullying cases that have filled the courts have been cases of students punished for online speech with unpleasant content about teachers or administrators. On Monday, we looked at students using the internet to “bully” other students, … Continue reading

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The First Amendment and the Internet

Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center sheds some light on the topic of internet censorship in a recent article in the North Country Gazette. He argues that, while the first amendment does not apply to private companies, privately owned … Continue reading

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Who’s censoring Facebook: The powers that be or the forces of the mob?

Recently, there have been reports that content involving the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is mysteriously disappearing from Facebook. The Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF) has complained that “many threads in various pro-Israel and pro-JIDF groups have mysteriously disappeared,” while others have … Continue reading

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