Robert "Cole" Vahey

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China Cracks Down On Internet Music Services

China is turning the keen gaze of its beady censorship eye to the world of online music as part of its latest crackdown on the Internet.<p>The national ministry of culture this week announced that, from January 1, 2016, all online music services must remove sensitive material from their song …

Russia sentences blogger to 5 years in Siberian prison as Internet crackdown intensifies

Russia on Wednesday sentenced a blogger in the city of Tomsk to five years in a Siberian prison for "inciting extremism and hatred" after he …

China says terrorism, fake news impel greater global internet curbs | Reuters

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China’s ambitions to tighten up regulation of the Internet have found a second wind in old fears - terrorism and fake news.<p>People pose for pictures during the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China November 16, 2016. …

China

Kurdish group launches pro-LGBT human rights campaign

The Rasan Organization painted murals with messages in support of LGBT and women’s rights throughout the city of Sulaymaniyah in the semi-autonomous …

404 Page

Explore Opportunity<p>Internet researchers can work as Independent Research Consultants or with individuals or companies to gather, synthesize and …

The List of Countries on the UN's 2017 Human Rights Council Is Unreal

Death sentences for apostasy, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial killings, and systematic suppression of free speech are just some of the …

U.S. Executions Fell To A 25-Year Low In 2016 [Infographic]

According to a report from the Death Penalty Information Center, U.S. executions reached their lowest level for 25 years in 2016. 20 inmates were executed last year in just five states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas. 1991 was the last time the country experienced such a low point …

The Founders Anticipated ‘Fake News.’ Here’s What They Did About It.

Following the presidential election, numerous stories surfaced about how “fake news” influenced the results. This prompted a reaction from the media …

Human rights are under threat – just when we need them most | Charles Falconer

If, as Theresa May wants, the UK leaves the European convention on human rights, it will be a green light for despots and a disaster for ordinary people<p>There is one almighty fight coming, and it’ll be about human rights in the UK. Those who want to protect our national and international commitment …

Rights & Freedoms

More African governments blocked the internet to silence dissent in 2016

For years, the internet has had a transformative effect on the economic and financial progress of the African continent. The availability of mobile broadband and fiber optic cable connections encouraged the growth of innovative industries ranging from e-commerce to education, health, insurance and …

Africa

The Dangerous Cowardice of Censorship

<b>BY SAM WHITE</b><p>When you shut down free speech, thereby removing the right and the capability to dissent openly, then the methods of expression left …

Rights & Freedoms

Media Statement

Attention: Editors and Reporters<p>21 October 2014<p>The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is happy and welcomes an agreement that has been …

Rights & Freedoms

The Freedom of Speech at the University of Oregon

Last fall, the University of Oregon’s Federalist Society Chapter invited me to speak about intellectual diversity on the law school campus. I’ve …

Google spies on employees to ensure confidentiality: suit

Google operates an Orwellian and illegal “spying program” to keep employees from leaking company info, a product manager at the search giant claims …

Here's Why You Don't (And Shouldn't) Have "Freedom Of Speech" On A Plane

This seems to be the month where passengers just can’t for the life of them behave on planes. Yesterday we saw someone removed from a Delta flight …

China Shuts Down 290 Websites in Piracy Crackdown

On July 12, China’s State Copyright Administration and four other departments launched “Jian Wang 2016”, a program designed to crack down on …

Russian “Freedom Of Speech”

I was reading a Russian article, today, about Putin’s four-hour self-love fest press conference he put on yesterday.<p>This article was highlighted by a …

Freedom from fear

You may have noticed the Inquirer Briefing last December 3, which mentioned Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, of worship, …

What will 2017 bring?

It seems likely that the coming year will bring unprecedented challenges in our social and political lives — racism and xenophobia, economic …

Rights & Freedoms

The Isis attack on an Istanbul nightclub is the end of freedom of speech in Turkey

Nationalism and authoritarianism don’t seem to mix very well with satire. Donald Trump, preparing vigorously to make America great again, gets very …