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The "New Normal"

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 12:29pm
This day marks a somber occasion for us. We celebrate the Bill of Rights as part of Constitution Day. At the same time, we mourn the loss of freedoms that define us as Americans.

Free Speech and Net Neutrality: Separating Fact from Fiction

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 2:27pm
The debate surrounding net neutrality raises several free speech questions. Is net neutrality really the "First Amendment of the Internet," as some of its supporters maintain? Are internet service providers (ISPs) right when they argue that any regulation…

Free Speech and "Cyber-bullying"

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 10:29am
In an earlier entry, I discussed some of the legislative challenges we faced in a series of online censorship bills introduced in Congress in 2007. So-called "cyber-bullying" is the most recent threat to online speech to come into the public vernacular.…

The Year in First Amendment Rights: Media Consolidation and Free Speech

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 11:38am
Direct censorship of broadcast media has been fueled by a more indirect but increasing threat to the marketplace of ideas on the public airwaves: media consolidation. Currently, a handful of large multinational corporations including Time Warner,…

The Year in First Amendment Rights: Television Censorship

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 1:59pm
Censorship has not been limited to the Internet. The continuing fallout from Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl has spurred the FCC and some members of Congress to push for increased fines for "indecency." Targeted television…

The Year in First Amendment Rights: National Security

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 10:33am
Internet censorship also was spurred on under the false illusion of making us safer from terrorists. H.R. 1955, a bill creating a seemingly innocuous commission to study so-called "homegrown terrorism," contained several troubling provisions. Instead…

The Year in First Amendment Rights: Internet Censorship

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 10:29am
In addition to net neutrality, the Internet faced threats in other areas too. We saw a number of bills sail through the House and the Senate that would increase censorship on the web under the guise of protecting our children. H.R. 3791, the "Securing…

The Year in First Amendment Rights: Net Neutrality

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 10:43am
We made substantial progress on restoring net neutrality principles to protect freedom and innovation on the Internet. At the end of 2006, under the strong bipartisan leadership of Senators Olympia Snowe and Byron Dorgan, we turned the tide on big…

The Year in First Amendment Rights: Victories

By James Tucker, Washington Legislative Office at 12:07pm
As 2007 and another session of Congress ends, it's appropriate to reflect on some of the legislation that affected the First Amendment this year. With the support of our coalition partners and allies on the Hill, we won many victories. But we also…
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