Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman called for a “recalibration” of free speech while speaking on a panel during the opening day of the World Economic Forum, Monday. Inman discussed the prospect of re-envisaging what freedom of speech means, while speaking on a May 23rd panel for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos focused on “Ushering in a Safer Digital Future.” Inman, who also served as the Director of Public Policy for Twitter in Australia and South East Asia, explained how “we’re going to have to think about a recalibration of a whole range of human rights”: “We
Chinese Communist Party-linked companies and investment funds are listed amongst the financiers of Elon Musk’s bid to purchase Twitter, a new Securities and Exchange Commission document reveals. The revelation comes from a May 4th amendment filed by Musk which shows over one dozen equity investors – either people or companies funding his purchase in exchange for a share of ownership – in Twitter. “Each Equity Investor listed in the following table has committed to contribute to Parent […] cash in the amount set forth opposite such Equity Investor’s name in the following table in order to fund a portion of
A top legal advisor to President Joe Biden argued that the Chinese Communist Party’s approach to internet censorship was “largely correct,” insisting that the U.S. “government must play a large role” in the “monitoring and speech control” on Big Tech platforms. Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith, tapped for the president’s exploratory commission on reforming the U.S. Supreme Court, argued in an August 2020 Atlantic op-ed that “in the debate over freedom versus control of the global network, China was largely correct, and the U.S. was wrong.” Throughout the piece, Goldsmith calls for the U.S. government to play a more active
A 71-year-old Christian pastor and grandfather was arrested in London on the charge of making “homophobic comments” for preaching on what the Bible says about marriage. John Sherwood, pastor of 35 years at an independent evangelical church in north London, was arrested after police officers were told he was “making homophobic comments outside Uxbridge Station in west London.” He was preaching outside the Uxbridge Tube station. Sherwood said he was bruised by officers who pulled him down from the “mini-stepladder” he was standing on and “cuffed his hands behind his back.” The arrest was made for Sherwood’s “allegedly homophobic comments”
“All we ask for is a bit of respect,” said Adil Shahzad, imam of the Al-Hikam Institute in Bradford. It sounds incredibly reasonable, until the follow-up. “If one teacher can [show cartoons of Muhammed], another teacher can do it five years down the line, and we do not want this to be the case. Otherwise we are not responsible for the actions of some individuals.” The haunting, scarcely veiled threat came days after mounting protests over a teacher sharing a cartoon of Muhammad at a school in Bradford in the North of England. The city features prominently in National Pulse
A Florida environmental group canceled a community service event after its student sponsor penned a conservative op-ed in defense of freedom of speech. The group, CREW Land and Water Trust, sent an email to a student at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) informing of a “notice of cancellation” for a scheduled community service event. The email was written by the group’s Education Coordinator Julie Motkowicz to Karoline Tyrrel, a student senator at FGCU. “Karoline – your recent article regarding your experiences in student government does not uphold these values and instead provokes divisiveness,” Motkowicz writes after insisting on the
The American Civil Liberties Union or “ACLU” is set to officially abandon its First Amendment/free speech focus and join the ever-growing industry of “racial justice,” according to their organization’s latest announcement. On Monday, the 101-year-old organization declared: “President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made a lot of promises and commitments around racial justice, challenging systemic racial inequality. And now it’s time for the ACLU to be a part of the effort to hold them accountable for those promises.” The organization – headquartered in New York – has around 1.8 million members and a budget of around $310million per year.