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The global gag on free speech is tightening

The global gag on free speech is tightening

ON JUNE 22ND there was an alleged coup attempt in Ethiopia. The army chief of staff was murdered, as was the president of Amhara, one of the country’s nine regions. Ordinary Ethiopians were desperate to find out what was going on. And then the government shut down the internet. By midnight some 98% of Ethiopia…
Twitter’s Speech Policies Shouldn’t Be a Campaign Issue

Twitter’s Speech Policies Shouldn’t Be a Campaign Issue

Senator Kamala Harris has a message for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: It’s past time to eject President Trump, America’s Tweeter in Chief, from the platform. On Tuesday, the presidential hopeful penned a letter to Dorsey pointing to several recent Trump tweets, including the now-infamous “Civil War” tweet and several targeting the whistle-blower and House Intelligence…
In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy

In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy

Trump tempest — "I will do everything I can to support you and support your critical mission." Matt Lanza - Sep 10, 2019 3:37 pm UTC Enlarge / President Donald Trump has continued to insist Alabama was threatened by Hurricane Dorian.Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesA soft-spoken, contrite, and at times emotional Neil Jacobs, acting head of the…
Human speech may have a universal transmission rate: 39 bits per second

Human speech may have a universal transmission rate: 39 bits per second

A new study of 17 languages—including Vietnamese—suggests humans have a set rate of information transfer in speech. M2020/shutterstock.com By Catherine MatacicSep. 4, 2019 , 3:35 PM Italians are some of the fastest speakers on the planet, chattering at up to nine syllables per second. Many Germans, on the other hand, are slow enunciators, delivering five to…
Twitter updates hate speech rules to include dehumanizing speech around religion

Twitter updates hate speech rules to include dehumanizing speech around religion

Against a backdrop of rising violence against religious minorities around the world, Twitter today said that it would update its hateful conduct rules to include dehumanizing speech against religious groups. “After months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others…
Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

“We exist in a society where people value and cherish free expression, and the ability to say things including satire,” Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday.Ian WagreichIt wasn’t long after Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival Wednesday that he was heckled by the audience. Facebook’s CEO was talking to Cass Sunstein, the Harvard…

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Whitehats use DoS attack to score key victory against ransomware crooks

RANSOMWARE SAGA CONTINUES — Victory is anything but decisive, as crooks live to fight another day. Dan Goodin - Jul 10, 2019 10:20 pm UTC Enlarge / A diagram showing how a DoS shut down an ongoing ransomware campaign.Whitehats used a novel denial-of-service hack to score a key victory against ransomware criminals. Unfortunately, the blackhats…

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