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  1. Google Algorithm Tweak Tries to Squash Mug Shot Websites

    But some journalists say this type of tampering with results is against the First Amendment. Journalists React to Regulations, Citing the First Amendment Before Google stepped in with its mighty algorithm, many states had already tried to regulate...

  2. Google Not Responsible for Policing YouTube Content: French Court

    Google recently commissioned a top first amendment rights academic to make their case that they are a media outlet, much like the New York Times, and are therefore protected by freedom of speech law. However, the French judgment takes the onus off...

  3. Google Commissioned Report Aims to Protect Search Engine Free Speech Rights

    From the outset, its purpose is clear: in drawing comparisons to newspapers and other media outlets, scholar Eugene Volokh makes the case against government intervention in search results with a compelling argument to protect the search giant’s...

  4. Search Engines & Opinions: Just How Trustworthy Are Search Results?

    As you can imagine, a search for “second amendment” shows nothing on the yearly death toll; there seems to be an effective lobby against “farm subsidies”; and images for “animal testing” leave nothing to the imagination.

  5. SOPA Explained: Why It’s Bad for the Web & How to #StopSOPA

    One of the changes in the amendment, for example, cut out the proposed ability to cut off a website at the DNS level after a notice of infringement, a clause that detractors said offered no due process for those wrongly accused.

  6. Real Names: Google+, Government & The Identity Ecosystem

    It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation—and their ideas from suppression—at the hand of an intolerant society.

  7. Senator Kohl Hops on the Google Antitrust Gravy Train

    Opinions are protected under the First Amendment, just as Google has the right to accept or deny any advertising. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.head of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, has announced...

  8. Linden Lab Changes How it Communicates With Users -- To What End?

    The accusation has been made (and also in fairness not without merit) that removing the ability to dissent and the attempt to control the freedom of ideas (which yes, yes as a private business they have the right to do, this is not a First...

  9. Homeland Security Wants Internet Kill Switch

    Wired pointed out that despite assurances in a congressional white paper that the "proposal prohibits the government from targeting websites for censorship "based solely on activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States...

  10. Tracking Search Habits: The Mephedrone Ban

    On April 7, an amendment to the act was passed by the U.K.parliament, making mephedrone and other substituted cathinones (stimulants) Class B drugs illegal starting April 16. Drilling down a bit further looking at habits leading for the first three...

  11. NZ Guilt Upon Accusation Act Prompts Blackout Protest

    If you see black avatars on Twitter or blacked out MySpace and Facebook profiles it is not some glitch or virus, but a protest against amendment 92 to the New Zealand Copyright Act of 1994. Perhaps this could be the first true test of the power of...

  12. Adult Films Vivid Asks Google, Yahoo to Protect Kids

    This is not about First Amendment rights, it is about protecting children," according to Mr. Vivid CEO Steven Hirsch, speaking at Yale University, will call on Google and Yahoo to take measures to keep explicit material from children, according to...