Free Speech and Censorship

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution addresses freedom of speech: "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Although freedom of speech is highly regarded in the United States and many other countries, there are certain limitations that the courts have dealt with: for example, hate speech and obscenity.  Freedom of speech applies to the Internet as well, which brings many more issues and challenges.

Censorship is a way of denying a person's/group's freedom of speech.

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)

Read the following entry on Censorship from Carla List-Handley's Information literacy and technology which addresses some of the Internet issues.

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