The Impact of “Extremist” Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) The Impact of “Extremist” Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content

“Today, EFF is publishing a new white paper, “Caught in the Net: The Impact of ‘Extremist’ Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content.” The paper is a joint effort of EFF, Syrian Archive, and Witness and was written in response to the Christchurch Call to Action. This paper analyzes the impact of platform rules and content moderation practices related to “extremist” speech on human rights defenders.

The key audiences for this paper are governments and companies, particularly those that endorsed the Christchurch Call. As we wrote last month, the Call contains several important ideas, but also advocates for measures that would undoubtedly have a negative impact on freedom of expression online. The paper details several concrete instances in which content moderation has resulted in the removal of content under anti-extremism provisions, including speech advocating for Chechen and Kurdish self-determination; satirical speech about a key Hezbollah figure; and documentation of the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Ukraine. We also hope that our allies will find these examples useful for their ongoing advocacy.

As more governments move to impose regulatory measures that would require the removal of extremist speech or privatize enforcement of existing laws, it’s imperative that they consider the potential for collateral damage that such censorship imposes, and consider more holistic measures to combat extremism.

Caught in the Net: The Impact of Extremist Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content

Christchurch Call to Action

Mall of America attacker Emmanuel Aranda gets 19 years in prison…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) Mall of America attacker Emmanuel Aranda gets 19 years in prison

“Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was sentenced to 19 years in prison on Monday for throwing five-year-old Landen Hoffmann off of a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota in April. Aranda showed little emotion at his sentencing in Minneapolis. He pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack. Authorities say Aranda told investigators he went to the mall ‘looking for someone to kill’ and he threw little Landen off a 40-foot-high balcony at the shopping center.”

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Vox’s Carlos Maza v Steven Crowder – Adpocalypse 3.0 & YouTube’s New Crackdown…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) Vox’s Carlos Maza v Steven Crowder – Adpocalypse 3.0 & YouTube’s New Crackdown

Does anyone else remember when YouTube was just a really awesome website you could go to, in order to watch and share neat, interesting videos?

Today, it’s infested with drama, money grubbing “creators” and train wrecks galore…

…I really wish they’d have never started the partner program.

The Knives Come Out: #VoxAdpocalypse…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) The Knives Come Out: #VoxAdpocalypse

“YouTube have decided that they take marching orders from Vox, and so noose shall be tightened and warned nobody in advance. YouTube deleted a bunch of channels and demonetised a dozen more.”

I still think this is primarily YouTube’s own fault, for creating a pay structure which rewarded people for stalking, harassing, abusing and threatening other people…and allowing their own platform to devolve into a lawless atmosphere.

We now have this mass of “creators”, who feel self entitled to money…for setting in front of a camera and saying whatever they want to say…who are now angry, because YouTube is finally doing something [anything at all] to curb the noxious atmosphere it’s allowed to flourish all these years.

Don’t get me wrong…It’s fine when people self elect to engage in a community structure, where this type of behavior is understood as the norm by all who participate, and before anyone enters into it…

…I’m talking more about the YouTube sociopaths who pounce on everyone else, who just happens to be on the platform doing their own thing.

Yes…some of the reasoning behind current changes seems wonky and slanted…

…But I’m thoroughly convinced that YouTube was better, before it started paying people money.

What we have now, is this platform [and subsequent platforms that have opened up], where people get into this cycle of vomiting out “content”, and treating it like it’s a job…They’re just chasing after the money, and often aren’t terribly concerned over what they “need” to say and do to get it.

Janice Fiamengo Q&A: Single-Sex Universities…

Date: June 08, 2019

01) Janice Fiamengo Q&A: Single-Sex Universities

“This is the Q&A after Janice Fiamengo’s lecture, “Single-Sex Schools at the Post-Secondary Level: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?” at Ottawa City Hall on September 17, 2016.

Most people support single-sex universities for women, but what about for men? Given feminist insistence that campuses are hotbeds of rape, sexual harassment, and other forms of male violence against women– and given the unpleasant shame-filled environment thus created for male students– why not create male-only universities?

Janice Fiamengo is a professor at the University of Ottawa and writes The Fiamengo File, a series of videos about feminism, free speech, and campus culture.”

Janice Fiamengo Lecture: Single-Sex Universities: