Slate: Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It?. “I no longer think that tolerance of disruptive speech is invariably the best answer, although, even now, I believe it’s typically the best first response. I also think the too-much-free-speech folks are being shortsighted themselves, because we’ve entered an era in which we need more disintermediated free speakers and free speech, not less.”
The Irish Times: Yes Equality campaign photographs donated to National Library . “More than 6,000 photographs of the Yes Equality campaign have been added to the National Library of Ireland’s digital archive, almost five years after the referendum that cleared the way for same-sex marriages to take place.”
New York Times: Widespread Outcry in China Over Death of Coronavirus Doctor. “They posted videos of the Les Misérables song, ‘Do You Hear the People Sing.’ They invoked article No. 35 of China’s Constitution, which stipulates freedom of speech. They tweeted a phrase from ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ The Chinese public have staged what amounts to an online revolt after the death of a doctor, Li Wenliang, who tried to warn of a mysterious virus that has since killed hundreds of people in China, infected tens of thousands and forced the government to corral many of the country’s 1.4 billion people.”
Library of Congress: Crowdsourcing Project Launches Campaign to Transcribe Rosa Parks’ Papers and Reveal the Woman Behind the Legend. “By the People, the Library of Congress’ crowdsourced transcription project powered by volunteers across the country is launching a campaign to transcribe Rosa Parks’ personal papers to make them more searchable and accessible online, including many items featured in the exhibition, ‘Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,’ starting [February 4], the 107th anniversary of her birth.”
BBC: Censorship claims emerge as TikTok gets political in India. “Ajay Barman, 22, is a fading TikTok star in India. Not because he is past his prime, but because – he alleges – he’s been ‘shadow banned’ for uploading videos on Hindu-Muslim brotherhood on the popular video creation and sharing platform.”
Techdirt: Puerto Rico’s Justice Department Demanded Info From Facebook About Journalists Who Livestreamed Protests. “While the DOJ and FBI have dealt with some limited repercussions due to their targeting of First Amendment activities (which includes targeting Muslims because they’re Muslims), it really hasn’t promised to stop doing this. Nor has it been told to stop doing this. Instead, the DOJ has simply made it slightly more difficult for investigators to violate people’s rights. The Intercept has done some investigating of its own and discovered the FBI actively engaged in First Amendment violations for years during its partnership with Puerto Rican law enforcement agencies.”
Motherboard: Google Is Trying to Poach Amazon’s Protesting Employees. “A Google recruiter posted on LinkedIn on Monday asking Amazon employees involved in activism at their company to apply to work at Google. This was an odd decision considering Google is in the midst of its own crackdown on labor activism, and that Google also works with oil companies in a manner similar to Amazon.” Apparently this was a mistake on the recruiter’s part.