Free Speech Debate

On Free Speech #1On Free Speech #1: Deletion and Denialism
Our first monthly podcast features interviews with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (pictured), author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, and FSD team member Casey Selwyn on Aids denialism in South Africa. We also hear from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales on SOPA and PIPA, the World Policy Institute’s Susan Benesch on dangerous speech, professor Yan Xuetong on universal values and former Formula One head Max Mosley on privacy.

On Free Speech #2On Free Speech #2: China, India & the art of “Zuckering”
Our second episode looks at free speech in India, internet censorship in China and Facebook’s attitude towards privacy. We chat with Professor Faisal Devji about author Salman Rushdie’s decision to pull out of the Jaipur Literature Festival following threats of violence and FSD team member Amy Qin about information blackouts in China. We also hear from Facebook’s head of public policy in Europe Lord Richard Allan, author of The Master Switch Tim Wu, and  former director general of the BBC Mark Thompson.

On Free Speech #3On Free Speech #3: The Fine art of activism
Our third episode features interviews with filmmaker Nick Sturdee on the Russian art collective Voina and stand-up comedian Tom Greeves on the UK’s parody laws. We also bring you discussions with Irshad Manji, the author of Allah, Liberty and Love, and Rebecca MacKinnon, the author of Consent of the Networked. We finish off with an exploration of whether hunger strikes are a legitimate form of free expression.

On Free Speech #4On Free Speech #4: The power of the web
The fourth episode looks at the ethics of hacktivism, crowdsourcing in war zones and the right of Christians in the UK to wear the cross at work. I speak with Lauren Wolfe about her new project Women Under Siege and  Jillian York, director of international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We also feature clips from former head of Al Jazeera Wadah Khanfar on how the Arab Spring transformed journalism and highlights from our ACTA event in London. 

On Free Speech #5On Free Speech #5: Sports special 
In the final episode of On Free Speech, we interview World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on what happens when government and business get cozy online, The Facebook Effect author David Kirkpatrick on whether the company will make it into China, sports historian Martin Polley on branding the Olympics, and Danny Lynch from Kick it Out, a campaign against racism and homophobia in football.

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The following audio selections aired on NPR affiliate KBIA and Discovery News Tech.

Moving across the country for a new job often involves finding a home, setting up shop and getting acclimated to an unfamiliar community. But for a new local imam, the trip from Daytona Beach to Central Missouri involved much more. KBIA: March 2008 (4mins 41secs)

In this final installment of a four-part series on shoplifting, I take you inside the minds of several former and still active shoplifters to learn what fuels their desire to steal. KBIA: May 2008 (6mins 46secs)

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Columbia, Missouri is home to one of the Cave State’s crown jewels: the Devil’s Icebox. Around 200 brave souls climb into canoes, dodge bats, crawl through tight passages, and wade in frigid chest-deep water each year to experience the cave’s natural beauty. Here I follow tour guide Kathy Christensen on a 10-hour voyage into the heart of Devil’s Icebox. KBIA: October 2009 (4mins 30secs)

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize as President of the United States, but several Republican representatives in Missouri still questioned whether he was even eligible to become president in the first place. KBIA: October 2009 (4mins 31secs)

Republican State Representative Cynthia Davis earned national coverage for her controversial remarks about Missouri’s Summer Food Service Program, a program designed to subsidize school lunches for low-income children. She’s also known for her role in a lawsuit that questioned President Obama’s citizenship. Here I speak to Davis about family, faith and politics. KBIA: October 2009 (3mins 46secs)

Crowdsourcing—the act of outsourcing microtasks to anonymous Internet users—is revitalizing some of the world’s most impoverished communities. Discovery News Tech: January 2010 (5mins 39secs)

Tweeting in church. Facebooking in class. Texting in a public restroom. All of these activities are possible with a SmartPhone, but are they socially appropriate? What are the rules of SmartPhone etiquette? Discovery News Tech: January 2010 (6mins) 

Jillian C. York: The director of international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation talks about the ethics and motivations of hacktivism.

Lauren Wolfe: Women Under Siege’s director discusses how her project uses Ushahidi technology to crowdsource instances of rape and sexual violence in war zones (starting at 2mins 54secs).

Amelia Andersdotter: The Swedish Pirate Party’s outspoken MEP explains why the European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and discusses WCIT, the internet’s next four-letter foe.

Ahmed Mansoor: One of the United Arab Emirate’s most prominent human rights activists discusses the death threats, defamation campaigns and physical attacks he continues to face for speaking his mind.

Kevin Bankston: The Center for Democracy and Technology’s director of free expression says punishing internet intermediaries for their content will have a chilling effect on free speech.

Nick Sturdee: The freelance filmmaker and journalist discusses his documentary on Voina, a radical Russian art collective whose members include the women behind Pussy Riot (starting at 3mins 50secs).

Katalin Barsony: Romedia Foundation’s executive director discusses how her organisation empowers Romani activists and challenges stereotypes through new media.

Aleph Molinari: Fundación Proacceso’s founder discusses why his Mexico-based organisation promotes information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) and why the Internet should be considered a basic right.

Eli Dourado: The co-founder discusses how anonymous uploads to his website are shedding light on the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications.

Amy O’Donnell: Frontline SMS’ radio project manager explains how she’s using text messages to help African radio stations engage their listeners on important political issues.

Moeed Ahmad: Al Jazeera’s head of new media discusses how user-generated content uploaded to the network’s portal Sharek shaped the Arab uprising.

Nqobile Sibisi: Highway Africa’s Future Journalists Programme’s coordinator discusses some of the free speech obstacles media outlets in Africa face.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger: The author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age discusses what dangers underly a perfect digital memory (starting at 6mins 45secs).