Oct
17
2008

Free Speech in Any Medium

Civil liberties advocate Leslie Harris Huffington Post confesses (10/9/08) that "sometimes I just want to grab our government leaders by their collective collar and yell: 'What part of "free" in "free speech" don't you understand?!'" Instead she settles for the next best thing and suggests some guidelines for the next U.S. president on "the issue of digital communication being afforded the same First Amendment protection as traditional print media":

â┚¬Ã‚¢ Affirm that the Internet is subject to the highest level of constitutional protection for free speech, and send a clear message that he will veto any legislation that aims to undermine that standard….

â┚¬Ã‚¢ Defend technological innovation by ensuring that online service and application providers retain their immunity from responsibility for content posted by others.

â┚¬Ã‚¢ Protect political speech by ensuring that bloggers and other individual speakers aren't burdened by campaign finance regulations intended for much larger entities.

Harris provides a link to her Center for Democracy and Technology's "complete transition guide for next president… online."