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The First Amendment protects five core freedoms that are under attack every day — from the left, the right, and everywhere in between. First Five strives to foster interest in First Amendment news and provide a platform for discussion among enthusiasts and activists.

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First Five provides your weekly dose of First Amendment news. This quick read summarizes major news, law, scholarship, technology and other commentary as it relates to First Amendment topics.

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News & Commentary

Enjoy regular commentary on First Amendment issues from Gene Policinski and Lata Nott and periodic contributions by other experts at the Institute.

Google v. Oracle: Tech battle ultimately about free speech

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Current Supreme Court case between Google and Oracle could limit our ability to communicate with each other, dampening the web’s potential for increasing public engagement in debate and decision on matters that affect us all.
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Lifting Every Voice in Religious Freedom

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It is important to explore religious freedom through the lens of African American perspectives because we must lift every voice that has been impacted by religious discrimination and bigotry.
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First Five Newsletter: February 6, 2020

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False information about Iowa’s voter rolls, fight to weaken internet platform shields, “First Amendment cynicism” and more.
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Focus on when the First Amendment protects – and doesn’t

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Online platforms and social media sites are free to set their own practices and rules on what we do see or post, but a proposed Arizona House bill ” related to access to online content” could change that.
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First Five Newsletter: January 30, 2020

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Impact of media reports on the death of Kobe Bryant, misinformation on coronavirus, new law on punishing “pirate” radio stations and more.
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‘Getting It Right’ — on Kobe Bryant and Everything Else

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“Getting it right” is one reliable defense for a free press in today’s media world against critics who often base objections and critiques more on political differences than factual error.
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First Five Newsletter: January 23, 2020

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Proposed rules and guidance to religion and public schools, arguments that could dramatically alter the line separating church and state and more.
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First Five Newsletter: January 16, 2020

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First Amendment-ish issues, posts of off the record interviews with political candidates, social media policies on political speech and more.
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The First Amendment prevents the government from censoring or punishing your speech, but it doesn’t apply to private organizations.
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