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Regular commentary from the Freedom Forum Institute on First Amendment issues is now distributed under the “First Five” banner — which also includes a podcast and a weekly newsletter.

Google v. Oracle: Tech battle ultimately about free speech

First Five 2.20 Feature v2

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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Chips Watch: The Latest Alumni News

Chips Watch features the latest CQS alumni news.
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‘More Speech, Not Enforced Silence’

D.Hudson Counter Speech Feature

At times, it is most tempting to censor speech or to call for the censorship of speech we don’t like, but before engaging in those impulses, we should consider Justice Brandeis’s time-honored message of “more speech, not enforced silence.”
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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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Chipsters in the World: Phoenix

Emma Carew Grovum (2009), left, and Tracie Hunte (2002)

Check out the latest photo in our Where in the World Are Our Chipsters series.
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Power Shift Summit 2020 Report

Power Shift Summit 2020

The summit convened more than 100 leaders across journalism and the media industry to explore the critical role that individuals can play in fighting harassment and discrimination.
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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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