The beginning of the end of hate speech laws?

A federal law governing hate speech violates Canadians’ charter rights to freedom of expression, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits communication, including via web sites, that is “likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt” if the persons belong to one of…

2024 and the future of book banning

There’s a great article in Slate about Kindle, Amazon’s e-book machine, and the company’s technical ability to remotely delete content on an individual’s machine. The same goes for Iphones, and many of the other technical toys that are becoming part of our lives. Farhad Manjoo writes, “As our media libraries get converted to 1’s and…

Amazonfail

Amazon decided that in order to prevent “adult” titles from showing up on searches, it would remove the sales ranking of “adult” books. In large part, this is simply GLBT titles. According to Amazon, Heather has Two Mommies = adult. American Psycho is not. Books on queer history and Maurice by E. M. Forster (a…