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Vol. 12 Spring

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Arab Spring One Year On

Egypt Uprising

Free lesson plans from the Choices program at Brown University explores concepts of revolution, and asks students to assess whether of not events related to Arab Spring meet definitions of revolution.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The EFF provides information on everything digital privacy-related, including blogger rights, Congressional hearings, real-life legal challenges, and educational events around the world.

The Emerging Conflict between Newsworthiness and the Right to Be Forgotten

Insights contributor Jasmine McNealy analyzes Europe’s emerging right to be forgotten in the context of American ideals about free expression, particularly, a free press.

First Amendment Center

Find information related to all five First Amendment freedoms, including information about press shield laws, court access, newsgathering, and censorship. Also find lesson plans, meet experts, and download articles on the “state of the First Amendment.”

Forcing Forgetfulness: Data Privacy, Free Speech, and the 'Right to Be Forgotten'

Essay by Robert Kirk Walker, University of California Hastings College of Law, which explores the “right to be forgotten” within the United States constitution and our current legal framework.

Open Net Initiative

This project, a collaboration between Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and Ottawa’s SecDev Group, studies and documents internet filtering and censorship around the world.

Podcast on Censorship

The ESL Library offers free discussion starters and podcasts, with this one focusing on censorship. Just under 3 minutes, the podcast is designed for the international student and starts a conversation about censorship.

Revolution 2.0

Is social media the future of revolution? Wael Ghonim says yes. The 30-year old Google employee created the Facebook page that sparked revolution in Egypt.

Right to be Forgotten

Legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen argues that the EU’s proposed right to be forgotten is “the biggest threat to free speech on the internet in the coming decade.”

The Right to Inform v. The Right to be Forgotten: A Transatlantic Clash

Article from Franz Werro that explores the right to be forgotten in Switzerland, then within American law.

Small Change: Why the Revolution will Not be Tweeted

This article from The New Yorker, by Malcolm Gladwell, looks at “slacktivism,” the idea that social media is not the future of revolutions, but simply a way for people to passively support causes.

Student Press Law Center

Resources for teachers and student journalists, including lesson plans about student expression, podcasts from experts in the field, and even a “press law primer.”

Teaching About Arab Spring

Assembled by the on Crisis Reporting, this site offers ideas for writing and student research projects related to Arab Spring. There are also links to interactive timelines and other resources that might be useful to teachers.


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