On Thursday, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia returned a superseding indictment charging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17-counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of conspiring to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The full document is below.
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On Tuesday, former intelligence and military officials filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's pre-publication review process, which requires former personnel to submit public writing for review before publication. The complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, is available in full here and below.
Document: Fourth Circuit Says Virginia Politician’s Facebook Page is a ‘Public Forum’ and that First Amendment Prohibits Blocking Constituents
On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in Davidson v. Randall that a Virginia county official who blocked a constituent's access to the official’s Facebook page had violated the First Amendment. The court held that the official’s Facebook account amounted to a “public forum” and that blocking constituent access based on political viewpoints is unconstitutional. The full ruling is below.
Contrary to what President Trump might think, he lacks any authority to censor the unclassified communications of former federal employees.
The administration’s threats stand to chill not only the speech of direct targets but also that of civil servants and employees of contractors who hold clearances.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), on behalf of two human rights organizations, the Internet Archive, and two individual plaintiffs.
U.N. Special Rapporteur’s Latest Report on Online Content Regulation Calls for 'Human Rights by Default'
A U.N. special rapporteur has released the body’s first-ever report on the regulation of user-generated content online.
Document: Trump's Blocking of Critics on Twitter is Unconstitutional, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Rules
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a declaratory judgment holding that President Trump's blocking of his critics on Twitter violates the First Amendment. The ruling is included in full below.
Despite what Ted Cruz suggested to Mark Zuckerberg during last week’s Facebook hearings, there is no requirement that a platform remain neutral in order to maintain Section 230 immunity.
Testifying before Congress this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed a great faith in the ability of artificial intelligence to moderate hate speech. His optimism is unwarranted.