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Groups challenge Massachusetts 'harmful to minors' Internet speech law

(07/17/10 7:01am)

A coalition of free speech groups, publishers and booksellers filed suit July 13 against the State of Massachusetts to block enforcement of a law that would fine and/or imprison for up to ten years anyone who operates a Web site or transmits through e-mail, instant message, text message and other forms of online communication nudity or sexually related material deemed harmful to minors. Massachusetts’ attempt to craft such a law is the latest in a long line of efforts by  states and the federal government to punish those who post “harmful” material online.



W. Va. passes reporters' shield bill that includes student journalists

(03/14/11 1:17pm)

Legislators in West Virginia on Saturday unanimously approved a bill to protect journalists' confidential sources -- a bill that now includes student reporters. A floor amendment in the state senate added student journalists at "accredited educational institutions" to the definition of "reporter" in the legislation.



Rhode Island's no-Facebook-in-school ban is redundant and confusing

(06/24/11 10:55am)

Rhode Island’s legislature is poised to put the state atop a list that none should aspire to lead: Most backward in incorporating technology into teaching. In a well-motivated quest to respond to uncivil bullying speech, the Senate gave final passage Thursday to an anti-bullying measure that includes a blanket prohibition on the use of social networking sites on school grounds during school hours. Unless vetoed by Gov.