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Intellectually Our Duty For the Freedom To Read

Professor of Media Law at the University of Florida, Clay Calvert, was a former professor of mine at Penn State University.  I had the privilege to be a part of his Media Law class during my time in Happy Valley (a pseudo-name for the campus).   312 more words

Pushing It Forward

Mind medication: rise of the smart drug

Right now, the perpetual rush of society rattles onward, driven in many spaces by a bleary-eyed workforce propped up on an assortment of stimulants. It’s always 8am somewhere, and with the advent of the always-on era, humans are becoming increasingly adept at finding ways to improve our mental cognition. 402 more words

Politics

Censorship should be Banned

I don’t know particularly what made me start thinking about censorship, probably something I read during my research for this site. Personally I think censoring books and ideas is bollocks, but then again as an avid reader I personally would hate to see the books that I love be locked away. 480 more words

Censorship

First-ever Tor node in a Canadian library | Boing Boing #privacy #libraries #intellectualfreedom #rights #censorship #anonymity #Internet #Canada

Library workers at Western University’s Graduate Resource Centre in London, Ontario, had a workshop from Alison Macrina, the library organiser whose Library Freedom Project won a battle with the US DHS over a library in New Hampshire that was offering a Tor exit node as part of a global network that delivers privacy, censorship resistance, and anonymity to all comers. 56 more words

Technology

Librarians: Defenders of the Free Word!

To many people, the library is a place one can go to borrow books and movies, get research help, learn something new, or get some much-needed quiet time. 1,134 more words

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

For many of us, compiling a list of our favorite children’s books wouldn’t be complete without one or two titles from Dr. Seuss.  While he is arguably the most well-loved children’s author of the past century, you may not know that he spent two years during World War II as an editorial cartoonist. 42 more words

**Resources & Lists

Freedom to Read Week

In addition to being Fair Dealing Week, this week is also Freedom to Read Week in Canada.  Freedom to Read Week is organized every year by the… 123 more words

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