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  1. Aaron Swartz and the Assault on Open Information
    Malicious Government Prosecution

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    The great corporate-supported push to hide essential, publicly funded information behind private firewalls and government secrecy, represents a breathtaking breach of the basic tenets of democracy.
  2. The Academic Boycott Debate
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2006
    An excellent summary and commentary on a debate at Ryerson University about whether Israel should be subjected to an academic boycott because of its human rights violations.
  3. Academics, Students, Community Members Slam Carleton U Attempt to Stifle Class Discussions and Academic Freedom
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Coalition of academics, students and community members rejects Carleton University administration attempt to stifle discussion of issues related to Israel, Palestine and the Middle East.
  4. Acadia University
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  5. Author warns coalition of MPs (CPCCA) intent on criminalizing free speech on Israel/Palestine
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    The author of a new book on antisemitism kicks off a Western Canada tour Sept. 17 to sound an alarm that a coalition of MPs (CPCCA) is intent on outlawing criticism of Israel as being antisemitic, posing a significant threat to free speech.
  6. Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  7. Chomsky.Info
    Resource Type: Website
    The Noam Chomsky Web site.
  8. Connexions Library: Education, Children Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on education and children.
  9. Counterpunch
    Periodical profile

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.
  10. A Different Kind of Safe Space
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Words are dangerous, but not as dangerous as efforts to suppress them, be it by government or dean -- and certainly not as insidious as self-censorship.
  11. The End of Academic Freedom in America: the Case of Steven Salaita
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    In the years I spent at Columbia University, there was always some professor or another coming under attack from the Israel lobby. But no matter the intensity of the witch-hunt, I was always proud to see my employer stand up for the free speech rights of the faculty.
  12. Free Speech and Acceptable Truths
    Statement of the Alumni for Responsible Speech

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2008
    While we support freedom of speech and academic freedom, we believe that university administrations have a duty to provide a safe learning environment in which students and faculty are protected by incorrect or harmful ideas. To achieve this safe learning environment, it will be necessary for the university authorities to cleanse the university's libraries of harmful books, to block inappropriate Internet sites, to ban guest lectures who hold improper views, and to identify and prosecute students and faculty who are guilty of thought crimes.
  13. 'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on freedom of expression - they are for it -in principle-, but only so long as it isn't used to express views that they find unacceptable or offensive. What they disagree about is merely who gets to decide what ideas are unacceptable, i.e., who gets to censor who.
  14. Free Speech in an Age of Identity Politics
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Transcript of Malik's TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town.
  15. The High Cost of Skepticism
    What happened to two scientists who believed that tenure and First Amendment would protect their rights to free inquiry

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2002
    Here’s what happened to two scientists who believed that tenure and the First Amendment would protect their rights to free inquiry.
  16. Jenny Peto speaks at UBC, downtown Vancouver on Palestinian rights, threats to academic freedom
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Jenny Peto, whose Master's thesis was attacked in the Ontario legislature for being anti-semitic, is speaking in Vancouver on Fri. at UBC and Sat. at SFU Harbour Centre on the growing threats to academic freedom around Israel and Palestine.
  17. Jewish Group Commends UofT Provost for Supporting Freedom of Inquiry
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Jewish group defends University of Toronto's support for academic freedom in the face of attacks on thesis questionning the misuse of the Holocaust for political purposes.
  18. Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The billionaire CEO of Continental Resources told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed.
  19. The Salaita Affair
    Lessons Heard and Lessons Learned

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Professor Steven Salaita was to begin his new faculty appointment in Fall 2014 as a tenured Associate Professor in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His appointment was vetted through the multi-layer levels that are a mainstay of North American universities faculty appointment process. However, on August 1, 2014, the chancellor of UIUC Phyllis Wise informed Salaita that he did not have a faculty job at UIUC. The storm this di-hiring created amongst North American academics was unprecedented.
  20. Science and liberation
    Science as human curiosity, as authority, and as business

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The conservative movement’s attack on science has several prongs. Where they can attain government office, as in Canada, they use the highly effective tools of funding and de-funding, and regulation and de-regulation, to control government scientists and embolden private interests. The goal is to transfer power and resources from public services and public science to private institutions, while often appealing to moral and religious doctrines in the process.
  21. Seriously Free Speech Committee
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  22. Sources Select Universities, Colleges, and Institutes
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Academic experts available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
  23. Sources welcomes the Seriously Free Speech Committee
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Sources welcomes a new member: the Seriously Free Speech Committee. The SFSC is committed to free expression of views on Israel/Palestine.
  24. The University of Toronto
    A History

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2002
  25. When Free Speech Becomes Dead Silence - The Israel Lobby And A Cowed Academia
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The sudden cancellation of an academic conference on Israel, as well as the lack of outcry from 'mainstream' media, demonstrates once again the skewed limits to 'free speech' in 'advanced' Western democracies.

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