Free Expression Policy Project: On Challenging and Banning Books in America

June 03, 2014

Free speech ought to be the “default setting” in society. The Free Expression Policy Project (FEPP), founded in 2000, provides research and advocacy on free speech, copyright and media democracy issues. The FEPP examines the fundamental values underlying the First Amendment and asks how well...

Private Information and Online Security: How to Disappear From Big Brother

May 30, 2014

As our online presence increases, so do the security risks to our private information. In today’s world of mass surveillance and obsession with social media, Frank M. Ahearn’s job is to help people erase their digital footprint. Initially working undercover for private investigators, Ahearn...

Flames of Folly: On Burning and Banning Books

May 29, 2014

The importance of the issues surrounding banning books is that of fundamental freedoms and civil liberties. Background There is a humorous element to Alexander Woollcott’s famous quip that all good things are either illegal, immoral or fattening. If you look at the tradition of literary...

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

March 24, 2014

As Western media focuses on the Crimean crisis, Russia intensifies its assault on civil society. When Nikolai Gogol wrote about the winged troika in his 19th century masterpiece on provincial corruption, The Dead Souls, little did he know that he was creating a perennial image that would...