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Why have kings, emperors, and governments killed and imprisoned people to shut them up? And why have countless people risked death and imprisonment to express their beliefs? Jacob Mchangama guides you through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall.
Stay up to date with Clear and Present Danger on the show’s website at freespeechhistory.com

Clear and Present Danger - A history of free speech Jacob Mchangama

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Why have kings, emperors, and governments killed and imprisoned people to shut them up? And why have countless people risked death and imprisonment to express their beliefs? Jacob Mchangama guides you through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall.
Stay up to date with Clear and Present Danger on the show’s website at freespeechhistory.com

    Special Edition - Daphne Keller & Kate Klonick

    Special Edition - Daphne Keller & Kate Klonick

    “Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal” read a recent Atlantic article, that stated that “governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values.” 

    But is this conclusion the only one available from the fallout of the coronavirus crisis? Or are there other ways to ensure a mature and free internet? Here to discuss the issue is two of the biggest experts on the subject, Daphne Keller and Kate Klonick. 

    • 38 min
    Special Edition - Dunja Mijatović

    Special Edition - Dunja Mijatović

    Since the coronavirus became a pandemic, governments around the world have adopted a wide range of measures affecting basic human rights. This includes many of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe all of whom are legally bound by the European Convention on Human Rights.

    To discuss the implications for freedom of expression is none other than the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, who previously served as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.

    • 32 min
    Special Edition - Monika Bickert

    Special Edition - Monika Bickert

    The Coronavirus has disrupted life as we know it. And the Internet overflows with torrents of data, news and updates about the ongoing crisis. But in parallel with the corona pandemic, WHO has warned of an “infodemic” of mis- and disinformation spreading through social media and messaging apps.

    With me to discuss how Facebook is navigating this unprecedented situation is Monika Bickert, who is the Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook with responsibility for content moderation.”

    • 37 min
    Episode 40 - The Age of Human Rights: Tragedy and Triumph

    Episode 40 - The Age of Human Rights: Tragedy and Triumph

    In this episode we will explore:
    How the Communist East and the Capitalist West clashed over the limits of free speech when drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. How the Helsinki Final Act contributed to the fall of Communism.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 39 - The Totalitarian Temptation – Part II - Der Untergang

    Episode 39 - The Totalitarian Temptation – Part II - Der Untergang

    Weimar Germany was deeply conflicted about the value of free speech. On the one hand, freedom of expression was constitutionally protected. On the other hand, the constitution allowed censorship of cinema and “trash and filth” in literature.
    When the Nazis finally assumed power, they not only used terror and violence, but also turned the laws and principles supposed to protect the democratic order in to weapons against democracy, paving the way for totalitarianism, war, and genocide.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 38 - The Totalitarian Temptation – Part I

    Episode 38 - The Totalitarian Temptation – Part I

    In this first of a two-part episode on totalitarianism in Communist Russia, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany, we will focus on the rise of communism and Italian fascism and the effects of these ideologies on free expression. Hopefully this journey into the darkest of pasts will help shed light on how to grapple with one of democracy’s eternal and inevitable dilemmas: What should be the limits of free speech?  

    • 52 min

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