A new Gallup-Knight Foundation survey suggests that shifting student views are exposing deep rifts in attitudes toward diversity versus free speech among demographic groups. The survey presents this false dichotomy of inclusion vs. the First Amendment, but that's how it's often presented in these debates, ignoring academic responsibility.
Academic freedom has become the last refuge of scoundrels of late, and as meatspace academia continues to lose ground to online venues for rigorous debate, even their trade magazines are reporting the decline in relevance. Via Inside Higher Education:
Roughly 57 percent of students thought that debate on political and social issues took place online rather than in person at their colleges (43 percent). Despite the popularity of online platforms, though, students reported social media tended to stifle free speech in many ways. About 60 percent of students indicated that too many people block others online with whom they disagree -- this is up 12 percentage points from 2016. About 59 percent of students said people feared being attacked online for their views, an uptick of 10 percentage points from 2016. And 83 percent of students said that it is too easy for anonymous users to post online. Colleges have struggled to compete as the forum for debate and discussion in a digital age, when the conversation has turned online, Busteed said. Institutions must reclaim the debates and create productive campus talks, he said.
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• 8 ways college student views on free speech are evolving (Medium)
Kazakh blogger Lyubov Kalugina has been charged under Russia’s Article 282, an “anti-extremism” law now being used by men who claim women sharing jokes and memes offend them. Via Quartz:
Researchers from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab (previously) have published an extensive report on the image filtering systems used by Chinese messaging giant Wechat to prevent the posting of banned political messages and other "sensitive" topics that are censored in China.
Look, I'm as delighted as you are to see Alex Jones' ability to spread hatred curtailed -- because in a world where all the important speech takes place online, and where online speech is owned by four or five companies, being kicked off of Big Tech's services is likely to be an extinction-level event.
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