Free Speech: A History From Socrates to Social Media by Jacob Mchangama

Book Review | Free Speech: A History From Socrates to Social Media by Jacob Mchangama

In the book, Mchangama tries to do exactly what the title suggests, presenting a high-points, timeline history of the free speech debate from antiquity through the modern era, concentrating on that part of the world that might have been called Occidental 100 years ago, with a few brief jaunts into China or the Caliphates of the Middle East.

Forrest Spaulding, Courtesy Des Moines Public Library

Forrest Spaulding: Drafter of the Original Library Bill of Rights

This month, 129 years after his birth and almost 82 years after the adoption of the Library Bill of Rights, it seems fitting to remember the work done by Forrest Spaulding in creating a bold and straightforward document that continues to inform the library profession in the United States and around the world.

Social media legislation

State Legislatures Eye Regulating Social Media in Wake of ‘Big Tech Censorship’

Many of the bills use very similar language, referencing “unfair trade practices” and “censorship.” Several bills would require social media platforms to warn users of their specific electronic speech transgressions and give violators a grace period to clean up whatever part of their act that would see them banned. Some bills empower the banned to file consumer complaints with state attorneys general or, like Texas’ SB 2373, to file suit.