By Paul Punturieri. "A local blog with news, events and things that matter to all citizens of Moultonboro"
"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Speech, Privacy and Technology
"The ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology (SPT) is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The project is currently working on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists’ rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts." In case there is anyone out there that doesn't realize this already, everything I write on this blog is my own constitutionally protected opinion. Such a simple statement,but some people occasionally get confused. “Is he speaking for Moultonboro or for himself?” I speak for myself alone. My words, my ideas, my opinions, agree or disagree are all just me. The explosion of blogs and social media along with instant publishing power and the availability of many different devices to instantly access them, has changed the landscape of expressing ones opinion. What it does not do is change the freedom to express myself publicly, without censorship or prior restraint. The ACLU continues to champion freedom of expression in its many forms in the face of new threats to free speech. "The ACLU is always on guard to ensure that the First Amendment’s protections remain robust—in times of war or peace, for bloggers or the institutional press, online or off. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Internet bullies shouldn't use the law to stifle legitimate free expression."