Technology Aids Free Speech - And Its Suppression

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Eugene Volokh, professor, Law, UCLA Law School, Los Angeles, Calif.

Ken Paulson, president, First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Cellphones and the Internet have democratized free speech more than town hall meetings and the printing press. But they also provide governments with easier ways to monitor—and switch off—communication. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the BART cell service shutdown, and the role of social media and messaging in the London riots.

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