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Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Speech must still be free on the Internet (via @TXFOIFT)

The Internet has given us an explosion of information, commentary, communication and just plain word flow the likes of which have never been seen before. You’d think our democracy could handle it — and for the most part, it has.

Words on the Internet are not without restriction. Threats, bullying, reckless lies and fraud are just as wrong in cyberspace as they are in the real world. Still, serious questions and court fights have been raised about whether speech on the Internet is free speech.

Austin attorney Arif Panju, who works for the Virginia-based Institute for Justice, sent word this week of a federal court case in Brownsville centered on just that question. (Full disclosure: I work with Arif on the board of directors of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.) Continue>>>