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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Monday, February 22, 2021

After blocking Australian news, Facebook’s free speech myth is dead - and regulators should take notice

Guest Author

by Carolina Are, researcher and visiting lecturer, City, University of London Facebook’s recent decision to block its Australian users from sharing or viewing news content has provoked a worldwide backlash and accusations of hubris and bullying. The row has also exposed the fragility of Facebook’s founding myth: that Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild is a force for good,...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Panel Continued: The Beginning of the End? Ohio and COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

City Club Staff

On February 4, we presented a forum on Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution process. We received more questions than we had time to answer during the forum. Our panelists – Terry Allan, Robert Jennings, and Dr. Sherrie Dixon Williams – took the time to answer all the remaining audience questions. 1. Why do our local officials not...

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

#FREESPEECH in the News February 16, 2021

Bliss Davis, Content and Programming Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week. 1.) Covid-19 Triggers Wave of...

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Cleveland’s Mayoral Race: A Look at the Candidates

City Club Staff

Cleveland’s mayoral election is November 2, 2021, and The City Club of Cleveland has sat down to speak with several potential and declared candidates, as well as those who have since declared they will not enter the race. Here is a look at those conversations: Fault Lines: Building a More Inclusive Cleveland (with Kevin Kelley) A Conversation with...

Monday, February 08, 2021

#FREESPEECH in the News February 8, 2021

Bliss Davis, Content and Programming Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week. 1.) Federal judge connects former...

Monday, February 01, 2021

I’m a First Amendment scholar - and I think Big Tech should be left alone

Guest Author

by Paul Levinson, Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University Twitter’s banning of Trump – an action also taken by other social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat – has opened a fierce debate about freedom of expression and who, if anyone, should control it in the United States. I’ve written and taught about...

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