January 6, 2012
Interior Designers and the First Amendment
From the National Law Journal: an opinion piece on the upcoming case before the Supreme Court, Locke v. Shore. Petitioners are challenging a Florida law that requires interior designers practicing in non-residential, commercial settings to be licensed. Few other states require such licensing. The authors of the NLJ piece are the attorneys for the petitioners, who allege that their First Amendment rights are being violated. Here's a link to the 11th Circuit opinion upholding the law.
January 4, 2012
The Ivory Tower and the FBI
The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the debate that has emerged over how to balance academic freedom and national security in the area of biology--specifically, the study of bird flu. Traditionally, scientists have published the results of their research. But governments are now worried that the specifics of such research can assist terrorists.
January 1, 2012
Chinese Reality Shows: The Content Slips Over the Line Into Politics
From the New York Times: a discussion of the Chinese government's increasing censorship of reality shows.