Update: ARTE’s Trailer Not Removed, But the Confusion Is the Story

Yesterday, I wrote about the case of what appeared to have been a removal of a trailer for the documentary film The Cleaners. I'll point you to that post so that I don't need to rehash it too much here and I can get right to the update.   Here's the update. This morning (US-time), the… Continue reading Update: ARTE’s Trailer Not Removed, But the Confusion Is the Story

“The Cleaners,” Cleaned – Google’s YouTube Removes Trailer for Content Moderation Documentary, Citing “Shocking Content”

PLEASE SEE THIS UPDATE FOR IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION Today, news from France: it seems the French outlet of the Franco-German television channel ARTÉ (known as ARTE in Germany) has found itself on the wrong side of Google and YouTube's opaque and mysterious content moderation policy for videos. The irony? The video that has been removed is a… Continue reading “The Cleaners,” Cleaned – Google’s YouTube Removes Trailer for Content Moderation Documentary, Citing “Shocking Content”

In Error, The University of Illinois Stands Alone: A Letter to the Board of Trustees

Esteemed Board of Trustees: My name is Sarah Roberts; I am a University of Illinois alumna and now an Assistant Professor at another institution. On the morning of August 6th, I wrote to Chancellor Wise to share my grave concern over the situation of Steven Salaita, and her unwillingness to honor his signed contract just… Continue reading In Error, The University of Illinois Stands Alone: A Letter to the Board of Trustees

The Battle for Justice in Evanston? Abunimah Book Talk Back On at Evanston Public Library

Yesterday morning, after reading a tweet from Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada describing how his book talk at the Evanston Public Library on August 11th had been summarily cancelled, I drafted a letter to the EPL's director, Karen Danzcak Lyons. In it, I expressed my concerns about this cancellation, which appeared to be without… Continue reading The Battle for Justice in Evanston? Abunimah Book Talk Back On at Evanston Public Library

A Letter to Evanston Public Library on the Cancellation of Ali Abunimah’s Book Talk

EDITED - I posted a follow-up to this letter on 8/4. This morning, I learned of a disturbing situation unfolding in the northern Chicago suburbs - the backyard, it's worth noting, of the American Library Association. According to accounts by the Electronic Intifiada's Ali Abunimah, his upcoming book talk there, scheduled by an Evanston community… Continue reading A Letter to Evanston Public Library on the Cancellation of Ali Abunimah’s Book Talk