Arizona State University: Petition Website Blocked From University Network
In December 2011, shortly after students created a petition to lower tuition at Arizona State University (ASU) on the petition website Change.org, ASU blocked access to the website on its network. When the censorship of the site gained widespread attention, ASU explained its actions by citing concerns about "spamming" emails from the site related to the petition. In February 2012, following a national outcry and within hours after FIRE sent a letter criticizing the censorship, ASU eliminated the Change.org filter.
- "Email from Arizona State University Senior Vice President and General Counsel José A. Cárdenas to FIRE, February 7, 2012," February 14, 2012
- "Letter from FIRE to Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, February 3, 2012," February 3, 2012
- "Arizona State University responds to concerns about change.org," ASU News, February 3, 2012
- "Arizona State Restores Access to Change.org after National Outcry," by Adam Kissel, February 6, 2012: Arizona State University has restored access to the petition website Change.org after blocking it due to dubious concerns about "spam" emails coming from the site related to a petition advocating lower tuition costs at the university. On Friday, FIRE wrote the university asking that it immediately restore access to Change.org and assure its students that it does not block access to websites that host content critical of the university. Responding to the national outcry, which was first launched by media reform organization Free Press, that is just what the university did late on Friday.
- "Arizona State Blocks Access to Change.org," February 3, 2012: Arizona State University has reportedly blocked access to the petition website Change.org, citing concerns with "spam" emails coming from the site in the wake of a petition posted on the site that advocated lower tuition costs at the university. Today, FIRE wrote a letter to the university asking that Arizona State immediately restore access to the Change.org website and assure its students that its IT department does not block access to websites that might host content critical of the university.