FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley offers his thoughts on the Harvard University e-mail scandal for Forbes this morning. Criticizing Harvard’s emphasis on public relations at the expense of faculty privacy, Robert writes:
If a liberal arts education is supposed to be a "marketplace of ideas," putting message control above all else is anathema. Students and faculty members must be free to explore ideas and to criticize bad decisions, or the marketplace will not function. They can’t do that if they believe that Harvard is going to read their email if they happen to forward something that makes life harder for the university’s PR folks.
Check out Robert’s entry in full.