A partial index of discussion notes is in http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogaff/misc/AREADME.html
I have just discovered (December 2006) a BBC report on Academics for Academic Freedom (AFAF) whose web site is http://www.afaf.org.uk/.
Go there and sign the statement. (If it still exists.)
'We, the undersigned, believe the following two principles to be the foundation of academic freedom:I have some web pages produced in the same spirit, e.g.:
(1) that academics, both inside and outside the classroom, have unrestricted liberty to question and test received wisdom and to put forward controversial and unpopular opinions, whether or not these are deemed offensive, and
(2) that academic institutions have no right to curb the exercise of this freedom by members of their staff, or to use it as grounds for disciplinary action or dismissal.'
I am assuming that this is not intended to endorse gratuitous, spiteful, or personal offensiveness and refers to opinions, theories, recommendations, evidence, arguments that are put forward for reasons other than that they offend someone.
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham