October 15, 2012

How the Internet Is Limiting Free Speech

Brian Stauffer, Washington Post

Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those espousing controversial social, political or religious views. The decline of free speech has come not from any single blow but rather from thousands of paper cuts of well-intentioned exceptions designed to maintain social harmony.

In the face of the violence that frequently results from anti-religious expression, some world leaders seem to be losing their patience with free speech....

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TAGGED: censorship, YouTube, internet, free speech


October 12, 2012
Inside the Reddit, Gawker War
Alex Hern, New Statesman
Links from the Gawker network of sites have been banned from the Reddit US Politics sub-forum, r/politics. The ban was instigated by a moderator after a Gawker.com journalist, Adrian Chen, apparently threatened to expose the... more ››
October 11, 2012
Pulling the Plug on the Internet's Delusion
Tom Chatfield, BBC News
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” argued the author Arthur C Clarke in the last of his three laws of prediction. It’s an adage that the current state of digital technology... more ››
October 11, 2012
Why Can't You Vote Online?
T.C. Sottek, The Verge
Elections in the United States aren't perfect. Between rare instances of voter fraud, attempts to make it harder for people to vote, voter intimidation, egregious manipulation of voting districts by major parties, and regularly... more ››
October 13, 2012
Running for President of the Internet
John Herrman, BuzzFeed
It’s an unseasonably cold early October evening in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is giving his elevator pitch to a flustered but rapt woman behind the counter of a fast-food joint, Runza, where he’s... more ››
October 13, 2012
Updating the Internet Like a Gadget
Luke Mitchell, Popular Science
We invented the Internet here in the U.S., but other countries have long since improved on our work. We’re 13th worldwide in average connection speed, and we usually pay more to access those slower connections. In some... more ››