Sunday August 9, 2020

Freedom of speech in the digital world comes at a price

How do you stop a president spreading lies, or a government surreptitiously circulating political messages, or even someone trying to sell you something you don’t want? These are just some of the dilemmas facing freedom of speech in the era of Big Tech

5th June, 2020
Regardless of how much we might want to shut the likes of Donald Trump up, are we really comfortable that the control mechanism for free speech is left to Big Tech?

In the palm of our hand – yes, the smartphone – each one of us has the power to speak to the world. Yet, what freedoms do we really have in what we can say to this globalised and connected world?

The internet is filled with content and opinions subject to a range of processes and controls which are becoming increasingly automated and autonomous. The regulated mainstream media had been the gatekeeper of public information...

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