Free Speech in the Digital Age

ISBN : 9780190883591

Susan J. Brison; Katharine Gelber
272 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2019
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This collection of thirteen new essays is the first to examine, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, how the new technologies and global reach of the Internet are changing the theory and practice of free speech. The rapid expansion of online communication, as well as the changing roles of government and private organizations in monitoring and regulating the digital world, give rise to new questions, including: How do philosophical defenses of the right to freedom of expression, developed in the age of the town square and the printing press, apply in the digital age? Should search engines be covered by free speech principles? How should international conflicts over online speech regulations be resolved? Is there a right to be forgotten that is at odds with the right to free speech? How has the Internet facilitated new speech-based harms such as cyber-stalking, twitter-trolling, and revenge porn, and how should these harms be addressed? The contributors to this groundbreaking volume include philosophers, legal theorists, political scientists, communications scholars, public policy makers, and activists.


Introduction - Susan J. Brison and Katharine Gelber
Chapter 1: Digital Dualism and the 'Speech as Thought' Paradox - Katharine Gelber, Susan Brison
Chapter 2: Search Engines and Free Speech Coverage - Robert Simpson, Heather Whitney
Chapter 3: Cyber Harassment and Free Speech: Drawing the Line Online - James Weinstein
Chapter 4: Recipes, Plans, Instructions and the Free Speech Implications of Words that are tools - Frederick Schauer
Chapter 5: Free Speech Categories in the Digital Age - Ashutosh Bhagwat
Chapter 6: Privacy, Speech and Digital Imagination - Robert Post
Chapter 7: Why Combatting Online Abuse is Good for Free Expression - Danielle Keats Citron
Chapter 8: 'Not Where Bodies Live': The Abstraction of Internet Expression - Mary Anne Franks
Chapter 9: Demographics, Design and Free Speech: How Demographics have Produced Social Media Optimized for Abuse and the Silencing of Marginalized Voices - Soraya Chemaly
Chapter 10: Unmasking Hate on Twitter: Disrupting Anonymity by Tracking Trolls - Diana Ascher, Safiya Noble
Chapter 11: Online Dating Sites as Public Accommodations: Facilitating Racial Discrimination - Sonu Bedi
Chapter 12: The Meaning of Silence in Cyberspace: The Authority Problem and Online Hate Speech - Alexander Brown
Chapter 13: Regulating Online Speech: Keeping Humans, and Human Rights, at the Core - Dinah PoKempner

About the author: 

Susan J. Brison is Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values and Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College. Katharine Gelber is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia.

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