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In this book, Cees J Hamelink proposes an answer to - how should democratic societies organize cyberspace? - that puts human-rights, rather than profit, at the top of the agenda. He argues that conventional ethical approaches are all seriously flawed. There is a growing volume of moral rules, netiquettes and codes of conduct, but they are of little help in solving the moral dilemmas raised by the new technologies. In this book the author analyzes the inadeqacies of current global governance policies and structures that underpin them, and argues for standards which put justice, human security and freedom first.
Chapter 6: Free Speech and Knowledge in CyberSpace
Free Speech and Knowledge in CyberSpace
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
The human rights claim to the protection of free speech is always under threat by efforts to curb the flows of information among people, organizations and societies. George Orwell once wrote that freedom of expression means that everyone has the right to say things others do not want to hear. This nicely illustrates the complexity of the moral principle. It is undoubtedly very natural to silence those who say things one does ...