Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups? -Thomas Holt, Joshua D Freilich and Steven Chermak

17 09 2017

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In the wake of an explosion in London on September 15, President Trump called for cutting off extremists’ access to the internet. Racists and terrorists, and many other extremists, have used the internet for decades and adapted as technology evolved, shifting from text-only discussion forums to elaborate and interactive websites, custom-built secure messaging systems and even entire social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digging for dirt in the digital age: the trouble with journalism and doxing – Colette Snowden

30 08 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them. Read the rest of this entry »





The Daily Stormer, Online Speech, and Internet Registrars – Daphne Keller

25 08 2017

Most people I talk to think that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies should take down ugly-but-legal user speech. Platforms are generally applauded for taking down racist posts from the White Nationalist demonstrators in Charlottesville, for example. Read the rest of this entry »





The dangers of ‘doxing’ and the implications for media regulation – David Brake

24 08 2017

The events in the US city of Charlottesville where a far-right protest turned violent raise a multitude of questions – some of which touch upon media ethics and media regulation. Especially the practice of ‘doxing’ – sharing individuals’ personal information online to cause them harm – has significant ethical and regulatory ramifications.  Read the rest of this entry »





Tech companies can distinguish between free speech and hate speech if they want to – David Glance

22 08 2017

File 20170818 30746 1so7kiwIn the wake of violence in the US town of Charlottesville, the tech industry has started removing access to some of their services from groups associated with the far-right and those espousing racial intolerance. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Is liking something on Facebook ‘protected political speech’? It depends – Melissa Castan

19 08 2017

File 20170814 28472 1ttey05Australians are often surprised to learn that their Constitution contains no right to free speech. Even the right to political speech, which is constitutionally implied, is increasingly complicated by new online platforms where people can express their views. Read the rest of this entry »





Country rules: the ‘splinternet’ may be the future of the web – Terry Flew

10 08 2017
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Both The Economist and WIRED are worried about the “splinternet”. The UK research organisation NESTA thinks it could “break up” the world wide web as we know it. Read the rest of this entry »