Online Hate & Censorship : threats to free speech

Online activists are facing abuse from misogynists and paid troll armies, but asking for laws to protect us from online abuse may come back to haunt us.

The great freedoms offered, for new voices, innovative media and human rights activism, goes hand-in-hand with real dangers on the online networking space. It has been the subject of feisty discussion at the IAWRT biennial in New Delhi, India, and is under scrutiny around the globe. The growth of the online space has also complicated our understanding of media ethics, and of how to guarantee freedom of speech. It also muddies the issue of censorship and how it operates in many countries. ESP

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