Free speech on the internet: The road ahead

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My review of Timothy Garton Ash’s Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, here:

1. The United States has created a global “First Amendment” space for the internet, in the sense that Americans tend to assume that the default position is freedom rather than control. “For the hours you are online, you have virtually emigrated to the United States”. Recent loss of US control means loss of this default position, which is likely to be keenly felt elsewhere.

2. “When it comes to enabling or restricting global freedom of expression, some corporations have more power than most states. Were each user of Facebook to be counted as an inhabitant, Facebook would have a larger population than China.”

Ash divides the world of the internet into dogs (government), cats (IT companies), and mice (users). He says, “The biggest cats are more powerful than all but the very biggest dogs.” A telling incident: … More.

  • Twitter suspended Instapundit.

  • Thinking From First Principles

    I expect to see more of the OIC crowd calling for “Islamophobia” to given a medical diagnosis code and using that to shut down speech that they cannot otherwise stop. See for an editorial today calling “Islamophobia” a “public health issue” … ! Note: The comments are great, and accurate, but I expect the MSM to start pushing this idea.

  • SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
    TWITTER HAS UNBLOCKED MY ACCOUNT ON CONDITION OF DELETING THE OFFENDING TWEET. But lest I be accused of airbrushing, it’s preserved here. Still planning on quitting Twitter, though, after making a few points. Earlier post is here.

    UPDATE: From Nick Gillespie at Reason: In Defense Of InstaPundit’s Glenn Reynolds. “Whatever you think of the tastefulness of his suggestion regarding the protesters in Charlotte, the idea that he is seriously inciting any sort of actual or real threat is risible.”

    Related: “Glenn Reynolds is old enough to remember Reginald Denny. (Look it up, kids.)”

    [But this is not a long term solution to abandoning the internet to failed states.]

    • FactsWillOut

      Yeah, and I’ll quit drinking after my next bender.
      BTW, not using twitter and FriendFace is not “abandoning the internet to failed states.”
      The vast majority of the left are urbanites. Rural folks actually know where food, energy, etc, comes from. We also know guns are just another tool.
      The thing about cities is, sooner or later, they get sacked, bombed, etc.
      Good thing, too.