Internet privacy speech
How rare is internet privacy in the digital age?
One concern raised was the rise of misinformation on the internet, a problem that is especially difficult to address in countries like the United States, where the concept of free speech is so deeply rooted. “The misinformation issue is a peculiar one to the United States; we’re such strong believers in our first amendment that we find it very difficult to prescript what kind of facts can be readily available,” Susan Landau, a professor at Tufts University, explained.
Nonetheless, there is the possibility of finding solutions to the problem of fake news without jeopardizing free speech rights. Landau emphasized the Baltic countries’ strategy, which was primarily in response to Russian disinformation campaigns. They concentrated on teaching their people to be even more analytical and wary of taking anything at face value. “If we’re going to retain the first amendment in the long run, that’s part of the solution,” she said.
However, as Paul Syverson, a mathematician at the US Naval Research Laboratory, points out, “it’s going to be very difficult for you to exercise this judgment if all the knowledge you’re getting is just framed from one viewpoint and it’s a skewed one, or one that is full of misinformation.”
Internet law and online speech: an international perspective
Many of our actions leave a data trail. Phone logs, credit card purchases, GPS in cars monitoring our whereabouts, cell phones (with or without GPS), and the list goes on and on. Almost all online activities, such as instant messaging, visiting blogs, and watching videos, leave a trail of data that service providers can receive.
Fortunately, privacy is not dead (yet), but it is in jeopardy. Some organizations, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), have stated that their mission is to eliminate privacy worldwide. We can be easily monitored, manipulated, and feel a lack of power over ourselves and our personal lives if we do not have privacy.
There are several ways to improve your privacy, such as taking care when sharing personal information online or with others. You may even make small choices including paying with cash rather than a credit card, encrypting your emails and backups, and reading the terms of service before using a product (i.e., would your privacy be respected?).
Lawrence lessig – speech, privacy, and the internet: the
Could of these actions jeopardizes an individual’s ability to express themselves as well as their right to a private life and communications. In this way, privacy and freedom of speech are two sides of the same coin, each necessary for the other’s enjoyment. To freely shape and communicate one’s political, religious, or ethnical views, one requires an independent, private space free of government, private sector, or other citizens’ intervention. Infringements on the right to privacy, such as physical or online surveillance, tracking of communications or actions, and state interference into private, family, or home affairs, also prohibit people from exercising their freedom of speech.
In a landmark report to the Human Rights Council in June 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and speech, Frank La Rue, made this claim. The UN has acknowledged the effect of state surveillance on free speech and other human rights for the first time in this study, and has criticized the new developments in government surveillance. The report is a timely reminder of the serious consequences of surveillance for civil liberties, particularly given that governments are spying on journalists, breaking into emails, and requesting that social media platforms hand over user data on a daily basis. It is clear that this systematic monitoring is about more than just collecting data on people. It’s all about regulating our acts and vocabulary, as well as suppressing our ideas and feelings.
The future of internet privacy regulation
The Internet has been romanticized as a place where people can be themselves. Libertarians and communitarians alike have been enthralled by the alluring combination of advanced technology with low entry barriers and instantaneous outreach to millions of users. In the name of strengthening freedom of speech, lawmakers have added to the celebration by passing the Communications Decency Act, which allows Internet Service Providers to encourage unregulated expression without fear of liability. However, an uncontrolled Internet is fertile ground for offensive conduct.
This book has the potential to be a game changer in a field still dominated by a frontier viewpoint. The authors detail some of the disgusting and hateful speech that the present mix of law and technology has bred, using example after example of abuse in Internet chat rooms and forums. After that, the facts are subjected to interpretation and policy recommendations. After reading this book, you’ll never look at the Internet through rose-colored glasses again.
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