The Internet, Warts and All: Free Speech, Privacy and Truth

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The Internet, Warts and All asks questions. Why are government digital policies so often out of touch and counter-productive? Why is surveillance law problematic and ineffective - and often defeated in court? Do companies like Google and Facebook really care about freedom of speech? Why are neither laws nor technology companies able to get to grips with trolling? Is 'fake news' something that can be 'dealt with'? Can these issues be addressed more effectively, intelligently and appropriately in the future? To answer these questions, The Internet, Warts and All busts a number of myths and illusions about the internet - about the neutrality of algorithms, the permanence of information, the impact of surveillance, the nature of privacy and more. It shows how trolling and 'fake news' arise - and why current moves to deal with them are doomed to failure. It suggests a way forward - by embracing the unruly nature of the internet.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages302
ISBN (Electronic)9781108390286
ISBN (Print)978-1108422215
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameCambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law
PublisherCambridge University Press

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