The Architecture of Invisible Censorship: How Digital and Meatspace Censorship Differ

Politics & Society
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 16:15 to 16:45
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Short thesis: 

We often believe that the Internet routes around censorship; at the same time we often feel the same rules that should apply to offline speech (e.g., not being removed without a court order, etc.) should apply to online speech as well; we often understand that there are differences between offline and online censorship, but what are the implications of the intermediated digital lives that we lead on how we engage in and combat against censorship? He probes the idea of "invisible censorship" as the dominant mode of modern digital censorship, in a break from previous forms of social, private, or state-directed censorship which were mostly visible and hence challengeable, and presents tentative thoughts on what we do legally, technologically, and socially to uncloak invisible censorship.

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