Abstract - The Information Society 24(1)

Global Freedom of Expression within Non-Textual Frameworks

Johnny Hartz Søraker

The increasing use of frameworks within which Internet users can contribute non-textual information constitutes a serious obstacle to government attempts to accurately censor and monitor Internet traffic. This development, as seen in the explosive growth of frameworks such as Second Life, YouTube and Wikipedia, could lead to a transfer of regulatory power away from heavily regulated Internet Service Providers in non-democratic regimes, into the hands of intermediaries that are more likely to uphold freedom of expression. Thereby, a development towards increasingly enframed and non-textual information can promote freedom of expression even in traditionally non-democratic regimes. I will analyze this development with regard to its possible implications for freedom of expression, on-line crime, and the role of private companies in international politics.


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