Limiting the Open Society


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  • Shut Happens from alancleaver_2000 cc byWith social media quickly becoming the communications tool of choice many have hailed this as an introduction to an open transparent society. But how open is this open society? Is this new stage in the information society really open or is this an illusion brought about by popular technology? This talk looks at the weaknesses and control mechanisms built into the technology and the different regulations and policies implemented to control our communications.
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  • Limiting the Open Society

    1. Regulation by proxy<br />Limiting the Open Society<br />
    2. Is anyone listening…<br />Why free speech?<br />
    3. Truth (Mill)Tolerance (Bollinger)Democracy (art xix)<br />Would any politician be against it…<br />
    4. Highpoint 1948<br />
    5. History…<br />
    6. Almost 300 years ago<br />The state as threat, discussion was on imprimatur<br />
    7. Revolution & rights<br />
    8. Media centralization<br />
    9. In the hands of a small clique<br />Means of production<br />
    10. speakers corner<br />
    11. Enter the net :)<br />
    12. Freedom as side effect<br />
    13. Freedom by agreement (of a homogeneous group)<br />Open end-to-end<br />Packet switching <br />“liberal” ideology<br />
    14. A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace<br />Governments of the Industrial World, you wearygiants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leaveusalone. You are not welcomeamongus. You have no sovereigntywherewegather.<br />Barlowe, 1996<br />
    15. Freedom as bi-product<br />
    16. There is one and only one social responsibility of business—to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits…<br />Milton Friedman<br />
    17. censorship<br />
    18. Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.<br />
    19. Lone voices in the crowd/cloud<br />
    20. Inadvertent censorship<br />affordances<br />
    21. german engineer problem<br />
    22. Chilling effects<br />
    23. Evil euLa<br />Thought control?<br />
    24. When states wash their hands…<br />Regulation by proxy<br />
    25. What can be done?<br />
    26. What its there for!<br />Remember…<br />
    27. If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.<br />
    28. What I want…<br />Freedom of speech on the platforms of others<br />Return of the state <br />End of regulation by proxy<br />
    29. It’s the hypocrisy <br />that I find insulting<br />or remove free speech as a human right… <br />
    30. Thank you.<br />
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