Liberating Cyberspace: Civil Liberties, Human Rights & the Internet

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The Internet offers new opportunities and threats to all our basic liberties: civil rights, privacy, and freedoms of expression. Originally, as something totally free of all official intereference and regulation, the Internet was anarchic in a true sense. The contributors to this important book look at how the freedom of use and accessibility of this world-wide phenomenon is being eroded, both by governments (reacting as politically "undesirable" information becomes freely available) and private concerns and ...
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Overview

The Internet offers new opportunities and threats to all our basic liberties: civil rights, privacy, and freedoms of expression. Originally, as something totally free of all official intereference and regulation, the Internet was anarchic in a true sense. The contributors to this important book look at how the freedom of use and accessibility of this world-wide phenomenon is being eroded, both by governments (reacting as politically "undesirable" information becomes freely available) and private concerns and pressure groups raising moral panics. Using case studies, including one on the recent McLibel case, the contributors look at these key issues. They also cover European policy on the regulation of the Internet, censorship and freedom of information on the Internet.

Published in association with Liberty, this invaluable book is about the fundamental liberties and freedoms of the modern age.

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Contributors evaluate the impact of the Internet on our basic civil rights, covering copyright, encryption, free speech, privacy, and freedom of information as well as the potential of the Internet for promoting international women's rights. Distributed by Stylus Publishing, Inc. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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‘The various contributions focus on civil liberties and freedom of expression ... This combination of thematic chapters with specific case-studies works well.’ —International Affairs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745312941
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 1.11 (w) x 1.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Ziauddin Sardar is Visiting Professor of Science Policy at Middlesex University and consulting editor of the prestigious journal Futures. He is a prolific writer and is the author of Cultural Studies for Beginners, Barbaric Others: A Manifesto on Western Racism and editor, with Jerome Ravetz, of Cyberfutures: Culture and Politics on the Information Superhighway.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Freedom of Expression: Censorship in Private Hands 13
2 Freedom of Information: an Electronic Window onto Government 44
3 Privacy I: Liberty on the Line 68
4 Privacy II: Cryptography and Democracy - Dilemmas of Freedom 81
5 Copyright I: Copyright, Civil Rights and the Internet 125
6 Copyright II: Copyright and the Internet 134
7 European Policy on Regulation of Content on the Internet 140
8 Political and the Internet 161
9 The Net Out of Control - A New Moral Panic: Censorship and Sexuality 169
10 AVIVA: The Women's World Wide Web 187
11 Women and the Internet 198
12 Tinysex and Gender Trouble 206
13 The Governance of Cyberspace: Racism on the Internet 237
14 McSpotlight: Freedom of Speech and the Internet 258
15 Human Rights and the Internet 267
Glossary of Internet Terms 278
Index 283
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