Editorial: Is The Internet Evolving Away From Freedom of Speech?

January 15, 2016 2:18 PM

Over the last two months I have written extensively on the many ways in which the evolving and globalizing world of the Internet is shifting away from being the flag bearer of free-for-all freedom of speech and towards a moderated commercial enterprise that must mediate among conflicting global standards on acceptable speech and online conduct. What does this mean for the future of the Internet?

Twitter, one of the poster children of the freewheeling social media era that once called itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” turns 10 years old this coming March, offering an opportunity to look back on how it has navigated the ever-changing fluidity of online speech.  Continue...