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Analyzing Freedom of Expression Online: Theoretical, Empirical, and Normative Contributions

Victoria Nash

in The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589074
Published online March 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199589074.013.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

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This chapter highlights the most significant ways in which research from across Internet Studies combines thematically to offer a picture of the challenges facing freedom of expression in the twenty-first century, as well as the need for broader theoretical frameworks. It suggests that a broader theoretical framework is required to catch the full range of law and policies shaping expression online, and to develop responses for policy and practice. The Internet presents just as many opportunities for digital surveillance or censorship as it does for free expression. The most helpful contribution of Internet Studies has been to expose and illuminate the many different forces that restrict or expand the opportunities to speak and communicate. The Internet has become central to communication and it plays a role in helping multiple actors to obtain their various goals.

Keywords: freedom of expression; Internet Studies; expression online; digital surveillance; censorship; communication

Article.  10098 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Ethics ; Knowledge Management

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