Freedom of Speech and the Internet


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Cambridge University Amnesty International meeting


The Internet was once hailed as being uncensorable and borderless, and as such, a benefit for freedom of speech and human rights in general. The reality is more complex. While the Internet has allowed groups to reach far larger audiences, and has complicated the roles of censors, the growth of the Internet has carried a cost. Pervasive surveillance, at scales only before imagined of, is now possible and the re-writing of history is commonplace. This talk will discuss the effects of the Internet, both good and bad, and how groups such as the Tor project are working to protect privacy and resist censorship.