// Insights Lab
Can Google protect
From elections and political propaganda, trolls and gendered
bigotry, to hate speech and religious extremism,
about who can and should be heard on the internet rage like
As governments struggle to apply existing
legislation to the Wild West online,
users are asking if the
openness of the internet should be celebrated after all.
Bots and troll farms lash out at free thought and controversial
opinion, while faceless users attack each other without
Free speech becomes a social, economic and
Automated technologies lack the
sophistication to adjudicate effectively. In response, people
think twice before airing their thoughts aloud, while critique is
buried under avalanches of automated rebuttals, vitriolic
attacks and nonsensical rhetoric.
As the tech firms struggle
to deal withthe issues, the public and governments grow
Yet, amongst all this negativity, seeds of political harmony,
gender and racial equality, and tolerance are sown on the
Is it possible to have an open and inclusive internet
while simultaneously limiting political oppression and
despotism, hate, violence and harassment?
Who should be
responsible for censoring ‘unwanted’ conversation, anyway?
Governments? Users? Google?