The Good Censor - GOOGLE LEAK

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Can Google protect

free-speech

and

police

harmful content?

From elections and political propaganda, trolls and gendered

bigotry, to hate speech and religious extremism,

debates

about who can and should be heard on the internet rage like

never before.

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

empathy.

Free speech becomes a social, economic and

political weapon.

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 with

the issues, the public and governments grow

increasingly impatient.

Yet, amongst all this negativity, seeds of political harmony,

gender and racial equality, and tolerance are sown on the

internet.

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?

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