Monday, September 24, 2012

Re: Free Speech in the Age of YouTube #2

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion-list post “Re: Free Speech in the Age of YouTube #2” [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Celinda Scott (2012a) of the Dewey-L list wrote at (URL's added): “Shibley Telhami and Lawrence Printak, . . . . . were guests on the PBS News Hour tonight The topic was attitudes to free speech in the mideast, the call from some in the mideast for the US and other countries to 'outlaw blasphemy,' and related topics.”

More recently, Celinda (2012b) pointed to a valuable report by NYT technology correspondent Somini Sengupta

a. “Free Speech in the Age of YouTube” [Sengupta (2012a)] at Sengupta, in turn, pointed to:

b. “As Violence Spreads in Arab World, Google Blocks Access to Inflammatory Video” [Miller (2012)] at

c. “On Web, a Fine Line on Free Speech Across the Globe” [Sengupta (2012b)] at;

d. “When Censorship Makes Sense: How YouTube Should Police Hate Speech” [Wu (2012)] at;

e. the Global Network Initiative “Protecting and Advancing Freedom of Expression and Privacy in Information and Communications Technologies”;

f. “Dangerous Speech along the Path to Mass Violence” [Benesch (2012)] at; and

g. Shibley Telhami at who “hoped the violence over the video would encourage a nuanced conversation about how to safeguard free expression with other values, like public safety.”

Sengupta (2012a) ends her report with: “One of the challenges of the digital age, as the YouTube case shows, is that speech articulated in one part of the world can spark mayhem in another. Can the companies that run those speech platforms predict what words and images might set off carnage elsewhere? WHOEVER BUILDS THAT ALGORITHM MAY END UP SAVING LIVES”. . . . [[My CAPS.]]. . . .

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 24 Sept 2012.
Hake, R.R. 2012. “Re: Free Speech in the Age of YouTube #2,” online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at Post of 24 Sep 2012 15:24:14 -0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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