Liberating Cyberspace

Liberating Cyberspace : Civil Liberties, Human Rights & the Internet

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Does the exponential growth of the Internet really mark a revolution in human interaction and communication, providing truly democratic access to information and ideas? Or, compounded by a growing number of competing interests now arguing for the introduction of more rigorous controls, will the full potential of the Internet fail to be recognised?*BR**BR*Liberating Cyberspace is the first volume to assess the impact of the Internet on our basic civil rights. Addressing the key questions, contributors from Britain and the United States examine a range of topics, from copyright and encryption to free speech, privacy and freedom of information. A series of critical case studies considers the potential of the Internet for promoting international women's rights, its the role in the McLibel trial, and to what extent the Internet can or should create new copyright and property laws of its own. *BR**BR*Controversial and topical, Liberating Cyberspace sheds valuable new light on some of the fundamental issues of modern global communication.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 28.19mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745312993
  • 9780745312996

Table of contents



PART 1: Freedoms of Expression and Information, Privacy, and Copyright

1. Freedom of Expression: Censorship in Private Hands

Adam Newey (Index on Censorship)

2. Freedom of Information: An Electronic Window onto Government

Andrew Ecclestone (Campaign for Freedom of Information)

3. Liberty on the Line

Simon Davies (London School of Economics) & Ian Hosein

4. Cryptography and Democracy: Dilemmas of Freedom

Caspar Bowden (Scientists for Labour) & Yaman Akdeniz (University of Leeds)

5. Copyright, Civil Rights and the Internet

Nick Braithwaite (lawyer, Clifford Chance)

6. Copyright and the Internet

Charles Oppenheim (De Montfort University)

PART 2: Case Studies

7. European Policy on Regulation and Content on the Internet

Penny Campbell ( European Institute for the Media, Dusseldorf) and Emmanuelle Machet

8. Political Participation and the Internet

Cathy Bryan & James Tatam (both Informed Sources Intonational)

9. The Net Out Of Control - A New Moral Panic: Censorship and Sexuality, Angus Hamilton (lawyer)

10. AVIVA: The Women's International Listings Magazine On the Internet

Kate Burke (AVIVA)

11. Women and the Internet

Clem Herman (Soft Solution/Poptel)

12. Tinysex and Gender Troubles

Sherry Turkle (MIT)

13. The Governance of Cyberspace: Racism on the Internet

David Capitanchik (Aberdeen College) & Michael Whine (Board of Deputies of British Jews)

14. McSpotlight: Freedom of Speech and the Internet

Philip George (environmental campaigner)

15. Human Rights and the Internet

Conor Foley (Amnesty International)

Glossary of Internet Term

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Review quote

'The various contributions focus on civil liberties and freedom of expression ... This combination of thematic chapters with specific case-studies works well' -- International Affairs
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About Liberty

Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) is Britain's leading campaign body working for the promotion of civil rights. They are the author of the guide to civil liberties, Your Rights (Pluto, 2005).
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