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When social media and censorship collide


When we think of moderated comments, the specter of censorship seems inevitable. But is censorship such a bad thing? The rise of social media suggests we ought to take the rough with the smooth, but why should we?


Why we need a blogging code of conduct


Few would contest that blogging is now mainstream. As such, aside from professional journalists, most bloggers write their own rules. But as blogging begins to compete with the mainstream media, is it time that we had a blogging code of conduct?


Information is a weapon


It’s maybe an artifact of our time that we assume the idea of information being a weapon is as symptom of our very modern world. In fact, information has challenged our world for many centuries…


Wikipedia in political web warfare


As I had reason to opine yesterday, the weapon of the modern politician is apathy & indifference. Armed as these people invariably are, gone are the days of the refrain: “And the best man won!” to be replaced by an expansive, seemingly empty landscape, littered with the fallen, occupied only by the last man standing. […]


Free speech meets newspapers, web


There seems to be a real and very worrying misunderstanding of what ‘freedom of speech’ is really about. In my mind, free speech is about adding to a dialogue, not subtracting from and diminishing in such a way as to make the dialogue meaningless. I have to be selfish for a moment, and indulge my […]