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Balancing freedom of expression and social responsibility on the internet

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael



This paper reflects on the articles submitted for the Symposium Confronting the Internet’s Dark Side. I discuss some of the criticisms of the book’s theory and my treatment of hate speech. The responsibilities of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Web-Hosting Services (WHSs) are in the fore, arguing that as they are the gatekeepers, they need to be proactive far more than they are now. This paper, like my book, strives to suggest an approach that harnesses the strengths and capabilities of the public and the private sectors in offering practical solutions to pressing problems.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Journal Philosophia
Print ISSN 0048-3893
Electronic ISSN 1574-9274
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 973-985
APA6 Citation Cohen-Almagor, R. (2017). Balancing freedom of expression and social responsibility on the internet. Philosophia, 45(3), 973-985 .
Keywords Business ethics, Hate speech, Internet gatekeepers, Responsibility, Terror
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Additional Information This is a copy of an open access article published in Philosophia, 2017, v.45 issue 3.


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