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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Assessing harm & benefit - measuring online freedom

On the Open Digital Blog:
Debates about internet governance are not sustainable at the current level.  All too often we hear three sides of an argument, but are left with no rational framework to evaluate the relative merits of each point of view.  
Can we quantify harm from loss of privacy and balance against the benefits brought by linked and accessible data? Or set the perceived risks to political discourse from blocking and censorship against the perceived benefit from limiting access to harmful content? 
One idea presented by Professor Andrew Murray (LSE) during his keynote speech at the Human Rights in the Digital Era Conference at Leeds University School of Law this month was to consider autonomy - how do certain laws and technologies affect our ability to act as autonomous human beings?
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