Ronda Hauben on 19 Nov 2000 02:35:50 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: Re[2]: <nettime> French Big Brother Awards 2000 !

Jmm <> wrote:


>> So I was surprised to see that there are Voltaire awards being
>> given, but not for defending the right to free speech, but rather
>> for defending "privacy".

      >"any discussion to freedom of expression regards privacy, and
      >vice versa, it's a condition of human rights that they are

I wasn't commenting that it was a problem giving an award regarding
privacy, but was surprised that the name of the award had to do
with Voltaire and Orwell. 

In my experience Voltaire and Orwell have come to symbolize
the importance of the defense of the right to express diverse opinions, 
even when they are unpopular.

And in the pressure of the commercial thrust against the founding
culture of the Internet, there is ever more of a need to support
the right of unpopular views to have an airing, as the commercial
entities who are trying to take over the control of content are
not happy with the online populace have a means to have their
voices heard.

The principle governing early Usenet was the Voltaire principle
"Though I may disagree with what you say I will dual to the death
to defend your right to say it."

This, too, needs its champions today more than ever.

In the wake of ICANN and the effort of the US government to try
to pass vital public policy making issues and public property
to a private entity, there is an ever more vital need to find
a way to protect the public's right to speak and public property.

With best wishes


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