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Censorship and Access to Information


Kay Mathiesen


University of Arizona

September 6, 2008

HANDBOOK OF INFORMATION AND COMPUTER ETHICS, Kenneth E. Himma, Herman T. Tavani, eds., John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2008

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While there is much debate about censorship, there is little work in the philosophical literature on the concept itself. In this chapter I try to fill in this gap by providing a definition of censorship. I propose that censorship is "restricting or limiting access to an expression, portion of an expression, or category of expression, which has been made public by its author, based on the belief that it will be a bad thing if people access the content of that expression." With this definition in hand, I consider the sorts of justifications given for censorship and canvass the arguments against censorship.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: censorship, information ethics, intellectual freedom, freedom of expression

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Date posted: September 6, 2008  

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Mathiesen, Kay, Censorship and Access to Information (September 6, 2008). HANDBOOK OF INFORMATION AND COMPUTER ETHICS, Kenneth E. Himma, Herman T. Tavani, eds., John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1264451

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University of Arizona ( email )
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
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