Censorship V3.1

Derek E. Bambauer

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

September 9, 2012

18 IEEE Internet Computing 26 (May/June 2013)
Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-28

Internet censorship has evolved. In Version 1.0, censorship was impossible; in Version 2.0, it was a characteristic of repressive regimes; and in Version 3.0, it spread to democracies who desired to use technology to restrain unwanted information. Its latest iteration, Version 3.1, involves near-ubiquitous censorship by democratic and authoritarian countries alike. This Article argues that the new censorship model involves four changes: a shift in implementation to private parties; a hybrid approach mixing promotion of favored viewpoints with suppression of disfavored ones; a blend of formal mandates with informal pressures; and a framing of censorship using uncontroversial labels. It suggests a set of responses to censorship that cabin its abuses and push it towards more legitimate methods: focusing on governmental restrictions, insisting on labeling censorship as such, supporting distributed Internet governance, demanding a default right of access to information, and addressing corporate involvement.

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Keywords: Internet, censorship, cyberlaw, filtering, copyright, First Amendment, freedom of speech, intellectual property, IP, domain name, DNS, SOPA, PROTECT IP, governance, WCIT, WSIS, ISP, China, Australia, DMCA, Google, ICANN

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Date posted: September 10, 2012 ; Last revised: June 20, 2013

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Bambauer, Derek E., Censorship V3.1 (September 9, 2012). 18 IEEE Internet Computing 26 (May/June 2013); Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-28. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2144004 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2144004

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Derek E. Bambauer (Contact Author)
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States
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