Censorship and Access to Information

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

25 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2008  

Kay Mathiesen

University of Arizona; School of Information

Date Written: September 6, 2008

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1264451

Kay Mathiesen (Contact Author)

University of Arizona ( email )

Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

School of Information ( email )

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