Privacy and Intellectual Freedom

The Handbook of Intellectual Freedom (Mark Alfino, ed., Unwin 2014).

42 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2014  

Neil M. Richards

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law; Yale Information Society Project; Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Joanna F. Cornwell

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law

Date Written: September 25, 2014

Abstract

This essay offers an account of the complex ways intellectual freedom and privacy are interrelated. We pay particular attention to both the constitutional dimensions of these important values, as well as the important roles that social and professional norms play in their protection in practice. Our examination of these issues is divided into three parts. Part I lays out the law and legal theory governing privacy as it relates to intellectual freedom. Part II examines a special context in which law and professional norms operate together to protect intellectual freedom through privacy – the library. Finally, Part III discusses how government actions and other threats can infringe individuals’ privacy, potentially threatening intellectual freedom.

Keywords: privacy, intellectual privacy, intellectual freedom, first amendment, surveillance, libraries

Suggested Citation

Richards, Neil M. and Cornwell, Joanna F., Privacy and Intellectual Freedom (September 25, 2014). The Handbook of Intellectual Freedom (Mark Alfino, ed., Unwin 2014).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2501448

Neil M. Richards (Contact Author)

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

Yale Information Society Project ( email )

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

Stanford Center for Internet and Society ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

Joanna F. Cornwell

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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