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dc.contributor.author Rowland, Diane
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-04T15:59:24Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-04T15:59:24Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Rowland , D 2006 , ' Griping, bitching and speaking your mind: defamation and free expression on the internet ' Penn State Law Review , vol 110 , no. 3 , pp. 519-538 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 78353
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/709
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/709
dc.description Diane Rowland, Griping, Bitching and Speaking Your Mind: Defamation and Free Expression on the Internet, Pennsylvania State Law Review Symposium Issue 110, no. 3 (2006): 519–538; RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract The Internet has been referred to judicially as "the most participatory marketplace of mass speech that ... the world ... has yet seen"; as a "far more speech-enhancing medium than print" and a "never-ending world-wide conversation." 1 These quotations from Judge Dalzell of the District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania in ACLU v. Reno 2 are now so familiar that they have lost their impact. Although this judgment focused on the balance between freedom of information and one particular type of speech, namely "indecent" speech, a major emphasis was on the general democratising effect of the Internet as a method of communication. The Internet was said to be capable of "blurring the distinction between speakers and listeners" 3 and leading to the erosion of barriers to discourse between those who might historically have been disenfranchised or, in any event, had little opportunity to participate in public debate. This ease of participation is enhanced by the ability to speak anonymously in Internet communication. This is particularly relevant given that anonymity has a long pedigree as a method of protecting the voice of the oppressed, the minority and those seeking help. As emphasised by the Council of Europe, the Internet can provide "unprecedented opportunities for all to enjoy freedom of expression." en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Penn State Law Review en
dc.title Griping, bitching and speaking your mind: defamation and free expression on the internet en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Law & Criminology en
dc.contributor.institution Law and Criminology en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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