[Air-L] Corporate censorship of political discourse?

Alex Leavitt alexleavitt at gmail.com
Tue Jul 2 13:52:50 PDT 2013

I guess one good parallel could be Weibo censorship. There was a good
empirical paper published to First Monday last year that documented
deletions: http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3943/3169

On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM, Charles Ess <charles.ess at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear AoIRists,
> I've been asked to develop a presentation on the future of freedom of
> expression in online environments, including discussion of multiple ways in
> which - in addition to whatever governments may be up to in different
> contexts and ways - the private enterprises that increasingly dominate and
> control much of our online spaces and infrastructures censor political
> speech and expression.
> One example passed on to me was of a well-established professional in a
> European country (i.e., not fitting the profile of terrorist, anarchist, or
> even leftist) who posted comments on his/her SNS page critical of the U.S.
> These comments disappeared from the page without notice or explanation.
> I would be very grateful for:
> 1) recommendations for careful studies of such events and phenomena which
> include reliable documentation of their occurrence? (Yes, I realize that
> documenting and studying such episodes would be extremely tricky and
> difficult.)
> And/or
> 2) well documented anecdotes or examples (e.g., as reported in a reliable
> newspaper of record) of such episodes?
> Please send these along offlist.  I will, of course, more than happily
> credit the sources and authors of any examples and resources collected and
> used for the presentation (unless anonymity is requested instead).
> Many thanks in advance,
> - charles ess
> Professor in Media Studies
> Department of Media and Communication
> Director, Centre for Research on Media Innovations
> <http://www.hf.uio.no/imk/english/research/center/media-innovations/>
> University of Oslo
> P.O. Box 1093 Blindern
> NO-0317
> Oslo Norway
> email: c.m.ess at media.uio.no
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