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Exploring the social implications of freedom of speech on the internet

By Gwenyth Andrusiak

Abstract

Freedom of speech is one of the most basic rights given to citizens of the United States. Over the years, courts have defined what is considered speech and what speech and forms of expression are protected and from whom. These definitions have evolved with each new form of media, from print to radio to television, however the Internet has presented a unique challenge to regulate given its international nature. Using the legal definitions of protected and unprotected speech, this paper will explore the different perceptions of freedom of speech online and offline, how these definitions have evolved to encompass the Internet, and the unique issues that the Internet presents to protecting and regulating speech. Using the evolving legal definition this paper will attempt to illustrate how communication has changed in the United States and what this change will mean for freedom of speech as the Internet becomes a larger part of our lives

Topics: Science and Technology Studies
Publisher: DigitalCommons@EMU
Year: 2020
OAI identifier: oai:commons.emich.edu:honors-1663
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