Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis

September 25, 2016

The Democratization of Censorship

This post was originally published on this siteJohn Gilmore, an American entrepreneur and civil libertarian, once famously quipped that “the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” This notion undoubtedly rings true for those who see national governments as the principal threats to free speech. However, events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely powerful cyber weapons with transnational reach. More than 20 years after Gilmore first coined that turn of phrase, his […]