Free Speech vs. Control

A recent conference in Paris discussed how to manage the increasing flow of racist remarks on the internet. France and the U.S. had quite different views on the topic. On one side, France wanted some control of the flow of information, and on the other side, the U.S. took the stance of free speech.

For once, I completely agree with the U.S. opinion.

“Beyond the principle of freedom of expression, it is quite possible for us—that is, participating states, NGOs, representatives of the [computer] industry and the governments—to exchange good practices in order to better support the victims of these racist websites” – Source

Voltaire said it, and I’ll repeat it: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”