Battle for online freedom of speech - identity

Lasa Sun

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Facebook profiles and Google IDs are tied to a person's real connections and real name, and increasingly to their activities across cyberspace, forming a single public identity that's an aggregated version of their offline past, the online present and their combined future. The old web, a place where identity could remain separate from real life, is rapidly disappearing from the computer screen. The regulation of authenticity of identity must not mean invasion of free speech, for freedom of speech is not absolute and system of law provides for some limitations on it, especially when freedom of speech stands in opposition to other individual’s int erests or public interests. What’s more, even though social sites may request authentic identity for registration, the freedom still lies in our own hands to choose whether to register or not. Now that our actions on the web are more public, we need to make sure we manage the personal information we publish going forward, so that we can control what others see when looking back. If we have lived a squeaky clean and responsible life, both online and offline, then we have nothing to worry about when using our real identity in cyberspace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE-Technologies and Networks for Development second international conference, ICeND 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 4-6 2013
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherThe Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780985348366
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on e-Technologies and Networks for Development (2nd : 2013) - Kuala Lumpur
Duration: 4 Mar 20136 Mar 2013


ConferenceInternational Conference on e-Technologies and Networks for Development (2nd : 2013)
CityKuala Lumpur

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