Managing contempt in (or of) the online world
I just posted this to the Fibreculture Ning site. Chris Chesher, Anna Munster, and Geert Lovink have organized a Roundtable today (Dec. 16 2009) at the University of Sydney on “Freedom and control in the Australian Internet.” Another, on the same topic, will take place at the University of NSW on Dec. 19 2009.
News from the land of the Long White Server.
Does control of the Internet fall under the jurisdiction of the courts (in any country)? Talk back radio can come atcha from outside the national radio spectrum, and offshore Internet backchat can talk back to authority with impunity. The loss of boundaries (between private and public, and between the nation state and the global fog of the Internet) is upsetting state control mechanisms.
In New Zealand, the enforcement of suppression orders (say, naming an underage offender) is a current issue. In August 2008, a judge made headlines for “banning news websites from naming two men charged with murder while allowing newspapers, radio stations and TV networks to reveal who they are”.
On 16 Nov. 2009, the Law Commission released a report, “Suppressing Names and Evidence,” that includes a recommendation that ISPs and content hosts who know about a breach of suppression but do not block access to the content should face criminal sanctions.
Earlier this month (Dec. 2009) InternetNZ hosted a seminar on this topic.
Attempts to hold water in a sieve continue.