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Meatspaces, Cyberspaces, and (Relative) Expressive Freedom

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  1. Ok, I agree, but the intro is non-controversial. The reporter, (Anick Jesdanun) used the concept of a “public park” as an idealized free-speech oasis where time, space and manner restrictions don’t apply. Had Jesdanun started, “Your speech rights are haphazardly guaranteed in cyberspace, just as they are in semi-public real world spaces” the reader would have probably come away from the article accepting the status quo.

    I take issue with this stock cliche in paragraph 4: “possible remedies, including government regulation, can be worse than the symptoms.”

    What are the possible remedies? None are listed. We can start with due process, which is what I called for with PONAR (Protocol for Online Abuse Reporting). It’s wrong for MySpace to contact GoDaddy to kill a domain, when the webmaster, by all indications from the article, would have been available to answer their request.