Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

Timothy Garton Ash

One of the great political writers of our time offers a manifesto for global free speech in the digital age

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Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 05/24/2016
Pages: 504
ISBN-13: 9780300161168
ISBN-10: 0300161166
Language: English

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Named one of the Best Books of 2016 by The Economist Winner of the 2016 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award "A powerful, comprehensive book."--The Economist "Wise, up-to-the-minute and wide-ranging. . . . encourages us to take a breath, look hard at the facts, and see how well-tried liberal principles can be applied and defended in daunting new circumstances."--Edmund Fawcett, New York Times Book Review Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression. If we have Internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. Never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal waves of abuse. A pastor burns a Koran in Florida and UN officials die in Afghanistan. Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, Timothy Garton Ash argues that in this connected world that he calls cosmopolis, the way to combine freedom and diversity is to have more but also better free speech. Across all cultural divides we must strive to agree on how we disagree. He draws on a thirteen-language global online project--freespeechdebate.com--conducted out of Oxford University and devoted to doing just that. With vivid examples, from his personal experience of China's Orwellian censorship apparatus to the controversy around Charlie Hebdo to a very English court case involving food writer Nigella Lawson, he proposes a framework for civilized conflict in a world where we are all becoming neighbors.

About Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash is Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford; Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He is the winner of the 2017 Cha

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