In this Section:
Theory and Practice of Freedom of Expression
Friday, October 19
1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107
1020 East 58th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
This public dialogue series, supported by the Censorship, Information Control, and Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet research project at the Neubauer Collegium, brings together scholars of print revolutions past and present with practitioners working on the frontiers of today’s information revolution. These events will not be formal panels with presented papers, but freeform discussions in which experts bounce ideas off each other, discovering rich parallels between our work and sharing them in real time. Taking place from October through November, the eight dialogues will unite historians, editors, novelists, poets, and activists, and will be filmed and shared online, to let the public enjoy and continue the discussions. For more details on the series and related events, please visit voices.uchicago.edu/censorship.
October 19: Theory and Practice of Freedom of Expression
One of the thorniest faces of free speech debate is the tension between free expression as an abstract principle and kinds of speech that harm, such as hate speech, incitements to violence, or uses of information which can cause economic damage or threaten security or privacy. And technologies change how information can move, and harm. This week we put a historian of the earliest post-printing-press debates over free speech in dialogue with a historian of the information practices of hate groups in America.
Kathleen Belew (use of technologies by modern US hate groups)
David Copeland (history and origins of free speech debates)
Cory Doctorow in person (digital information policy)