What is the internet?

John Naughton discusses the state of the internet, net neutrality and private companies.

Journalist and author John Naughton describes what the internet is, and what role private corporations play in shaping it. He characterises these private superpowers of the net as private spaces with invisible walls, questioning their suitability for free speech. He then discusses internet governance, net neutrality and the role of anonymity.

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Free Speech Debate is a research project of the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom at St Antony's College in the University of Oxford. www.freespeechdebate.ox.ac.uk

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