Dr Teresa M. Bejan, Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, discusses the role of social media in shaping twenty-first century communication, and the effect of the Internet on ‘mere civility’.
We – all human beings – must be free and able to express ourselves, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers.
We require uncensored, diverse, trustworthy media so we can make well-informed decisions and participate fully in political life.
We must be able to protect our privacy and to counter slurs on our reputations, but not prevent scrutiny that is in the public interest.
We must be empowered to challenge all limits to freedom of information justified on such grounds as national security.
We defend the internet and other systems of communication against illegitimate encroachments by both public and private powers.