Online Freedom of Speech May Be in Peril: Pew

IMG_0035Negative interactions on the Web — trolling, cyberbullying, harassment and just plain nastiness — have become commonplace, and this situation is likely to remain unchanged or worsen over the next decade, suggests a report the Pew Research Center released Wednesday. Pew and Elon University last summer polled more than 1,500 technology experts, academics, and business and government leaders on the future of free speech online. Forty-two percent of the survey respondents expected future online interactions to be about the same as they are today, while 39 percent expected that negative activities would take a further toll. Nineteen percent were more optimistic, predicting that online harassment, trolling and distrust will be less characteristic in the future than they are today. The survey responses suggest four major conclusions:…..Read More

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