Balancing Internet Democracy with Greater Accountability
The internet is clearly one of the most powerful enablers in modern history. Like all breakthrough innovations, it is subject to abuse – being used for purposes not intended. As a consequence, we are already witnessing many human tragedies – harassment, bullying, hate speech, incitement to discrimination, terrorist radicalisation and “fake news”. Unabated, these diminish the standing and potential of the internet, erode trust, and degrade human sensibility.
Dan Shefet, together with the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID) asks: should we sit back and say “that’s just the way it is”, or do we come together to find a workable solution to what is clearly a scourge? While we continue to defend free speech, should we not demand greater accountability especially from those who drive the internet and benefit most from it such as the global Internet Service Providers (ISPs)? Whose responsibility is it to protect us against hate speech, defamation, denigration, harassment and terror? Is it time for an awakening – for a new international convention based on collective responsibility? Is an international internet ombudsman a possible answer to this global challenge?
22 Nov 2017
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive
Level 2 Auditorium
About Our Panellists
Mr Dan Shefet
President of the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID)