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The slide from self-regulation to corporate censorship

Published: 25.09.2011

Self-regulation has traditionally been used in the Internet sector to permit companies in the fast-moving technology world to manage their networks efficiently in a way which gives flexible protection to their networks and protects consumers from problems like spam. Now, increasing coercion of Internet intermediaries to police and punish their own consumers is being implemented under the flag of “self-regulation” even though it is not regulation – it is policing – and it is not “self-” because it is their consumers and not themselves that are being policed