​Katharine Gelber - Free Speech in the Digital Age

Wednesday 22 May 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 22 May 2019 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued. If you have purchased a ticket and book both will be at the door under your surname.

Join Katharine Gelber for the launch of Free Speech in the Digital Age.

This collection of thirteen new essays is the first to examine, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, how the new technologies and global reach of the Internet are changing the theory and practice of free speech. The rapid expansion of online communication, as well as the changing roles of government and private organizations in monitoring and regulating the digital world, give rise to new questions, including: How do philosophical defences of the right to freedom of expression, developed in the age of the town square and the printing press, apply in the digital age? Should search engines be covered by free speech principles? How should international conflicts over online speech regulations be resolved? Is there a right to be forgotten that is at odds with the right to free speech/ How has the internet facilitated new speech-based harms such as cyber-stalking, twitter-trolling, and revenge porn, and how should these harms be addressed?

Katharine Gelber is the Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. She is a Professor of Politics and Public Policy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, and a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2012-2015). Her expertise is in freedom of speech and speech regulation, with research projects into the operation of hate speech laws, and the effects of counter-terrorism policies on freedom of speech. She has published Free Speech After 9/11 and has recently completed, with Luke McNamara, a project assessing the impact of hate speech laws on public discourse in Australia. In 2014 she and Prof Luke McNamara were awarded the Mayer journal article prize by the Australian Political Studies Association for the best article in the Australian Journal of Political Science, an article on the Australian hate speech case known as the ‘Bolt case’. In 2011 she published Speech Matters: How to Get Free Speech Right which was a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards 2011 (Literature Non-Fiction category). In 2011 she was awarded the PEN Keneally award for contributions to freedom of expression. She has recently published articles in journals including Law and Society Review, Political Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, Melbourne University Law Review, Review of International Studies, and the Australian Journal of Human Rights. She is a past President of the Australian Political Studies Association, and Chair of the Local Committee for the 2018 World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Brisbane.