Ethical Implications of Uncensorability

Can anyone point me to material (books, articles, YouTube videos, etc.) exploring the ethical implications of an uncensorable Internet? I’ve supported MAID for several years in various ways, but I admit a part of me has always held back, unable to fully get past some of the implications of an uncensorable project like MAID (and I guess this extends to all crypto, BTC included, but fsr MAID seems like the paragon).

What happens if the entire world gets easy exposure to dark net capabilities? I believe in what David Irvine said recently (I think?) in response to this subject—I recall him saying something like, Yes, everything will be allowed. But it will be freedom in the same sense that everyone is allowed to drive on public roads, without discrimination or prejudice. (Apologies if I mauled this …)

But, imo the elephant in the room in these discussions, is something like child porn.

I think the central question is: Why do we truly believe uncensorable communications/media will be a net-positive? Will it necessarily be so?

If anyone could point me to resources that explore this issue, I’d appreciate it. Quality fiction pieces great, too.

Many thanks.


I can’t help with resources and won’t get into a discussion on this for reasons of time, but I’d like to pose a couple of questions, just as food for thought:

  • what would the effect of censorship be on child porn, or more to the point, children being sexually abused by adults?

  • to what extent do we tend to assume that censoring something bad actually helps those affected by it, or does it have other effects such as hiding it from our view, and not having to deal with it?

  • might being unable to censor this actually provide motivation to tackle the activity rather than just hide it from view?

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This topic is good for these discussions

Closing this topic and can you repost or continue there please.

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