ETHICOMP 2018 presentation in Sopot, Poland


I presented a paper titled ‘Hate speech recognition AI – a new method for censorship?’ (Heimo, Naskali & Kimppa 2018) at Ethicomp 2018 this Monday. The paper looks at the problems of modern governmental censorship using AI. In it we argue that there is no major ethical theory in which the censorship itself is justified, and that the use of AI in censoring hate speech is an immoral act in...

Mill’s four Grounds for Freedom of Speech


Freedom of Speech is generally regarded as a basic and indivisible human right. It is that, of course, but it is also the basis of western liberal society, and there are important rational arguments for it. Perhaps the most coherent defense of Freedom of Speech is John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, which is based on Utilitarianism, the idea that good is whatever makes the most people happy. His...

The Harm Principle in Net Censorship


John Stuart Mill is considered one of the most famous advocates of free speech. He was an English philosopher, political economist and civil cervant.1 In his Essay, On Liberty, he argues that one should be able to freely discuss any doctrine, no matter how immoral. “If the arguments of the present chapter are of any validity, there ought to exist the fullest liberty of professing and discussing...