Some information is too dangerous to be on the internet

Vincent C. Müller
University of Leeds
This paper investigates a problem about freedom of information. Although freedom of information is generally considered desirable, there are a number of areas where there is substantial agreement that freedom of information should be limited. After a certain ordering of the landscape, I argue that we need to add the category of "dangerous" information and that this category has gained a new quality in the context of current information technology, specifically the Internet. This category includes information the use of which would be morally wrong as well as some of what may be called "corrupting" information. Some such information should not be spread at all and some should be very limited in its spread.
Keywords censorship  corruption  dangerous information  freedom of information  illegal information  intellectual property  secrets  spread of information  information  risk
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DOI 10.1145/1215937.1215939
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