Some argue that the Web has provided us with the technological conditions to create a “libertarian” public space free of constraints and regulations. Is this accurate or just ideological wishful thinking?
For the libertarian case, see “Cyber-Libertarianism: The Case for Internet Freedom“. For some thoughts on the “politics” of the Web, see this blog “Is the Internet Making Us More Libertarian?” See also this article on Slate.com: “The Myth of the Libertarian Internet“.
There is strong evidence that governments are using their powers to regulate how we communicate — and even thwart freedom — on the Web. On the issue of online free speech, see this article in the Economist: “Internet Freedom: free to choose“. Also see this article in The Economist on different national approaches: “The World is What You Make It: Every Country Has Its Own Internet“. Finally see this article “Who Should Run the Internet?“