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 +Freedom of speech and room for dissent
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 +
 +*Richard Stubbs distinguishes freedom of speech from room for dissent on
 +an information system*\
 +\
 +
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 +
 +#### What does "​freedom of speech within the law" mean?
 +
 +This means people should be able to say what they like within the laws
 +governing speech, in other words people should have the the right to say
 +anything that is not specifically illegal. An example of illegality
 +would be change of the law.\
 +\
 + ​Because of its potential liability as a publisher an online service may
 +also seek to prohibit expression that is against the civil law, such as
 +libel, as well as that which is against statute law.
 +
 +#### What does "room for dissent"​ mean?
 +
 +A. This means that there should be space for people to register
 +disagreement or objection. In the context of an online service it would
 +mean that individual subscribers should be able to publish views through
 +that service that oppose the views of those who control it.
 +
 +#### What is the diffence?
 +
 +A Freedom of speech allows the user to make a point and use space to
 +promote a cause, whether or not it is popular. Room for dissent allows a
 +user to react to the views of those who control the service. The key
 +issue is whether the users or the "​managers"​ set the terms of debate.\
 +\
 + [Back to the Guide to Community Internet](../​pubs/​guide)
 +
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