The Transformation of the Idea of Internet Freedom in the XXIst Century

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The article analyzes the theoretical approaches that have developed in relation to the issues of control and freedom of the Internet space, including copyright regulation and its gradual transformation as the digital environment develops and changes. Special attention is given to the values underpinning the principles of regulation are determined. If initially the dominant notion was that the Internet would ensure humanity a new free world, then later the discourse shifted to much less optimistic views and topics the issue of network regulation, technical and legal restrictions, censorship and data protection. Most recent academic literature is devoted to the practical side of the issue, and the issue of values has faded into the background. As a result, the discussion has lost significant context: issues of freedom and human rights in the Internet environment, discussion of what is really important for society - security or the absence of restrictions, the problem of users’ trust in the state and platforms.

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Ivan I. Zassoursky

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2524-6168

PhD in Philology, Head of the Department of New Media and Communication Theory, Faculty of Journalism

9 Mokhovaya St, Moscow, 125009, Russian Federation

Nataliia D. Trishchenko

Lomonosov Moscow State University

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6834-6206

PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, the Department of New Media and Communication Theory, Faculty of Journalism

9 Mokhovaya St, Moscow, 125009, Russian Federation


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