illian C. York will discuss her book, Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism (published with Verso Books in 2021).
Who decides what is permissible on the internet: Politicians? Mark Zuckerberg? Users? Who determines when political debate becomes hate speech? How does this impact our identity or our ability to create communities and to protest? Silicon Values reports on the war for digital rights and how major corporations—Facebook, Twitter, Google and Tiktok—threaten democracy as they harvest our personal data in the pursuit of profit.
York will discuss the current tensions related to content moderation and free expression online.