Tech Liberation Front Defines Cyber-Libertarianism: The Case for Real Internet Freedom

Adam Thierer and Berin Szoka at the Tech Liberation Front have outlined a first draft defining what it is to be a cyber-libertarian:

Cyber-libertarians believe true “Internet freedom” is freedom from state action; not freedom for the State to reorder our affairs to supposedly make certain people or groups better off or to improve some amorphous “public interest”—an all-too-convenient facade behind which unaccountable elites can impose their will on the rest of us.

I try to close the door to what they’d call “collectivism” by recalling the private underpinnings of this medium. I post files to a private computer, connected to a private network, which others access at their own choosing.  Where does public interest  enter this scenario of files on private machines?

Yes, some regulators would hold that any capability for mass communication, especially one so widely distributed, should be regulated for public good. But the Constitution’s Amendment for freedom of the press seems suited to protect just such communication from the helpful hand of state control.

2 Responses to "Tech Liberation Front Defines Cyber-Libertarianism: The Case for Real Internet Freedom"

  • Brando

    September 1, 2009

    Nice idea for an org; too bad their look-and-feel entirely undercuts their message by appearing like a communist outpost. That isn’t freedom, that oppression in the name of the people.

  • battery-stores

    May 21, 2010

    Your article is good, I like it very much!
    Your point is very positive.

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