The Race Between Technology and Oppression
By David Henderson
Will Twitter Undercut Censorship?
Although I know my vote doesn’t matter and I agree with Bryan Caplan about most of his criticisms of democracy, I’m somewhat of a political junkie. So I’ve been on line all evening watching the highlights of Canada’s federal election. I couldn’t get any results until the polls closed in British Columbia because of a 1938 federal law that prohibits people from spreading news about election results until the polls in the West have closed.
Have they heard of Twitter? Actually, yes. And the government announced in advance that it plans to prosecute those who tweeted before 7:00 p.m. PDT. Will Twitter undercut censorship? We’ll see.
HT to Peter Holle.