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Cyber-Libertarianism: The Case for Real Internet Freedom [Ver 1.0 - Thierer & Szoka]

Cyber-Libertarianism: The Case for Real Internet Freedom [Ver 1.0 - Thierer & Szoka]

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We are attempting to articulate the core principles of cyber-libertarianism to provide the public and policymakers with a better understanding of this alternative vision for ordering the affairs of cyberspace. We invite comments and suggestions regarding how we should refine and build-out this outline. We hope this outline serves as the foundation of a book we hope to pen defending “Real Internet Freedom.”
We are attempting to articulate the core principles of cyber-libertarianism to provide the public and policymakers with a better understanding of this alternative vision for ordering the affairs of cyberspace. We invite comments and suggestions regarding how we should refine and build-out this outline. We hope this outline serves as the foundation of a book we hope to pen defending “Real Internet Freedom.”

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Cyber 
Libertarianism
 
(Ver.
 
1.0)
 
Thierer
 
&
 
Szoka
 
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Cyber
Libertarianism
 
The
 
Case
 
 for 
 
Real 
 
Internet 
 
Freedom
 
Version
 
1.0
Summer
 
2009
 
Adam
 
Thierer
 
&
 
Berin
 
Szoka
 
 
Cyber 
Libertarianism
 
(Ver.
 
1.0)
 
Thierer
 
&
 
Szoka
 
C
YBER
L
IBERTARIANISM
:
 
HE 
 
 ASE 
 
FOR
 
R
EAL
 
NTERNET 
 
REEDOM
 
by
 
 
&
 
 
(
Ver.
 
1.0
 
– 
 
Summer 
 
2009
)
 
We
 
are
 
attempting
 
to
 
articulate
 
the
 
core
 
 principles
 
of 
 
cyber 
libertarianism
 
to
 
 provide
 
the
 
 public
 
and 
 
 policymakers
 
with
 
a
 
better 
 
understanding
 
of 
 
this
 
alternative
 
vision
 
 for 
 
ordering
 
the
 
affairs
 
of 
 
cyberspace.
 
We
 
invite
 
comments
 
and 
 
suggestions
 
regarding
 
how 
 
we
 
should 
 
refine
 
and 
 
build 
out 
 
this
 
outline.
 
We
 
hope
 
this
 
outline
 
serves
 
as
 
the
 
 foundation
 
of 
 
a
 
book 
 
we
 
eventually 
 
want 
 
to
 
 pen
 
defending
 
what 
 
we
 
regard 
 
as
 
“Real 
 
Internet 
 
Freedom.” 
 
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Cyber 
Libertarianism
 
(Ver.
 
1.0)
 
Thierer
 
&
 
Szoka
 
I.
 
W
HAT
 
IS
 
C
YBER
L
IBERTARIANISM
?
 
 A.
 
Definition
 
of 
 
Cyber 
libertarianism
 
Cyber
libertarianism
 
refers
 
to
 
the
 
belief 
 
that
 
individuals—acting
 
in
 
whatever
 
capacity
 
they
 
choose
 
(as
 
citizens,
 
consumers,
 
companies,
 
or
 
collectives)—should
 
be
 
at
 
liberty
 
to
 
pursue
 
their
 
own
 
tastes
 
and
 
interests
 
online.
 
Generally
 
speaking,
 
the
 
cyber
libertarian’s
 
motto
 
is
 
“Live
 
&
 
Let
 
Live”
 
and
 
“Hands
 
Off 
 
the
 
Internet!”
 
The
 
cyber
libertarian
 
aims
 
to
 
minimize
 
the
 
scope
 
of 
 
state
 
coercion
 
in
 
solving
 
social
 
and
 
economic
 
problems
 
and
 
looks
 
instead
 
to
 
voluntary
 
solutions
 
and
 
mutual
 
consent
based
 
arrangements.
 
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
to
 
convenient
 
facade
 
behind
 
which
 
unaccountable
 
elites
 
can
 
impose
 
their
 
will
 
on
 
the
 
rest
 
of 
 
us.
 
B.
 
 Application
 
in
 
Social 
 
&
 
Economic 
 
Contexts
 
The
 
cyber
libertarian
 
draws
 
no
 
distinction
 
between
 
social
 
and
 
economic
 
freedom
 
when
 
applying
 
this
 
vision:
 
 
Social
 
Freedom
:
 
Individuals
 
should
 
be
 
granted
 
liberty
 
of 
 
conscience,
 
thought,
 
opinion,
 
speech,
 
and
 
expression
 
in
 
online
 
environments.
 
 
Economic
 
Freedom
:
 
Individuals
 
should
 
be
 
granted
 
liberty
 
of 
 
contract,
 
innovation,
 
and
 
exchange
 
in
 
online
 
environments.
 
Cyber
libertarians
 
also
 
argue
 
that
 
social
 
and
 
economic
 
freedoms
 
are
 
inextricably
 
intertwined:
 
It
 
is
 
not
 
enough
 
to
 
support
 
liberty
 
of 
 
action
 
in
 
one
 
sphere;
 
foreclosing
 
freedom
 
in
 
one
 
sphere
 
will 
 
eventually
 
affect
 
freedom
 
in
 
the
 
other.
 
C.
 
How 
 
“Code
 
Failures” 
 
 Are
 
to
 
Be
 
 Addressed 
 
The
 
cyber
libertarian
 
believes
 
that
 
“code
 
failures”
 
(the
 
digital
 
equivalent
 
of 
 
so
called
 
“market
 
failures”)
 
are
 
better
 
addressed
 
by
 
voluntary,
 
spontaneous,
 
bottom
up,
 
marketplace
 
responses
 
than
 
by
 
coerced,
 
top
down,
 
governmental
 
solutions.
 
From
 
a
 
practical
 
perspective,
 
the
 
decisive
 
advantage
 
of 
 
the
 
market
driven
 
approach
 
to
 
correcting
 
code
 
failure
 
comes
 
down
 
to
 
the
 
rapidity
 
and
 
nimbleness
 
of 
 
those
 
responses.
 
Stated
 
differently,
 
cyber
libertarians
 
have
 
a
 
strong
 
aversion
 
to
 
the
 
politicization
 
of 
 
technology
 
issues
 
and
 
efforts
 
to
 
replace
 
market
 
processes
 
with
 
bureaucratic
 
processes.
 
Importantly,
 
the
 
cyber
libertarian
 
defines
 
“markets”
 
broadly
 
to
 
include
 
monetary
 
and
 
non
monetary
 
transactions
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
proprietary
 
and
 
non
proprietary
 
modes
 
of 
 
production.
 
To
 
be
 
clear,
 
collaborative,
 
non
proprietary
 
technologies
 
and
 
efforts
 
(
e.g.
,
 
Wikipedia
 
and
 
open
 
source
 
software)
 
are
 
not
 
at
 
odds
 
with
 
cyber
libertarianism.
 
But
 
the
 
cyber
libertarian
 
does
 
reject
 
the
 
notion
 
these
 
models
 
are
 
the
 
only 
 
acceptable
 
model
 
or
 
that
 
they
 
should
 
be
 
imposed
 
on
 
us
 
by
 
law.
 
The
 
proper
 
policy
 
position
 
with
 
regards
 
to
 
the
 
“open
 
vs.
 
closed”
 
or
 
“proprietary
 
vs.
 
non
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