Freedom online: an introduction

Censorship, cyberbullying and trolling - whether we realise it or not most of us have faced this at one time or another. But in the digital age where do we draw the line between protecting our citizens from harm and taking away freedom of speech? Who should get to make these decisions? Click here to view related teaching resources.

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