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Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression. If we have Internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. Never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal waves of abuse. A pastor burns a Koran in Florida and UN officials die in Afghanistan. Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, Timothy Garton Ash argues that in this connected world that he calls cosmopolis, the way to combine freedom and diversity is to have more but also better free speech.
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Timothy Garton Ash is a British historian, author and commentator. He is Professor of European Studies at Oxford University. Much of his work has been concerned with the late modern and contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe. He has written about the Communist regimes of that region, their experience with the secret police, the Revolutions of 1989 and the transformation of the former Eastern Bloc states into member states of the European Union. He has examined the role of Europe and the challenge of combining freedom and diversity, especially in relation to free speech.
Free Speech, Ten Principles for a Connected World (2016), Facts Are Subversive (2009), Free World (2004), History of the Present: Essays, Sketches and Despatches from Europe in the 1990s (2000), The File: A Personal Story (1997), In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993), We the People: The Revolution of ’89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (1990), The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of Central Europe (1989), The Polish Revolution: Solidarity (1983).
Timothy Garton Ash’s website