World Economic Forum Panelist Calls for ‘Recalibration’ of Freedom of Speech 

The “recalibration” will create a “safer digital future.”

  • Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman spoke about changing freedom of speech during comments at the World Economic Forum, according to The National Pulse.
  • Inman’s comments came Monday while speaking on a panel in Davos focused on “Ushering in a Safer Digital Future.”
  • During her address, the former Twitter executive told the assembled group of some of the wealthiest people in the world that “we’re going to have to think about a recalibration of a whole range of human rights.”
  • “We are finding ourselves in a place where we have increasing polarization everywhere, and everything feels binary when it doesn’t need to be,” the Australian official said.
  • “So I think we’re going to have to think about a recalibration of a whole range of human rights that are playing out online – from freedom of speech, to be free from online violence,” Inman went on to say. “Or the right of data protection, to the right of child dignity.”
  • As part of her job as Australia’s eSafety Commission, Inman appears to be part of a board that defines its purpose as “help[ing] safeguard all Australians from online harms and to promote safer, more positive online experiences.”
  • “We prevent online harm by developing resources and programs based on robust evidence; We protect Australians and alleviate harm with our regulatory and reporting schemes; and we are proactive in minimizing harms with initiatives that make our digital environments safer and more inclusive,” adds its mission statement.
  • Prior to her position as part of an Australian government entity, Inman served as the Director of Public Policy for Twitter in Australia and South East Asia.
  • The World Economic Forum’s conference comes on the heels of a “pause” being put on the United States’ Disinformation Governance Board. The board was put on hold due to backlash toward leader Nina Jankowicz.