chapter  4
14 Pages

Regulating Hatred

ByDouglas W Vick

Some see the Internet as an instrument of cultural imperialism, through which American values are exported with little concern for the sensitivities, cultural integrity, or sovereign prerogatives of receiving countries.1 The reluctance of the United States to enter into international agreements on a number of important Internet-related issues in particular has engendered resentment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in connection with the United States’ refusal to co-operate with international efforts to control the global dissemination of hate speech – a somewhat indeterminate category that arguably includes any message that promotes hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or national origin.2