• Joelle Fiss

How Germany Accidentally Created A “Digital Berlin Wall”, Which Is Being Exploited by Au



I have co-authored new piece in Foreign Policy with Jacob Mchangama.


Please read the full piece here


It shows how Germany created a “digital Berlin-wall” which is being exploited by authoritarian states.

There are so many legitimate challenges to regulate online speech, such as: terrorist content, incitement to hatred, fake news and cyber-bullying. How to deal with all of these– without censoring speech?

Germany– one of the largest liberal democracies of our times– has cracked down on online speech. But, its actions have been closely watched & copied by authoritarian governments with less noble intentions. These regimes are eager to curb political dissent.

Germany’s Online Crackdowns Inspire the World’s Dictators