Technolibertarianism (sometimes referred to as cyberlibertarianism) is a political philosophy with roots in the Internet's early hacker cypherpunk culture in Silicon Valley in the early 1990s and in American libertarianism.[1][2][3] The philosophy focuses on minimizing government regulation, censorship or anything else in the way of a "free" World Wide Web. In this case the word "free" is referring to the meaning of libre (no restrictions) not gratis (no cost). Cyber-libertarians embrace fluid, meritocratic hierarchies (which are believed to be best served by markets). The most widely known cyberlibertarian is Julian Assange.[4][5] The term technolibertarian was popularized in critical discourse by technology writer Paulina Borsook.[6][7][8][9]

Technolibertarian principles are defined as:

Notable proponents

See also



  1. ^ Dahlberg, Lincoln (2016). "Cyberlibertarianism". The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. doi:10.1002/9781405165518.wbeos0720.
  2. ^ Dahlberg, Lincoln (2017). "Cyberlibertarianism". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.70.
  3. ^ Dahlberg, Lincoln (2019). "Cyberlibertarianism". The Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies. Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ Jurgenson, N. (2014). [1]. International Journal of Communication
  5. ^ Tariq, O. The End of Digital Libertarianism? Archived 2018-01-17 at the Wayback Machine. London School of Economics
  6. ^ Borsook, P. (2000). Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High Tech. PublicAffairs. ISBN 1891620789.
  7. ^ Borsook, P. (2001). Cyberselfish: Ravers, Guilders, Cyberpunks, And Other Silicon Valley Life-Forms. Yale Journal of Law and Technology, 3(1): 1–10.
  8. ^ Jordan, Tim. Taylor, Paul. (2013). Hacktivism and Cyberwars: Rebels with a Cause? Routledge. ISBN 1134510756.
  9. ^ Jurgenson, N. (2009). Globalization and Utopia. Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited

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