International Conference on Internet Hate Speech

ChuckB writes “The AP reports on an international conference held on June 16 in Paris on the question of how to deal with hate speech on the internet. The report notes:

A sticking point was whether the United States, which has championed nearly unfettered free speech, would line up with European countries that have banned racist or anti-Semitic speech in public.

Librarians in the U.S. have traditionally championied free expression of and access to even obnoxious or repellent ideas. Are we right to do so, or should we come into line with European laws? Do such laws infringe upon the mission of libraries? Do any LISNewsters out there know European librarians who have expressed their thoughts on this matter?”