A Millian framework for deciding what to share online

Some books from my personal Mill libraryAs the online world becomes even more deeply integrated into our everyday lives, everyone needs to think through what exactly they should be sharing online and where to draw the line.

I have been thinking about this issue by taking John Stuart Mill’s views on the freedom of speech and action as a basis. His famous harm principle, formulated in On Liberty (1859), argues that “the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection” (On Liberty, The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill (CW), volume XVIII, p. 223). Continue reading