A group of engineers who worked in a group codenamed "Operation Echo Chamber" have unveiled their new creation-a "free speech box" which would allow activists to exercise their rights to free speech without interfering with the interests of others-during a conference in the Hotel Tsuyuha yesterday evening.
The lead engineer of Operation Echo Chamber, Dr. John Riley, describes the free speech box as a "mobile free-speech zone" which could be deployed at protests to facilitate free speech.
The free speech box is a large opaque black metal box lined with sound proof foam which includes one single door that could be locked from the outside. Protestors seeking to exercise their rights to free speech would enter the box through the door. Then, the door would be closed and locked securely, providing a safe space for activists to voice their opinions on hot button issues, Riley said.
Supporters of the deployment of the free speech box have praised it as the best way of facilitating speech since the advent of the internet.
Willson Wagner is the president of Free Speech Box Now, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of free speech boxes at rallies and protests around the world.
"The free speech box is a wonderful invention;" said Wagner, "we social activists have always waited for the day when we could be able to express our opinions in a silent, calm and socially acceptable way. And the free speech box is the answer to our wishes."