The Future of Internet Freedom by Eric E. Schmidt (Google) and Jared Cohen (Google Ideas)

Posted in: Governance at 13/03/2014 03:46

by Eric E. Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, the director of Google Ideas, are the authors of "The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses and Our Lives"

Over the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet. The biggest increases will be in societies that, according to the human rights group Freedom House, are severely censored: places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse.

The details aren't pretty. In Russia, the government has blocked tens of thousands of dissident sites; at times, all WordPress blogs and Russian Wikipedia have been blocked. In Vietnam, a new law called Decree 72 makes it illegal to digitally distribute content that opposes the government, or even to share news stories on social media. And in Pakistan, sites that were available only two years ago -- like Tumblr, Wikipedia and YouTube -- are increasingly replaced by unconvincing messages to "Surf Safely."
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/opinion/the-future-of-internet-freedom.html

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