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The web is a great tool for sharing ideas and freedom of expression. However, efforts to try and control the Internet are growing. Internet repression is reported in countries like China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria. People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for criticising their government, calling for democracy and greater press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses, online.

But Internet repression is not just about governments. IT companies have helped build the systems that enable surveillance and censorship to take place. Yahoo! have supplied email users’ private data to the Chinese authorities, helping to facilitate cases of wrongful imprisonment. Microsoft and Google have both complied with government demands to actively censor Chinese users of their services.

Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. It is one of the most precious of all rights. We should fight to protect it. Amnesty International have a campaign to fight towards this goal and if people sign their pledge on internet freedom and undermine censorship then a lot of people around the world will have a hope of taking back their basic human rights.



Posted by Lawrence at 7/20/2006 1:03:00 PM | 6 comments | Share

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mike2590 (Level 1 Thug) at 7/25/2006 10:41:00 AM

*Yawn* sounds like someone is trying to protect his illegal movie stash!

Yeah, I sympathize with your cause, but honestly anyone who actually cares about "internet freedom" is really more concerned with sustaining their illegal or distasteful Internet practices.  However, I fall into that group, so you can count my name on that list.   But think about it, how many Johnny Uptight’s are there? How many people have never used the Internet for distasteful practices; and if these people do exist, do they really care whether the Internet becomes restrained or not?  Why would Susan the soccer-mom care if her “top secret yam recipe” gets to her other soccer-mom friends a little slower?

 

Just think about it and then look at how you use the Internet.  Do you really have philanthropy on the mind, or are you just standing up for number one?  Take a long hard look at yourself as a person and then decide if you are ready to crusade against Internet oppression.

 

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lilhawk2892 (Level 1 Depressed) at 7/23/2006 6:44:00 PM

im not posotive but arent the countries you listed communist or have a bad goverement sorry if im wrong just asking anyways ,

i dont think things like that will happen here in canada you shoot someone in the head ,

you get (metaphorikly speaking)a tap on the wrist and a small dont do it again speech?

so saying something bad about the goverment is nothing..

i know im not the best speller :)


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Akira (Level 5 Sniper) at 7/22/2006 4:55:00 PM
sigh. alright then. i suppose i should read things properly before badmouthing them :D

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Lawrence (Level 10 Operative) at 7/22/2006 2:30:00 AM
@Akira: If you sign their pledge it's virtually impossible to miss these couple of paragraphs which are in large text to the right hand side of the form:

"In November 2006, governments and companies from all over the world will attend a UN conference to discuss the future of the Internet. You can help us send a clear message to them that people everywhere believe the Internet should be a force for political freedom, not repression.

We will present the total number at the conference. The more people who sign up, the louder our voice."


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space2 (Level 2 Flatfoot) at 7/22/2006 2:05:00 AM
And governments cannot do anything, if people don't vote them, so government will do what people want... at least in a perfect society... but where can we find one ...

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Akira (Level 5 Sniper) at 7/21/2006 10:13:00 PM
i hate to say it but amnesty international can't do anything without a government to back them up...

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