The Arch Enemies of the Internet Defense League


English: Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General ...

English: Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union
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By Art Brodsky – There’s lots of opposition to ITU stepping in because, in the view of many opponents, approval of some proposals could be seen as giving countries like Russia some cover to conduct crackdowns on human rights and political opponents through restrictions on Internet access or surveillance.

The conference at which the ITU proposals may be discussed isn’t happening until December, but Russia decided not to wait. They passed their own law anyway that would allow the government to black list and shut down Web sites for things like child porn (a familiar reason anywhere) but which others say will be used to curb dissent.

Assuming that government remains the enemy, then who should be responsible for censoring and distorting the Internet when needed? The private sector, in the form of the Big Telecom/Media cartel, nominates itself. more> http://tinyurl.com/clxbn4q

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