[Kuzu Ahmed, Internet Freedom Contributor]
Mail.com: Large Internet information services companies, digital players and Internet activists are warning G8 countries meeting in Paris this week, that if politicians continue to attempt to limit internet access and censor information sharing on the Internet, those restrictions will become increasingly irrelevant as they will be deliberately circumvented.
Recent times have seen increasing resistance from the large Internet information services companies like Google and Twitter as well as Internet activists who together have poured cold water on politicians’ censorships on the Internet, which they claim are in contravention of the human right of freedom of expression.
The message was discussed among the leaders of the Group of Eight – eight of the world’s most influential countries – which began a meeting in France on Thursday to discuss the impact of the Arab uprising which seem to have been enabled by the Internet.
According to Jean-Francois Julliard of Reporters Without Borders: “G-8 governments should say very clearly for once that Internet access is a fundamental human right.” He says that more than 60 countries have Internet restrictions in activity and many are following suit.
Additionally, Tony Wang, the general manager of the social networking site Twitter, said that Internet censorship is self-defeating and commented that: “the response to bad speech should be more speech.”
- Activists warn G8 leaders against Web restrictions (seattlepi.com)
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- Civil Society Statement To the E-G8 and G8 (tech.slashdot.org)
- France Lobbies G8 for Internet Control and Censorship (censorshipinamerica.com)
- France lobbies G8 for Internet control and censorship (boingboing.net)
- Chaos of Internet Will Meet French Sense of Order (nytimes.com)
- Nicolas Sarkozy Gives Tech Entrepreneurs A Big Smooch, Stays Vague On Policy (businessinsider.com)
- Sarkozy’s false-flag E-G8 attracts withering scorn (boingboing.net)
- G8 agenda calls for “civilized Internet”: monitored, governed, controlled, taxed (g8internet.com)
- Twitter boss warns UK tweeters (bbc.co.uk)
- Shoe Thrower Attacks Father of Chinese Internet Censorship (globalspin.blogs.time.com)
- Baidu, China sued in U.S. for Internet censorship (theglobeandmail.com)
- Freedom House: Internet Censorship Circumvention Tools Effective, Lack Security (censorshipinamerica.com)
- China, Baidu Sued In U.S. For Internet Censorship (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mark Belinsky: France Tries to Conquer the Internet (huffingtonpost.com)
- Tunisian Blogger Resigns From Government Over Internet Censorship (censorshipinamerica.com)