[NetBehaviour] Irrepressible Info.

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Tue May 30 12:59:19 CEST 2006

Irrepressible Info.

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.


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