MARCH 12: WORLD DAY AGAINST CYBER CENSORSHIP 2013


“A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.” (source: Take Action)

Since 2008, March 12 is: World Day Against Cyber Censorship upon the innovative announcement by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International.

Today a free web faces two major challenges:

1- The governments around the world who block or limit access of their nations to any unfavorable online source, this type of censorship is widely recognized and every year different reports being published by freedom activists  to highlight latest updates on internet censorship around globe. Here please find: “Internet Enemies Report 2012”. 

According to Reporters Without Borders: SPECIAL REPORT ON INTERNET SURVEILLANCE, FOCUSING ON 5 GOVERNMENTS AND 5 COMPANIES “ENEMIES OF THE INTERNET

2013 Enemies of the Internet (countries):

• Bahrain

• China

• Iran

• Syria

• Vietna

2- Changing the way of governing the internet administration is another risk being initiated by United Nations (UN) through the International Telecommunication Union(ITU).

We are hearing more and more reports, saying that the UN is proposing a massive takeover of the Internet through the ITU (The International Telecommunication Union). Essentially, the ITU is hoping to regulate Internet international commerce and even threaten free speech. The Google ‘Take Action’ page explains:

Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech — or even allow them to cut off Internet access.

Other proposals would require services like YouTube, Facebook, and Skype to pay new tolls in order to reach people across borders. This could limit access to information — particularly in emerging markets.

Imagine trying to contact your mother in France, or your brother in Afghanistan …but you have to pay obscene ITU fees, because your Skype session is going across borders. Your fees will be padding the pockets of corrupt, third world dictators.

Essentially, the Google webpage states that there is a general growing trend for dictatorial control over the Internet. The statistics are quite alarming.

There is a growing backlash on Internet freedom. Forty-two countries filter and censor content. In just the last two years, governments have enacted 19 new laws threatening online free expression.

“Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.

Noam Chomsky”

MARCH 12: WORLD DAY AGAINST CYBER CENSORSHIP 2013

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