Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The BBC on Web Censorship

The growth of online censorship is one of the most ominous trends of the last decade. The BBC recently took a look at this disturbing development:

Over a decade after the internet really began to take off, most countries' leaders recognise the desirability of being online, says Daniel Whitener of the World Wide Web consortium.

"They recognise it, if nothing else, as a critical avenue for commerce," he explains.

"What comes along with that commercial avenue though is access to quite a bit of information that can be quite threatening to authoritarian regimes."

And the ways that different countries have attempted to combat this threat are numerous.

Read the rest here.


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