November 27, 2012

How Much Freedom do You Really Have Online?

Kate Russell, The Next Web

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If you live in the West the answer to the question ‘How much freedom do you really have online?’ is probably ‘quite a lot’. But this month I learned that the freedom TO speak doesn’t always lead to being free AFTER you speak, when I met journalists and campaigners at the 7th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

“The Internet may not be a human right but it is fundamental to the exercise of human rights, expression and access to information and exchange. If someone takes the Internet away from you that is a violation of your human rights of expression.” - Vint Cerf speaking at the Internet Governance Forum 2012

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TAGGED: The Internet, Web, Freedom