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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

U.S. Policy to Address Internet Freedom


“The State Department’s policy, a year in the making, has been bogged down by fierce debates over which projects it should support, and even more basically, whether to view the Internet primarily as a weapon to topple repressive regimes or as a tool that autocrats can use to root out and crush dissent. . . .

Ron Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, said that governments had been shifting from blocking the Internet to hacking and disabling it. Even in the United States, he noted, the Senate is considering a bill that would allow the president to switch off the Internet in the event of a catastrophic cyberattack.” (New York Times)

“Policy” and “Freedom” don’t go together any better in cyberspace than in real life.

FEE Timely classic

Net Neutrality or Government Brutality?” by Adam B. Summers