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Web censorship moves to democracies

Source: Elizabeth Flock, Washington Post

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said in a conference Monday that he thought governments’ restriction of new media was likely only to get worse in reaction to the protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

But new data and filtering schemes show an alarming trend by democratic governments and businesses to censor what’s online, too.

New July-December 2010 data from the Google Transparency Report confirms the trend of increasing Web censorship in democratic nations. The data shows that governments such as Germany, the U.K., and Brazil, make thousands of takedown requests every year, and countries like India and Italy made specific requests to remove videos criticizing senior government members.

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Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet

Source: Nate Anderson, Ars Technica

Get ready for international Internet regulation; top leaders from the US, UK, and France are making increasingly public statements about their plans to draft new rules that will make the ‘Net more secure and will crack down on copyright infringers.

Such discussions have been ongoing for years, but in dilatory and fragmented fashion. Hague now wants to formalize and accelerate the discussions—”we need to get the ball rolling faster!”

The goal is nothing less than “to discuss norms of acceptable behaviour in cyber-space” and “bringing countries together to explore mechanisms for giving such standards real political and diplomatic weight.”

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