The Declaration Of Internet Freedom: launch of

Announcing The Declaration Of Internet Freedom | Techdirt.2nd July 2012

A title that is self-explanatory, but given the last Russian and Chinese attempts to control the internet (plus the UK with the new Data COmmunication Bill), it is pertinent to the issues of what type of regulation we should push for re cybercrime and beyond.

Russia Plans Internet Censorship Bill (For The Children!); Russian Wikipedia Blacks Out In Protest“, TechDirt 10 July 2012. The Duma, i.e. the Russian Parliament, has voted for the bill on 12 July 2012 with an overwhelming majority, which begs two questions: does the Russian Parliament really believe that cybercrime has an over- whelming presence on the internet (with the irony that most fraud and data theft originates from Russia) to the point it justifies broad censorship? is it really representing the Russian people? See also Freedom of expression made in Russia,post by  Europe of Human Rights, on BlogActiv 12 July 2012; “Russia And China Both Want To ‘Protect Children’; Both Want To Do It By Increasing Censorship” TechDirt, 13 July 2012.

The movement can be put in perspective with other information on the internet: the number of wiretap requests put forward by the US Government for example (see “Gov’t Says They Requested 24,270 Wiretaps In Total; Sprint Alone Says They Received Over 50k Requests” TechDirt 10 July 2012) for which we have information not the least because the US is a democracy that allows knowledge of that type of information (but for how long might become the question?), or the concerns citizens have about their privacy being progressively invaded and eroded (see “The Public Isn’t Buying What The Feds Are Selling When It Comes To Cybersecurity Legislation“, TechDirt, 13 July 2012)

What is intersting is that a EU survey reveals the lack of knowledge about cybersecurity risks but also the vague sense that the risk is real and is linked with theft of personal data. I find it interesting that despite the governments’ claims of cyberthreats, their citizens feel there is a considerable lack of information. After all, people are not easily fooled, are they? Cybercriminalité : des européens inquiets, mais pas prudents.. Données à caractère personnel et paiements en ligne les préoccupent le plus. on BlogActiv 10 July 2012, with a EU survey of 27 000 citizens of the EU. For the official EU commission press release,  http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/751

The whole issue of censorship could be also looked at in light with the following example: “Olympic Level Ridiculousness: You Can’t Link To The Olympics Website If You Say Something Mean About Them“, TechDirt 13 July 2012

and this one “Twitter Forced To Hand Over Occupy Protestor’s Info” TechDirt 02 July 2012

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
This entry was posted in censorship, Countries - China, Countries - UK, Countries - US, EU policy, Filtering, Freedom of speech, Privacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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