New Government Report: U.S. Initiatives to Promote Global Internet Freedom: Issues, Policy, and Technology (ISBN: 9780788131979)

May 27, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

U.S. Initiatives to Promote Global Internet Freedom: Issues, Policy, and Technology (ISBN: 9780788131979)
By Patricia Moloney Figliola (Paperback, 23 pages, 2010, $20)

U.S. Internet firms have fared poorly in China, which censors content and blocks many foreign websites, including popular social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube, Reuters reports. In March, Google Inc shut its mainland Chinese-language portal and began rerouting searches to its Hong Kong site, after suffering a sophisticated cyber-attack that it said came from within China.

Hardware and Internet services, in and of themselves, are neutral elements of the Internet; it is how they are implemented by various countries that is repressive. Internet services are often tailored for deployment to specific countries; however, such tailoring is done to bring the company in line with the laws of that country, not with the intention of allowing the country to repress and censor its citizenry.

This report provides information regarding the role of U.S. and other foreign companies in facilitating Internet censorship by repressive regimes overseas. Sections: Examination of repressive policies in China and Iran; U.S. laws; U.S. policies to promote Internet freedom; and Private sector initiatives. Describes technology for censorship, and circumvention of government restrictions.

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