Friday, November 18, 2005

Enemies of the Internet Best Of

The World Summit in Tunesia is a great moment to market your opinion (and some facts): Reporters without Borders has published The 15 enemies of the Internet and other countries to watch. A webpage of background on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly sans the Good:
The 15 “enemies” are the countries that crack down hardest on the Internet, censoring independent news sites and opposition publications, monitoring the Web to stifle dissident voices, and harassing, intimidating and sometimes imprisoning Internet users and bloggers who deviate from the regime’s official line.

The “countries to watch” do not have much in common with the "enemies of the Internet." The plight of a Chinese Internet user, who risks prison by mentioning human rights in an online forum, does not compare with the situation of a user in France or the United States. Yet many countries that have so far respected online freedom seem these days to want to control the Internet more. Their often laudable aims include fighting terrorism, paedophilia and Internet-based crime, but the measures sometimes threaten freedom of expression.

I guess fighting copyright infringement is an Internet-based crime, or not considered laudable...
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