-Here is a brief overview of what the internet censorship debate entails-As innovators continue to create new ways for people to share information and communicate, the debate continues over internet censorship-Especially with the rise of technology
POV’s-somewhat opposing, will they ever come to an acceptable agreement?
ICT-Information & Communications Technology sector
Global Network Initiative
-Christine, Chon and Kristen will now break down some of the issues introduced in the article with this debate
Internet Regulations- It is basically restricting or controlling access to certain aspects of information. –censorship of dataAbout-congress is trying to pass legislation that threatens free speech on the Internet, under the antipiracy efforts.Risk-The proposed infrastructure would damage the security of the Internet and allow the government extensive censorship abilitiesResult-Your favorite websites could be blocked on a single infringement claim, without any due process of law.Done-The US will be able to block a site’s web traffic using the same website censorship methods used by China, Iran, and Syria.Piracy- Piracy is a problem but there are better ways to address it, knowledge and creativity-or give the US unchecked power over the global Internet.Petition- President Obama wanted other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated in Congress would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.Sources-wikipedia.org, internetsociety.org, americancensorship.org, mozilla.org, demandprogress.orgWhat if foreign government use of information was not known prior to providing the information? Would this be enforceable under the proposed law from Rep. Chris Smith’s introduced bill?
1.The Internet society works to give us 3 key aspects of the Internet be retained, regardless of how the network and its underlying protocols evolveThe Bill- the point of the bill is to try to stop US companies from supplying tools of online censorship and oppression to repressive regimes. It also includes some new safe harbors for companies that join the Global Network Initiative (GNI) it is an attempt to get companies and organizations to work together on a set of rules and principles to protect free expression around the globe.Sources-internetsociety.org, techdirt.com
1.) 27 countries include China, Turkey and Myanmar
1.) about how the U.S. Internet and technology companies do business with certain government that censor and suppress the free speech of their citizens 3.) The code, when finished, would include an enforcement process and independent monitoring, and element some companies are fighting. 4.) Human Rights Watch endorses a regulatory framework, including penalties to hold companies accountable.
Should we be told as to what we can or can’t see on the internet. As human beings we make choices some good, some bad, but is it right to limit our choices. Shouldn’t we be the ones to decide.
There is still a lot of controversy in what should be available to the public on the internet.
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Marissa Zlock Roxanne St.IvesChristine VanVorce Kristen Davis Chon Taylor
The control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the internet There is a great deal of controversy surrounding internet censorship Pros-vs-Cons Restricting certain materials such as pornographic images or vulgar material can benefit society People who argue against censorship say that it limits freedom of speech, the press and expression; therefor, detrimental to society
3 POV‟s Technology POV-Claims US trade agreements have failed to make an effort to ensure freedom of info via the internet Human Rights Groups POV-Called for regulatory framework from congress with penalties for industry violators Last POV-Scrutinizing the industry itself to be held accountable as an accomplice in the violation of human rights
www.globalnetworkinitiative.org Global network initiative Mission: “To enable companies and their stakeholders to assist those in the information and communication technology industry to respect and protect freedom of expression and privacy globally through individual and collective actions.” Participants include: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and 21 other organizations.
i. Provides a framework for companies, rooted in international standardsii. Ensures accountability of ICT sector companies through independent assessmentiii. Enables opportunities for policy agreementiv. Creates shared learning opportunities across stakeholder boundaries
Each organization has agreed to specific principles, implementation guidelines and governance In addition, agreements have been reached on accountability and learning framework
Global Network Initiative is voluntary Voluntary efforts will only go so far Regulatory framework including penalties holding companies accountable will prove more effective HumanRights watch advocates and members deem the debate as an ethical matter for companies
Article: Cisco systems denies online censorship role in China Controversy over comments in an internal document regarding goals to stop network related crimes Cisco claims the comments to “combat” „Falun Gong, a spiritual movement banned by the Chinese government, doesn‟t reflect their views on censorship
Rep. Chris Smith 1981-present 2006 Smith introduced Global Online Freedom Act Intended to prevent governments from using Internet and information technologies purchased from US companies against their citizens (Internet Regulations) Help us Stop Internet Censorship Legislation Protect the Internet What‟s this about? What‟s the risk? The Result? How is it done? What about piracy? Petition to the Senate Oppose S.3804
Permission less Innovation Open access Collaboration The idea that anyone can innovate on the Internet is a fundamental and important aspect of the Internet experience we need to preserve. The Bill passed on March 27, 2012 House Committee Approves Global Online Freedom Act TheWorld is Changing and the Internet is Changing
Since that start of 2007, Google services- including YouTube video sharing, blogging and social network sites- have been blocked in whole or in part in 27 countries. “This is not a black and white issue. This is not an easy issue” Said Sen. Richard Durbin, the subcommittee‟s chair.
The subcommittee heard testimony from Crisco, Google and Yahoo executives. Both Google and Yahoo said that U.S. Government and other countries need to make Internet freedom a top propriety. Over the last 18 months, industry, academics and human rights group have been working on a voluntary code of conduct for companies doing business in repressive countries. Although a voluntary approach is a good start, it likely wont go far enough.
Governments have a moral duty Censorship is innately to protect its citizens from incompatible with the notion of harmful sites. free speech. The government here may The internet is a free domainlegitimately limit ‘free speech’. and cannot be dominated by the government. Even sites which appeared Nations often react poorly toinnocent have had a devastating censoring governments. effect on society. As an extensive form of media, the internet should be subject to censorship just as other forms of media are. FOR: AGAINST:
Isit fair? Should the government decide what you can or can‟t see? What has happened to Freedom of Speech? Communication…..where has it gone?
Do our lives really need to be under the governments radar?Who’s choice is it?