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    • Free Culture and Free Speech Rebecca MacKinnon http://Rconversation.blogs.com www.GlobalVoicesOnline.org This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.
    • Silicon Valley's “Benevolent dictatorship”
        • EFF's Danny O'Brien
        • Concern about over-reliance on “Web 2.0 giants”:
        • “ It’s like if I was to concede that a benevolent dictatorship is a far more effective model for a political system than a liberal democracy.”
        • http://www.oblomovka.com/wp/2008/07/21/surprise-packages-benevolent-dictatorships/
    • From “Mao model” to “Murdoch model:” Does triumph of capitalism = triumph of freedom? Natalie Behring http://flickr.com/photos/chinapix/115817611/ World Economic Forum http://flickr.com/photos/worldeconomicforum/374716426/
    • Where are we going? “ Autocracies & Dictatorships” “ Democratic Countries” ?
    • The World Wide Web just by existing isn't solving the “Caring Problem”: (Ethan Zuckerman's research on global media attention: http://h2odev.law.harvard.edu/ezuckerman/ )‏
    • 127 million people 2nd largest world economy 12582 CNN.com stories 130 million people 54th largest world economy 937 CNN stories (Courtesy Ethan Zuckerman http://ethanzuckerman.com /)‏
    • Alternative to commercial, professional media
    • Vibrant blogospheres fueled by culture of sharing
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    • HOWEVER: we need advocacy & activism Blogger arrests: Egypt & Saudi Arabia
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    • Company-level censorship: Tianya (Chinese blog host)‏
    • Privacy issues and surveillance via e-mail services The case of Shi Tao Journalist jailed for 10 years for “revealing state secrets overseas.” Evidence leading to his conviciton included evidence from Yahoo!
    • What do companies do… when users’ rights & interests… and host government demands conflict? Government Company User
    • It’s an issue EVERYWHERE. (U.S. govt. “secret surveillance,” etc.)‏ User
    • Jimbo Wales: “I won’t censor” Tradeoff: some countries censor Wikipedia, and will censor Wikia, etc...
    • Grassroots P2P networks
    • Non-profit alternatives
      • WITNESS video hub:
      • Alternative to YouTube for human rights activists.
      • Will it work?
    • More alternative grassroots spaces needed Civil Society Free Culture Government Company Citizen
    • From Mao to Murdoch to… Natalie Behring http://flickr.com/photos/chinapix/115817611/ World Economic Forum http://flickr.com/photos/worldeconomicforum/374716426/ Neha Viswanathan http://flickr.com/photos/nehavish/2621954475/in/set-72157605845209515/
    • Thanks!
      • Rebecca MacKinnon
      • http://Rconversation.blogs.com
      • www.GlobalVoicesOnline.org
      • [email_address]
      This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.