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Is the Internet a Vector of Freedom or an Instrument of Repression?

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"Is the Internet a Vector of Freedom or an Instrument of Repression? Lessons from the Arab Spring, China, Mexico, the USA”
The fight for online freedom of expression is more essential than ever. The Arab Spring has clearly shown that the Internet is a vehicle for freedom. In countries where the traditional media are controlled by the government, the only independent news and information are to be found on the Internet, which has become a forum for discussion and a refuge for those who want to express their views freely. However, governments are realizing this and are trying to control the Internet and stepping up surveillance of Internet users. Netizens are being targeted by government reprisals. More than 120 of them are currently detained for expressing their views freely online, mainly in China, Iran and Vietnam.

About the Lecturer: Delphine Halgand, Washington DC Director of Reporters without Borders

Document Type

Event

Start Date

10-10-2012 12:00 PM

End Date

10-10-2012 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Netizens, Surveillance of internet users

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English

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Oct 10th, 12:00 PM Oct 10th, 1:15 PM

Is the Internet a Vector of Freedom or an Instrument of Repression?

Fairhaven College Auditorium

"Is the Internet a Vector of Freedom or an Instrument of Repression? Lessons from the Arab Spring, China, Mexico, the USA”
The fight for online freedom of expression is more essential than ever. The Arab Spring has clearly shown that the Internet is a vehicle for freedom. In countries where the traditional media are controlled by the government, the only independent news and information are to be found on the Internet, which has become a forum for discussion and a refuge for those who want to express their views freely. However, governments are realizing this and are trying to control the Internet and stepping up surveillance of Internet users. Netizens are being targeted by government reprisals. More than 120 of them are currently detained for expressing their views freely online, mainly in China, Iran and Vietnam.

About the Lecturer: Delphine Halgand, Washington DC Director of Reporters without Borders