Monday, 9 February 2009
Global Online Freedom Act - not in Europe!
The US passed a law requiring US ISPs and technology companies to not cooperate with filtering - especially secret filtering - with repressive regimes. The European Parliament attempt to introduce an equivalent has been rejected by the Commissioner - on grounds of competitiveness with other regions, by which she must mean Chinese and Taiwanese equipment manufacturers. Economics trumps freedom of expression. Note how widespread blocking of websites such as Google and Youtube is.