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Speech denounces countries that prevent the free flow of information to citizens

Americans and citizens of other free nations take many of our freedoms for granted. We can do and say what we want without fearing prison. We can get on the internet and get any information we want, even if other people don’t like it. In some countries, citizens can only access the information that their government wants them to see.

The most infamous country in the world for censoring what citizens can see online is China. China isn’t the lone country that censors access to information though; Tunisia and Uzbekistan both censor the internet, and Egypt has detained bloggers who disagree with the government before.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denounced countries that use technology to prevent citizens from accessing information freely. Clinton delivered the speech on January 21 and outlined the five key freedoms of the internet age that will be used to help build U.S. policy.

Clinton's speech outlined the commitment of the U.S. to freedom of speech and worship online, the freedom to connect to the internet anywhere, and the freedom to live without fear of cyber attacks.

Clinton said, "Countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of Internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century. In the last year, we've seen a spike in threats to the free flow of information. China, Tunisia and Uzbekistan have stepped up their censorship of the Internet."

She continued saying, "[The internet] has already been a source of tremendous progress in China, and it is fabulous there are so many people in China now online." Clinton added, "The United States and China have different views on this issue. And we intend to address those differences candidly and consistently in the context of our positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship."

The comments come after the U.S. asked China for an explanation for the cyber attacks against search giant Google and 30 other U.S. companies that were targeted in attacks that originated in China. Google has stated that it may consider leaving the Chinese market due to the attacks and the censorship of its search results required by the Chinese government.



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Retarded Report
By SiN on 1/22/2010 11:21:54 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe it's a little paranoia, but i think freedom of speech and information is less free than you think. There is no such thing as freedom of speech. You still get bad treatment if you say something to upset an official. You can't tell an officer to fuck off for not doing their job right. If you are looking at the "bad" information you can be classed as a terrorist.

Last time i checked, you could be slammed for file sharing because you were monitored.




RE: Retarded Report
By mindless1 on 1/23/2010 3:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
If you tell an officer to fvck off, you are trying to cause a disturbance, you are not trying to voice an opinion that they are not doing their job right.

You do in fact have the freedom in the US to claim an official or officer is not doing their job properly. Look at all the political websites out there for proof.

It's not paranoia, it's learning the difference between constructive criticism and trying to be an ass. If you try to be an ass, people will look for ways to trip you up so you do eventually break a law they can get you on, and being hot-headed filled with emotion enough to say "fvck off", I'll bet it would be easy for them to do it.

Bottom line- if you can't use information to get your way, don't expect personal emotion to force another person to personally feel the same emotion, or at least not towards the end you wanted.

Piss someone off and it'd be silly to think they are more rather than less likely to be aligned with you. Basic common sense, not lack of freedom of speech.

There's always going to be some kind of personal restraint necessary to keep peace. For example if we make it legal to kill each other, how stable will society be if we don't still restrain ourselves from doing it?


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