Posts Tagged ‘U.N. Special Rapporteur’

State Department Funds Shadow Internet Networks to Protect Free Speech Rights

Africa, Asia, Broadband's Impact, International, Mobile Broadband, Wireless June 13th, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 – The U.S. State Department has acknowledged funding the establishment of independent “shadow” internet and cell-phone networks in countries with oppressive regimes, according to a Sunday New York Times article.

The effort is part of a broader “liberation technology movement” critical in the recent popular uprisings in Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria – the more recent events are commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring.” The liberation technology refers to the use of information technology to expand political, social, and economic freedom.

U.N. Special Rapporteur: Internet Censorship Violation of Basic Human Rights

Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, International June 6th, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 – The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented his report on freedom of expression and the Internet to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, concluding that Internet access is a basic human right.

In what was hailed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a ‘landmark report,’ La Rue’s report also declared that disconnecting individuals from the Internet goes against international law.

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