05 November 2006

IGF - Assault on State Censorship

by Milton Mueller. The Internet Governance Forum has opened the opportunity for a major assault on Internet blocking and filtering, and put repressive governments on the defensive by heightening awareness of the practice and pressuring them to justify it or change it. There were no less than three sessions devoted to content regulation and control. Each of these sessions was dominated by anti-censorship advocates, access to knowledge advocates and critics of overbearing state control of internet content. See transcript of plenary session on Openness, descriptions of workshops on content regulation and Freedom of Expression and Internet content filtering and blocking by national states.