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Articles tagged with: democracy

France Seeks To Censor The Internet

It was only a few weeks ago when President Sarkozy of France states at the e-G8 conference that he wanted to start regulating the Internet much more seriously, and it looks like he isn’t wasting very much time at all. There is a presidential order in France that has just been sent, giving the French government a wide range of options to censor the Internet throughout France.

Interestingly, you wouldn’t expect a democracy like France to take steps to be more like China, but go figure. It definitely makes you think that France is trying to cover up some shady business, and will sure make conspiracy theorists give them a run for their thoughts.

U.S. Spreads Democracy Through Shadow Networks

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and Mobile phone systems that citizens of repressed governments can use to bypass censorship in their native countries. The initiative is funded with $2 million from a State Department grant and the Internet is deployed from a small briefcase.

The idea is to smuggle the briefcase (full of Internet) across the border and quickly set it up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the world wide web. This could be the first step out of many that gives people a greater freedom to step up against their government. The new liberation-technology movement involves creating these stealth wireless networks so activists can communicate outside their government’s ears in countries like Iran, Syria, and Libya.