Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I Love the internet, Now we all have a voice;-)
The Internet represents a problem for those who want to regulate free speech. Anybody anywhere in the world can put any material on the Internet at any time; it can then be read by anyone else in the world.
British Home Secretary, Theresa May, is to hold a meeting with the executives of social networking firms to discuss the possibility of shutting down social media during future unrest in Britain.
"The British government, once an ardent advocate of absolute internet freedom, has thus made a U-turn over its stance towards web-monitoring".
In February, Cameron had urged Egypt and other North African nations to allow freedom of expression after they tried to restrict the operation of social media, which played a key role in organizing and reporting anti-government protests.
All these measures by the British government come as the British media accuses the Iranian government of blocking access to the Internet and violating freedom of expression.
'We may wonder why Western leaders, on the one hand, tend to indiscriminately accuse other nations of monitoring, but on the other take for granted their steps to monitor and control the internet".
Cameron's suggestion to block social networking websites smashes basic concepts of freedom of speech in the West, which always takes the moral high ground in criticising the reluctant development of internet freedom in developing countries.
Posted by Big Daddy Wayne