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A Free and Open World Depends on a Free and Open Web

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#31 Phouchg


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 20:09

That's what I said.

That's what RMS says all the time, living in his fantasy wonderland. Good thing that worked in, say, Egypt, where the mighty internets were simply cut off at the backbone when things started to heat up. What one's going to do about censorship in half of the world states? That's a political problem, separate for each independent nation - which is why they're called independent, so they can do many things as they please. Internets is a purely material thing that belongs to somebody and adheres to local laws. To fix those laws, you have to fix the whole world. Might as well go ahead with world hunger, global warming and AIDS, then, as well.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 22:29

Not really. A truly free web would include protections that allow people to freely express themselves without fear of being tracked or monitored by corporations and governments. That's the bit that Google is opposed to.

Well, of course. They want a BSD kind of freedom, so to speak: your are free to do what you want and others are free to take what you do and turn that into a business you don't get to participate in.

Expecting them to support restrictions that go straight against their business is naive.

#33 Jason Stillion

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:53

Source: http://www.theregist...es_against_itu/

This situation is making for a strange set of bed fellows.

From article:

What's worrying the European Parliament, along with an unlikely coalition of Google, the US Republican party, organized labor, and Greenpeace, is that the meeting might try and take over regulatory oversight for internet communications in a closed-door coup. The US government has said it will oppose serious moves to change the current regulatory order, but how effective that will be remains to be seen.