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‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google

Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , | Comments Off on ‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google

'The Future of Internet Freedom' According to GoogleTwo Google executives have penned an article for the New York Times “The Future of Interent Freedom”

In the op-ed, the duo – Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – detail the the means to overcome internet censorship in repressive communities.

Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, assert that the coming decade will see the internet increase by five-billion users from around the globe.

The Googlers surmise that the population growth will come primarily from places like Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran where www. access is heavily censored, another dystopian divination? ::::
'The Future of Internet Freedom' According to Google
“Places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse,” Schmidt and Cohen write. “Our travels have taken us to North Korea, Saudi Arabia and other countries grappling with repression.”

The piece then parses specific means of repression, “deep packet inspection” hardware, distributed-denial-of-service attacks, wholesale server slow-downs and others, used by authorities to prevent individuals from accessing certain information, whether it be porn or anti-government tracts.

“And while the technologies of repression are a multibillion-dollar industry, the tools to measure and assess digital repression get only a few million dollars in government and private funding,” they explain. “Private and academic centers like the Citizen Lab in Toronto are building detection tools, but we are still in the early days of mapping the reach of digital censorship.”

Schmidt and Cohen offer several means to combat repression and believe that, with the right public and private investments, a positive, global difference could be made.

“Much of the fight against censorship has been led by the activists of the Internet freedom movement,” the piece continues. “We can join this open source community, whether we are policy makers, corporations or individuals. Money, coding skills or government grants can all make a difference.

“Given the energies and opportunities out there, it’s possible to end repressive Internet censorship within a decade. If we want the next generation of users to be free, we don’t see any other option.”

To read the complete op-ed on N.Y. Times.com, click here.

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