These three great countries are now seeking to control the Net. Their combined economies, markets and population control most of the world! So imagine if these three impose their diktats on the Web?
– China today has announced that it will begin “real name” registration online. Free speech advocates generally condemn the move, saying that the weibos’ freewheeling debate and frequent criticism of official misconduct will be neutered if the government knows the identity of everyone who posts a comment. Real-name use also would allow security officers to target weibo users who consistently post comments about sensitive issues, even if their individual remarks do not attract large numbers of readers.
– An Indian Court has directed the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Yahoo and a number of other social media sites to appear in person and explain as to why criminal action should not be taken against them for permitting “objectionable” material on their sites (apparently offending the cultural/religious sensibilities of India.) The criminal complaint was filed Vinay Rai, a journalist who runs a Hindi and Urdu daily called Akbari from Noida
– USA is at the forefront of monitoring social sites.Many websites are blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
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