Blocking access to web sites, expanding online surveillance or simply jailing those whose Internet utterances displease authorities: These are the digital-age tactics of a growing number of governments that seek to control what their citizens—and their journalists—do or say online.
As a recent report on Internet freedom from Freedom House found, “Between May 2013 and May 2014, 41 countries passed or proposed legislation to penalize legitimate forms of speech online, increase government powers to control content, or expand government surveillance capabilities.” And that list isn’t limited to just those regimes with long histories of Internet censorship.
Freedom2Connect Foundation offers an antidote to this alarming trend. It helps fund technologies—ranging from encrypted chat rooms to secure story-telling apps—that give citizens and journalists the tools they need to circumvent government censors, protect identities and communicate freely online.The Foundation also seeks to educate ordinary citizens and journalists in the use of such tools, and to raise public awareness of the importance of an unfettered Internet for people everywhere.
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