Posted by Eva Prkachin on Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 17:06
The government just announced $9 million to promote free expression on the Internet abroad, but what are they doing to prevent censorship here at home?
Article by Evan Dyer for the CBC
Canada wants to help undermine repressive regimes using the power of the web, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who announced Tuesday his government is throwing its support behind a "digital public square" project launched by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Posted by Eva Prkachin on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 15:11
Yesterday, the government announced a joint program with the Munk School of Global Affairs to help Internet users in authoritarian countries circumvent Internet censorship.
The $9 million initiative is designed to promote free expression online, which has been declining thanks to repressive regimes cracking down on Internet users around the globe. Countries like Iran and Russia have been using various techniques to curb online criticism, such as blocking, filtering, and imprisoning people who speak out.
Millions of Internet users around the globe have been speaking out against online censorship, advocating for stronger rules to protect free expression and sharing techniques for getting around government-imposed online blocks.
The letter represents a large and diverse group of experts and public interest groups have come together to call out the secrecy surrounding the talks. Together, these organizations say it’s time for TPP negotiators to follow the lead of the European Commission, which recently announced it would release the draft text of a similar Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal in the name of greater transparency.