Internet Freedom: The Problem With Censorship

Electronic Frontiers Australia held the “War on the Internet” event in Melbourne Saturday, focusing around the recent events concerning the protection of digital free speech and the continuing struggle for a more defined Internet policing structure.

This last year the World Communication Network helped overthrow dictators and organize movements both at home and abroad. Foreign and local government reactions to these events have been a topic of many debates, especially in light of recent SOPA and PIPA blackouts.

Governments around the world have justified the right to censor and blacklist users and websites through a series of poorly defined user license infringements.

Social media is in danger of falling victim to a structure built on secrecy. Even now, users on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr can be persecuted for posting content deemed unsatisfactory to an unknown set of regulations.

Leading computer security researcher, Jacob Appelbaum, who spoke at the conference, discusses the vague nature of protocols and regulations applied to Internet users and recent SOPA controversy in the video below brought to us by Kenji Wardenclyffe.

Do you think freedom of speech applies to digital content and user sharing? Let us know in the comments below.