Defending Free Speech With a ‘Panic Button’

This is the VOA Special English Technology Report, from voaspecialenglish.com | http Today we continue our report on efforts by the Obama administration to increase Internet freedom around the world. Alec Ross, a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, recently discussed these projects with VOA’s Persian News Network. He says, “We’re spending this money so that values that are centuries old — that go to things like the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press and the freedom to organize — are available in the digital age.” The New York Times reported that the State Department expects to have spent about seventy million dollars on these efforts by the end of this year. Alec Ross says one project involves a so-called panic button. People could use it to quickly remove a list of contacts from a phone or computer. He says, “What’s happening right now is people are being arrested and they are being forced to hand over their passwords a lot of the times for their social media accounts.” Freedom House, an organization in Washington, released a “Freedom on the Net” report in April. The group studied thirty-seven countries. It found that twenty-three of them had arrested Internet users for content posted online. Nineteen of the countries at least partially controlled international connections to the Internet. And at least twelve had interfered with networks, listened in on people’s communications or taken down websites. Iran has one of the most extensive
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  1. TheAbuayyash says:

    When u attack Black people, they call it racism.
    When u attack Jewish people, they call it anti-semetism.
    When u attack women, they call it sexism.
    When u attack homosexuality, they call it intolerance.
    When u attack ur Country, they call it treason.
    ……When u attack a religious sect, they call it hate.
    But when u attack the …Prophet Mohammed, they call it FREEDOM of SPEECH !?!

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