Friday, May 22, 2009

Internet Threatened by Censorship, Secret Surveillance, and Cybersecurity Laws

Stephen Lendman reports a very good piece of work upon the censorship and e-surveillance issues. He says that at a time of corporate dominated media, a free and open Internet is democracy's last chance to preserve our (America’s) First Amendment rights without which all others are threatened. Activists call it Net Neutrality. Media scholar Robert McChesney says without it "the Internet would start to look like cable TV (with a) handful of massive companies (controlling) content" enough to have veto power over what's allowed and what it costs. Progressive web sites and writers would be marginalized or suppressed, and content systematically filtered or banned.

In the Indian context similar issues have been discussed about e-surveillance and censorship. There is an emergent need of an Information Technology Amendment Act, 2009 that must address these burning issues. With Congress coming to power, we can expect such action very soon.

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