UN report: “three strikes” Internet laws violate human rights


China’s not the only Internet bad boy; a new UN report (PDF) calls out even developed democracies for slapping restrictions on the Internet.

An official appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council has released a new report on the state of online free speech around the world. In addition to calling attention to long-standing censorship problems in China, Iran, and other oppressive regimes, the report devotes a surprising amount of attention to speech restrictions in the developed world—and it singles out recently enacted “three strikes” laws in France and the United Kingdom that boot users off the Internet for repeated copyright infringement.

Dragging ISPs into the fight

The report was written by Frank La Rue, whose official title is “Special Rapporteur.” He’s an independent investigator appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to study and report on free speech abuses around the world. The report focuses heavily on the growing frequency and sophistication of Internet filtering by governments. La Rue criticizes China for filtering content with words like “democracy” and “human rights” in them, and he condemns countries like Egypt that cripple or shut down their networks during times of political crisis. China is also singled out, along with Vietnam and Iran, for jailing bloggers.

Continue reading this article ‘UN report: “three strikes” Internet laws violate human rights‘ at Global Freedom Technology Firm.

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