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February 2005

Internet Governance16:04, February 23, 2005

The UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) has released a report – mainly focusing on procedural issues – about its progress thus far. The final meeting, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), will be held in Tunis in December. What is especially interesting in this report, is perhaps the group’s definitions and key issues.

Censorship and Free Speech and Iran23:57, February 22, 2005

Arash Sigarchi, 28, was earlier today sentenced to 14 years of prison, according to The Committee to Protect Bloggers. His crime? Well, apparently he updated a blog with information about more than 20 Internet journalists who had been jailed by the Iranian government.

BBC quotes a spokesperson for Amnesty International commented: “Just as the internet is a tool for freedom, so it is being used as an excuse for repression. […] It is also shocking to realise that in the communications age just expressing support for an internet activist is enough to land people in jail.”

My question: Where does this fit in? Propaganda?