Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Schmidt: Don't let censorship hold back the Net's benefits | Mobile World Congress - CNET Reviews

Imagine Locutus saying “Censorship is irrelevant.  Government is irrelevant…”

Schmidt isn't satisfied with information leaking out through back channels, though. "Forty countries engage in active censorship, up from four a decade ago. Google products are blocked in 25 of 125 countries in which we operate." Even in the United States there are "worrying" moves, he said, no doubt referring to the recently vanquished SOPA and PIPA legislation.

"They're going to fail," he said of censorship efforts, but added, "We need to act now to avoid the rise of this digital caste system."

Schmidt: Don't let censorship hold back the Net's benefits | Mobile World Congress - CNET Reviews

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