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Reporters Without Borders calls on Internet Governance Forum to develop intl. standards to hold Internet companies responsible for complicity with repressive govts.

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Author: Reporters sans frontières

De nombreuses entreprises du secteur d’Internet exercent une activité dans des pays répressifs en bafouant le principe de la libre circulation de l’information. Pour ne prendre que quelques exemples :
- Yahoo ! censure son moteur de recherche en Chine et collabore avec la police pour faire arrêter et condamner des dissidents ou des journalistes indépendants.
- Les entreprises américaines Secure Computing et Fortinet vendent des logiciels de filtrage à des pays, comme la Tunisie ou la Birmanie, qui ne respectent pas la liberté d’expression.
- L’entreprise américaine Verint Systems, et sa concurrente anglaise Silver Bullet, vendent à la police vietnamienne du matériel d’écoute des téléphones portables.
...Les gouvernements des pays démocratiques devraient réguler l’activité des entreprises du secteur d’Internet pour empêcher ce type de dérive... Toute nouvelle structure de régulation d’Internet au niveau mondial devrait mettre en place des normes internationales en la matière.

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27 October 2006

Reporters Without Borders will go to IGF [Internet Governance Forum] venue in Athens to put free expression on agenda

Author: Reporters Without Borders

Many Internet sector companies that have operations in repressive countries violate the principle of the free flow of information. To take just a few examples:
- Yahoo! censors its search engine in China and collaborates with the Chinese police so that dissidents and independent journalists can be arrested and convicted.
- US companies Secure Computing and Fortinet sell filtering software to countries such as Tunisia and Burma that do not respect free expression.
- The US company Verint Systems and its British competitor Silver Bullet sell equipment for tapping mobile phones to the Vietnamese police.
...The governments of democratic countries should regulate the activities of Internet companies to prevent this kind of abuse... Any new worldwide Internet regulatory structure should establish international standards in this regard.

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