CENSORSHIP – A GLOBAL INEQUALITY

Global media inequality being addressed: Censorship – global inequalities

Organisation/Foundation: Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a no profit organisation which defends the civil liabilities in the digital age. EFF works to ensure that the rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as the use of technology grows. Protecting the access to developing technologies is central to advancing freedom for all. Uses an independent voice to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance advocate for users and innovators and support freedom enhancing technologies. EFF advises policy makers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides and activist workshops.

 

The issue:

Censorship is the act/suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news or websites that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable or a threat to security.

Government around the world block access to online content for a variety of reasons including to shield children from content, prevent access to copyright infringing materials or to protect national security. Governments can tamper with domains, filter and block specific keywords and sites, block particular IP addresses and urge online content providers to remove content or search results.

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The extent to which governments censor information varies around the world, some countries including China use a combination of techniques in order to remove certain content from their citizens. China’s firewall is sophisticated and was produced in order to attempt to have an economy intricately connected to the outside world, however, keep their political culture cut off from ‘Western values” of freedom of speech and democracy.

 

Obviously, there are various disadvantages and advantages that come along when censorship is concerned. On one hand, censorship is used in order to protect copyright protection laws especially when content such as music and videos are involved as well as this it helps fight and address hate crimes and online bullying tactics. Disadvantages such as limiting the freedom of speech, giving the governments too much power and control as well as the annoying limit on what you are allowed to access from where you are, are a few disadvantages which relate to the control and censorship of content. However, Internet censorship might not always work because of the dynamic nature of technology and the available software individuals can use to bypass the government’s firewalls and control.

 

What has happened so far:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides fantastic educational posts which dissect the topic up for debate and give you the facts and information in an attempt make your own opinion and stance on the topic. An example of this foundation providing information and intervening in a case of internet censorship recently would be when intervening with the Canadian court. The post made on June 28, 2017, reveals the countries wish to prevent the internet access of its users in regards to accessing information. The case was brought forward in an attempt to force Google to delist domains and websites from its search index to make them invisible to citizens. The case Google v. Equustek was intervened by the Foundation, who explained that by granting the wish of de-listing the domains from google they would directly interfere with the U.S constitution of freedom of speech and would, in turn, set a dangerous precedent for other court cases. This case has become a trend around the world where governments are asking for content to be removed from the internet and the act of censorship to be enforced on its people.

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One thought on “CENSORSHIP – A GLOBAL INEQUALITY

  1. Hi Bec,

    I found your case study to be a very informative example of global media inequality. Censorship is such an important issue, but it is also very complex, as it can occur in many different ways. If you are after some academic sources for your case study, there is a very interesting article in the Australian Journal of International Affairs, ‘Internet freedom, human rights and power’, that provides some insight into the idea of internet freedom as a human right.

    I think the use of hyperlinks in your blog are very useful as the reader can find out more information if they want/need to, and I love the infographic about worldwide censorship. Apart from a few grammar errors, this looks great and I can’t wait to read the second instalment!

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