US State Department Report Highlights Limits Of Technology
Posted in: Censorship at 25/05/2012 14:00
Last year technology helped more people exercise their rights, but in 2011 more countries restricted access to the Internet or used technology to repress, according to the State Department's annual human rights report released on Thursday.
"New connective technologies spread news of citizen activism, and political change, around the world," the report noted. "People continued to find innovative ways to use technology to break down the walls of fear and isolation that undemocratic governments erected to try to keep their populations quiescent. Yet repressive regimes also used those same technologies to spy on their own citizens for the purposes of silencing dissent."