Violator of online free expression, Egypt, to host Internet Governance Forum
Posted in: Governance at 16/11/2009 16:46
Reporters Without Borders finds it surprising and disturbing that Egypt is hosting next week's Internet Governance Forum, at which important decisions about the Internet's future will be taken or announced.
Representatives of foreign governments, international organisations, universities and ICANN (Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers) are all due to attend the forum taking place from 15 to 18 November in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
"Egypt's legitimacy to host such a meeting is questionable as it has repeatedly been guilty of violations of online free expression," Reporters Without Borders said. "It is astonishing that a government that is openly hostile to Internet users is assigned the organisation of an international meeting on the Internet's future."