Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The OSCE claims Internet access as a right

The OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), which has more than fifty countries, has published a report on freedom of expression on the Internet, where he exhibited severe criticism of the policies that involve cutting Internet access to a citizen and the blocking of websites. The text, which documents the practices in different countries, believes that the measure is being imposed to block access to a site when the authorities can not require changes in content since it is housed in a third country.

"In some countries, the authorities go further and develop measures that restrict citizens' access to the Internet." This tendency to blocking access is detected in relation to policies that seek to combat infringements of intellectual property. "Given the limited impact of national laws and lack of international harmonization of legislation, several countries, including members of the OSCE, introduce policies blocking access Internet content and Web 2.0 platforms that are under foreign jurisdictions." The report says these policies, with the intention legitimate combat illegal activities or to protect its citizens from harmful content can have a scope that would adversely affect the free flow of information and freedom of expression.

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