freedom of expression
Although the basics have been widely reported, there is still a lot of confusion out there about how all the pieces of the PRISM surveillance scandal fit together, so here's the rundown. First, on Thursday 6 June, came the revelation in the Guardian of a secret court order requiring US phone carrier Verizon to disclose a complete set of records of telephone calls made over a three-month period.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Washington today about the Obama administration's commitment to promoting online rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and access to knowledge - and, as a necessary precondition, access to the Internet itself. In her speech she said:
by Jeremy Malcolm
Access to information and knowledge is a governance domain involving a broad range of stakeholders at different levels. As will be apparent from the thematic reports earlier in this volume, this results from the diversity of the issues it subsumes, including intellectual property rights, access to public information, open standards, broader communications rights such as freedom of expression, and issues around ownership of and participation in public media.