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CI's Best Bits coalition challenges the United States on online surveillance

42 CC Attribution Some rights reserved by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML 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.

CI responds to Clinton's speech on Internet freedom

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:

Access to Knowledge: Access to Information and Knowledge – Advancing Human Rights and Democracy

by Jeremy Malcolm


Introduction

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.