Julien Pain of Reporters Without Borders at the Berkman Center, 7/19

Julien Pain, Head of Internet Freedom Desk at Reporters Without Borders, spoke at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society luncheon series on Tuesday, July 19th, at 12:30 p.m. at the Berkman Center. My original post of his talk

Below are some highlights from his talk.

Dictators have to control the Internet to control information. Their press organization was expelled from an Internet summit because the dictators voted against their presence. They set up guerilla radio to broadcast what was happening. Unfortunately, they were arrested two days later.

How can we trust a human rights commission run by countries that don’t believe in human rights? The organization was expelled from UN meetings for a year for protesting India’s role in the human rights commission.

Can people be sued by other countries for posting material on the Internet that violeates their laws, even if what they posted falls within legal boundaries in their countries?

Copyright responsibility is also very important.

Microsoft set up a special blogging tool in China that has censorship elements built in–people can’t post words like ‘democracy.’ What happens when someone from Canada uses the tool? Is it fair to subject them to the same censorship?

The number of people in China getting arrested for what they put on the Internet is growing.

International pressure can do a lot to free jailed journalists and bloggers.

If a country wants to block Web sites or prohibit certain kinds of content from the Internet, what can we really do about it?

What can we do to help, besides blogging about it?

The Berkman Center is already doing a lot. The reports and information the center shares is incredibly useful because few places and people are doing that right now.

It’s possible to sponsor imprisoned bloggers through the organization.

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