Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives a well-timed speech on Internet freedom. Surely she will—and should—cite the overthrow of authoritarian rulers in Tunisia and Egypt to argue that the Internet can facilitate sweeping social change. But she should also recommit the United States to a policy of supporting Internet freedom that gives content to the concept of the “freedom to connect” by ensuring that the universal freedoms of expression and association, and the right to privacy are protected.
Organizers of mass protests against repressive governments in Tunisia and Egypt relied on Facebook to get the word out. Photos of protestors in Egypt showed posters with Mark Zuckerberg as their hero. And then the government turned off the Internet.
New York City – In Cairo and other Egyptian cities, thousands of people are taking part in unauthorized street protests…
After a week of bad press and threats of user boycotts stemming from Facebook’s latest privacy policies, the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, is promising a newer, better model. I appreciate Facebook’s willingness to acknowledge past mistakes, but Zuckerberg’s promise, as outlined in today’s Washington Post , rings hollow. Here’s why.