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More about INTERNET AND DEMOCRACY

By Javier Velandia

Past April 15 Radio Free Europe published an interview with Austin Heap, director of the San Francisco-based Censorship Research Center; he announced the new strategy of the US Government to “help” the Iranians to beat the draconian Internet censorship established by the president Mahmud Ahmadineyad.

Heap said that with technology they will “allow people to have their basic human right of free speech without fear of retaliation. It’s not just Iran for us; it is a whole host of countries around the world who are using the Internet as a tool of silencing people “.

The US government is assuming again that the internet by itself would reach democracy.  It is important to say that the use of internet could shape different ways of social and cultural changes but that does not mean that the internet will bring democracy to the people.

http://www.rferl.org/content/Interview_Helping_Iranians_Beat_Internet_Censorship/2013410.html

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