Current Threats to Internet Freedom: Testimony to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
June 18, 2009
Chairman McGovern, Chairman Wolf, Honorable Members, thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the growing threats to Internet freedom in the world. These threats undermine the free flow of information, which is the lifeblood of a democratic society.
The Internet and other digital media have expanded space for citizens to express their views freely, but in response, repressive regimes have employed increasingly diverse and sophisticated controls on the Internet. These regimes have strengthened their ability to censor online content, to monitor Internet users, and to collect personal data, which they use to intimidate and prosecute their critics.