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Rebecca MacKinnon on China and Internet governance

Rebecca MacKinnon reports on China’s desire to shut down the Internet Governance Forum. The IGF was formed in 2005 to discuss among governments and some human rights groups how to govern the Internet. China now thinks it’s a pointless group. Its statement ends with a rousing defense of the right of nations to block access to Web sites they believe go against the interests of their people. And, of course, every country does reserve that right. (Don’t they?) The question is how much, and what, and in whose actual interest.

Later that day: Newsweek has a good article out on Herdict, The Berkman’s Jonathan Zittrain’s tool for crowd-sourcing info about blockages, outages, and censorship.

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