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Stand up and be counted

This may be a little strident, but I blogged about a year ago about things I believed in, and this morning there’s another issue to take notice of. I’ve talked about this before, and maybe dressed it up in academic language about the role of nationalistic institutions and the nature of new media, but Amnesty have said it better than I could.

“I believe the internet should be a force for political freedom, not repression. People have the right to seek and receive information and to express their peaceful beliefs online without fear or interference. I call on governments to stop the unwarranted restriction of freedom of expression on the internet and on companies to stop helping them do it.”

If you believe that – if it resonates and makes you nod your head in agreement, then go here and add your name to the pledge.

The full Observer article by Kate Allen is here. If you have a few minutes, go and read it. There are probably more important things to be concerned about – feeding your family, making sure your children are safe – but this is an issue that should concern us all, no matter where we live, what we do for a living, or what our domestic political allegiance is.



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