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[ NNSquad ] Google's Sergey Brin clarifies remarks on Internet threats

Google's Sergey Brin clarifies remarks on Internet threats

http://j.mp/JKeIj9  (Google+)

   "I believe the internet has been one of the greatest forces for good in
    the world over the past quarter century. So when the Guardian
    requested that I speak to them over the past few months about internet
    freedom, I decided it was important to participate.  I think the
    article is a pretty good read but is a short summary of a long
    discussion. My thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary
    coverage in a way that distracts from my central tenets so I think
    they are worth clarifying here."

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I think we can boil this down to one essential sentence, leaving aside
the relative valuations of government censorship vs. corporate walled
gardens for the moment (though I would certainly agree with Sergey
that the former is a greater threat than the latter, for a variety of
reasons): An Internet that is not Open represents a potentially grave
risk to freedoms of many sorts -- freedom of speech and other civil
liberties, freedom of commerce, and more -- and that openness is what
we must so diligently work to both preserve and expand.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com
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