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Brazil: Day 1 of Rio IGF

IGFWatch brings an update of the Internet Governance Forum‘s first day. “The most provocative speaker though was Bob Boorstin from Google, who defended the company's role in determining how its search results should be filtered”.

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  • How can internet companies protect freedom of expression when governments try to censor customers’ content and ask us to reveal the identity of users whose online communications are deemed offensive?

    The Center for Democracy and Technology along with Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and free expression advocates like Amnesty International are working on developing a “playbook”. This is a set of realistic tactics that online companies can use to effectively push back on government demands for removing content or revealing user information.

    The goal is to make this playbook into something that online companies and free expression advocates can both embrace. And there’s good reason to find a compromise, since we all have an interest to have our players on the field and keep this game going.

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