Amnesty International (6 June) warned that the Internet 'could change beyond all recognition' unless action is taken to stop the 'Virus of Internet repression' eroding freedom of expression online.
The warning came ahead of a globally webcast event at Amnesty's UK HQ , 'Some People Think the Internet is a Bad Thing: The Struggle for Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace' sponsored by The Observer. Featuring Internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and victims of Internet repression from around the world, thousands watched the webcast www.amnesty.org.uk/webcast.
The webcast is now available as an on-demand archive, which runs for approximately 120 minutes.
Governments are increasingly monitoring web, email and blog use, censoring and prosecuting their citizens for expressing their opinions online.