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Should Countries Have Right to Control Internet Content?

When the Pew Internet & American Life Project did a survey sampling 15 percent of “hundreds of government, industry leaders and internet activists from around the planet,” they learned that 59 percent of them disagreed with this statement:

“My country should have the right to approve the internet content available to the people of my country.”

That’s the good news, the bad news is the 28 percent thought countries should have the right to approve Internet content.

That’s just one of many questions asked of participants who had attended the second Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro back in November and were surveyed afterwards. Another questions asked: Should there be a Global Internet Bill of Rights?

Here’s the answer:

Some 66% of those participating in this survey agreed with the statement: “A global
internet users’ Bill of Rights should be adopted.” Only 6% disagreed.

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