While many countries around the world filter and censor the Internet, Australia has been the poster child for Internet filtering and censorship by a Western-style, liberal, democratic state. Proposals to filter the Internet have become a centerpiece of the ongoing political campaign, with the opposition vowing to scrap the current government’s filtering plans.
An American, Samir Khan, who ran a radical Islamic website is facing charges that he use his website to aid al-Qaeda in training and recruiting efforts. He is believed to have fled the U.S. to join Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. al-Awlaki was dubbed the “bin Laden of the Internet” this week by USA Today.
This article from a Chinese news source provides a Chinese perspective on the issues of Internet freedom and governance. In particular, it argues that recent discussion of offensive cyberwar strategies by the U.S. mean that it is the U.S., not China, that is a threat to global Internet freedom.
On the heels of the ongoing controversy over pressure on Research In Motion by several governments worldwide, all of whom want to be able to monitor communications on the company’s popular BlackBerry service, India is now also seeking greater access to Internet communications by its law enforcement and intelligence services.
This story is a profile of the radical, American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki. It discusses his successes in recruiting American Muslims to the cause of jihad and, in particular, his use of Internet technologies like YouTube.