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Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2006 - Internet: United States

Publisher Reporters Without Borders
Publication Date 3 May 2006
Cite as Reporters Without Borders, Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2006 - Internet: United States, 3 May 2006, available at: [accessed 19 January 2018]
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US policy towards the Internet is important because it is the country where the Internet began. But its laws about interception of online traffic do not provide enough privacy guarantees for users. Leading US Internet firms such as Yahoo!,Cisco Systems and Microsoft are also working with censorship authorities in China, thus throwing doubt on the US commitment to freedom of expression. The United States, home of the First Amendment, the Internet and blogs, should be a model for respecting the rights of Internet users.

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