You remember the wide open promise of the World Wide Web, right? This was to be the untrammeled, free range domain of digital liberation, a new world of freedom. Well, yes and no.
You can search for whatever you like, but type in "democracy" in China's blogosphere, or "human rights" or "women" in Iran, and you're getting nothing. E-mail trails are sending dissidents to jail. Whole realms of thought are being filtered right off the web — and American companies are helping.
Now, the US government has subpoenaed search records by the millions. And the National Security Agency is reading e-mail — maybe yours.
Hear about Big Brother, American companies, and the web.
Timothy Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School
Ronald Deibert, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto
Julien Pain, Reporters Without Borders
Declan McCullagh, Chief Political Correspondent for CNET News.com
This program aired on January 20, 2006.