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The web was invented just 25 years ago by a British physicist with a strong sense of Western values. But it's China and India that are adding billions of new users. What can be done about censorship as the worldwide web becomes truly worldwide. Also, all eyes are on Sunday's referendum in Crimea, and reintroducing an overlooked civil rights leader.

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Consent of the Networked

Rebecca MacKinnon

All Eyes on the Crimean Referendum 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Russian troops are deployed along the border of Eastern Ukraine, but President Vladimir Putin says he won't decide what to do until after the Crimean referendum on Sunday.  In London today, after six hours of talks with Russia's Foreign Minister, Secretary of State John Kerry said the US has already staked out its position. "We believe the referendum is contrary to the constitution of Ukraine, is contrary to international law, is in violation of that law, and we believe it is illegitimate." Carol Williams is Senior International Affairs Writer for the Los Angeles Times. She's just returned from Moscow.

Carol Williams, Los Angeles Times (@cjwilliamslat)

The Web at 25: Free Flow of Information or Censorship? 33 MIN, 28 SEC

The web was invented 25 years ago by a British physicist with a strong sense of Western values. Sir Tim Berners-Lee still envisions a free, open, democratizing system of universal communication. Berners-Lee has recently advocated a digital Bill of Rights to protect against the growth of government censorship that Google's Eric Schmidt calls "mechanisms of repression." In China, citizen bloggers can be arrested. Pakistanis can't watch YouTube; and Russians won't read independent websites about Ukraine. Censorship and privacy violations reveal limits to the Global Village as the worldwide web becomes truly worldwide. 

Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation (@rmack)
Sana Saleem, Bolo Bhi (@sanasaleem)
Sarah Cook, Freedom House (@freedomhouseDC)
Robert Guerra, Citizen Lab (@citizenlab)

Citizen Lab on Internet censorship in Somalia
Citizen Lab
Freedom House on Internet freedom http://www.freedomhouse.org/issues/internet-freedom#.UyNdBj9dV8E
Google transparency report
Internet Rights and Principles
Internet Watch Foundation
MacKinnon's 'Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom'
Saleem on digital censorship, global free speech

Peniel Joseph on Stokley Carmichael 10 MIN, 51 SEC

tp140314stokley.jpgHis is a name seldom remembered in the context of America's Civil Rights Movement, but he deserves a place alongside Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That's according to a new biography — the first -- about Stokley Carmichael's life. Peniel Joseph is a history professor at Tufts University and the author of Stokely: A Life. The Trinidad-born, New York educated Carmichael spent his 20th birthday in jail in Mississippi, where he helped organize freedom rides. In 1966, he was head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Two years later, he left this country to live in Africa.

Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)


Peniel E. Joseph

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