Rebecca MacKinnon Quotes.
Each of us has a vital role
to play in building a world in which the government and technology serve the world’s people and not the other way around.
I know plenty
of people in China who don’t like what their government does to the Falun Gong
, but they don’t want to entrust
to the Falun Gong, either.
Tencent can see, the Chinese government can see.
There is clearly a constituency that appreciates the message
that Google is sending, that it finds
the Chinese government’s attitude
to the Internet and censorship unacceptable
Intermediary liability enables
the Chinese authorities to minimize
of people they need to put in jail in order
in power and to maximize their control over what the Chinese people know and don’t know.
If you want to have traction
in China, you have to be in China.
through the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia don’t have much street
cred with China’s Internet generation, to be honest
There’s a real contradiction that’s difficult
to the West and the outside
world about China and about the Internet.
We have to start thinking of ourselves as citizens of the Internet, not just passive users. I don’t see how we can bring about change in our digital lives if we don’t take responsibility.
The better-informed we are, the more we can do
to make sure
is in our interests and is accountable to us.
Activists from the Middle East
to Asia to the former Soviet states have all been telling me that they suffer
from increasingly sophisticated
Human freedom increasingly depends
on who controls
what we know and, therefore
, how we understand our world
. It depends on what information we are able to create
and disseminate: what we can share, how we can share it, and with whom
we can share it.
In the wake
of the Internet getting shut
down in Egypt – something that also happened
in Xinjiang – I know that there are groups working
to help people
get online when domestic
networks get shut down. This could also be of use to some
people in China.
There are a lot of people that think the Internet is going to bring information and democracy and pluralism
in China just by existing
should be set on how power is exercised in cyberspace by companies as well as governments through the democratic political process
It is not inevitable
that the Internet will evolve in a manner compatible with democracy.
The Internet is a politically contested space
The critical question is: How do we ensure
that the Internet develops
in a way that is compatible with democracy?