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Topic - Rebecca Mackinnon
In the United States, a country that fosters innovation and upholds freedom, it can be difficult to imagine circumstances in which citizens use the Internet as anything but a platform for productivity via sites like Google, Twitter or Facebook. Within the first chapter of "Consent of the Networked," author Rebecca MacKinnon shows that for some parts of the world, however, the Internet provides much more.
Microsoft and the State Department are under fire for their participation in a closed-door Internet conference this week organized with the architects of China's repressive policies of Web self-censorship and surveillance.
The State Council Information Office "regulates all channels of information in China - the press, broadcasting, Internet ... even books," said Rebecca MacKinnon, a China rights scholar at the New America Foundation.
She said she she attended a 2009 ISC meeting where the group gave "self-discipline" awards to the Internet companies that had censored the most online content.