Despite what happened to two young Mumbai girls for posting comments on Facebook against chaos created by Shiv Sena activists after the death of Bal Thackeray or despite what happened to the cartoonist Asim Trivedi for drawing objectionable cartoons during the anti-corruption movement in Delhi some time back, telecom minister Kapil Sibal is still selling the idea of freedom of internet in the country.
Speaking at Google Big Tent event in Delhi said that the internet is vital for the society as it gives people an opportunity for their voices to be heard.
“There should be no doubt that we are wedded to the freedom of expression.” He said. “Underlining the power of the internet as a most inclusive medium, as there are no borders on the net, he stated we must move slowly but surely towards making internet the equine.”
Last year the government had asked the department of telecommunications (DoT) to direct all the telecom service providers to upgrade their software to intercept websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube that use web 2.0 technology.
While maintaining that there should be no censorship on internet he said that from the point of view of the State the country must have an enabling framework-rules and regulations must not come in the way of the growth of the net.
“It will be truly transformative, if through the internet, we can reach people in their traditional languages” he said.
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