Cerf Fears Government Cyber, Anti-Piracy Laws
Posted in: Government & Policy at 22/05/2012 14:07
Governments around the world are using cybersecurity and other fears to "cloak" efforts to crack down on political speech, Vint Cerf, known as one of the fathers of the Internet, said on Monday.
The tendency among tech advocates to highlight the role the Internet played in the Arab Spring has instilled fear of the Internet in regimes that are now taking a harder line, said Cerf, now a vice president at Google. Speaking at the Freedom to Connect conference, organized by Google, Mozilla, and the New America Foundation, among others, Cerf noted a contradiction between American officials' efforts to promote Internet freedom overseas, and domestic law enforcement and legislation aimed at cyberthreats and online piracy.