At Meeting, GOVS Focus on Free Internet

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – In recent years, as the web has grown and become more accessible worldwide, more concerns have arisen concerning governments limiting internet access.

Such examples can include China blocking some popular websites within their country or various countries cutting off internet access during anti-government protests (Syria).

Recently, the issue took center stage as leaders convened for the London Conference on Cyberspace in England. The United Kingdom and the U.S. in particular urged the advancement of internet freedom.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden made remarks live video link, discussing how internet openness shouldn’t be stifled, despite a “quest for security.”

Meanwhile, according an AFP report, British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated, “We must aspire to a future for cyberspace which is not stifled by government control or censorship, but where innovation and competition flourish and investment and enterprise are rewarded.”

Hague also specifically cited governments tampering down on online access during protests, a notion he strongly disagreed with.

Besides world leaders, AFP reported the others in attendance included tech firms, security experts, and more. British Prime Minister David Cameron also spoke at the event. For more information on the matter, visit: