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Posted On: 7 March 2010 11:56 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

The Internet Content Debate!!

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One of the hottest debates in the ICT realm these days worldwide is who controls online content. The debate recently reached a boiling point when Google told the Chinese government it would not filter search results. For some, control of internet content should rest with policy makers and government regulators, while many others believe there should be no restrictions and individual internet users should be able to make their own decisions on what to access. Still others believe it is the responsibility of the internet service provider (ISP) to monitor content. What do you think and which side do you agree with? The debate continued at ictQATAR's recent Digital Communications Literacy Forum, co-hosted with the International Institute of Communications (IIC) on February 9th, 2010, with both adults and youth voicing their views on internet content. During a session titled "The Future Challenges for Digital Communications Literacy", Abdul Aziz Al Mahmoud, a journalist from Qatar and Jeff Cole, Director of the World Internet Project, shared their thoughts, and then engage in a dialogue with Mohamed Farid and Lolwa Al Jefairi, students from Northwestern University in Qatar. Read what the speakers and participants said about the control of Internet content, by reading ictQATAR's latest e-newsletter issue: