Human rights organisation Amnesty International is stepping up its efforts to raise awareness of online censorship issues with the relaunch of its irrepressible.info website and a worldwide debate the fight back against internet repression.
Amnesty launched its irrepressible.info site http://irrepressible.info in May last year aimed at highlighting issues of online censorship in response to some countries’ attempts to censor what people say online.
An RSS (really simply syndication) newsfeed aggregator will be added to the site so that anyone with an interest in internet freedom issues will easily be able to keep up to date with developments.
Amnesty will be hosting a debate, chaired by the BBC's Clark Boyd, covering issues of freedom of expression on the internet next month at which participants will be Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, jailed US blogger Josh Wolf, dotcom entrepreneur Martha-Lane Fox and well-known names from the blogging community such as The Guardian’s Kevin Anderson.
Although the event, subtitled ‘The Struggle for Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace’ will take place in London, it will also be broadcast as a live webcast with international contributors contributing via podcasts and vodcasts (video podcasts).
Amnesty says thousands of people will take part in the event on 6 June with questions and contributions also being submitted via email.