Perennial EU membership aspirant unlikely to relent anytime soon
Not all that long ago, Turkey was this increasingly progressive EU membership hopeful that Internet censorship watchdogs around the world weren’t overly concerned about; despite Internet censorship being very tangible, the general outlook, if not exactly positive, wasn't alarmingly negative, either. All that has changed dramatically in the past couple of months, first with the enactment of a new Internet censorship law and then with premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s open vow to “eradicate Twitter.”
From telling Iran they shouldn’t torture quite so many bloggers to complaining about China hacking Google, America is big on pushing Internet freedom around the world these days. Even before the Arab Revolutions, ensuring Internet freedom was an official foreign policy objective. But you know what would make us more plausible advocates for a free Internet? If we had one.
Note: This column was originally featured in the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.