At the Internet Governance Forum in Egypt security guards — on the orders of the sponsor of the conference, the Unitd Nations — first knocked over and then removed a poster advertising a new book on how governments control Internet access.
The book was written by the OpenNet Initiative. The dispute came because a blurb from the book’s cover was on the poster. And the offensive language?
“The first generation of Internet controls consisted largely of building firewalls at key Internet gateways; China’s famous “Great Firewall of China” is one of the first national Internet filtering systems.”
Now to be fair, the UN special rapporteur for human rights told the book authors they should write a letter of complaint to the Human Rights commission.
This ought to be fun to follow. Different UN agencies fighting with each other over freedom of expression.