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Becoming Media Literate

Nowadays, the Internet allows free speech and access to information around the world. This expansion of freedom allows people to be a real citizen and to participate in the public life. For instance, Internet and social networks as Twitter or Facebook contributed to the Arab Spring and the liberation of Tunisia and Egypt from totalitarian regimes.

But others countries such as North Korea  in the extreme example, China, Russia,  or other authoritarian regimes, Internet freedom is a threat, to be countered by censorship, the imprisonment of bloggers and domestic spying. And for occidental countries such a s the U.S,  the non respect of Internet freedom is becoming an issue in diplomatic and commercial relation.

Besides, it appears that this Internet war take  huge proportions. Some countries and especially China leads cyberattacks on U.S military and other government agencies, or on companies that offer Internet access and services to its citizens.  Many U.S. companies such as Google or Apple had been the object of cyberattacks from China .

So I think that is a real issue and it is important that countries, where Internet access is free, have to continue to  defend companies and cyberspace and to take measures to help human rights advocates, free speech and access to information.

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