US govt seeks to monitor online freedom

The US State Department has established the Global Internet Freedom Task Force, a government group which will focus on the "foreign policy aspects of Internet freedom," an AFP report said.


The report said the task force would look into issues on Internet freedom, including restriction of access to political content, the use of technology to track and repress dissidents, and efforts to modify Internet governance structures to restrict the free flow of information.


The report further said that the task force would be overseen by the US government's Undersecretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs Josette Shiner, and Undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky.


The task force would coordinate with other US government agencies, non-government organizations and academics, the report said.