America funding technology to break web censorship in repressive regimes, such as China and Iran.

This article titled “US to spend m fighting internet censorship” was written by Dominic Rushe in New York, for The Guardian on Thursday 12th May 2011 01.14 UTC

The United States is playing a game of “cat and mouse” on the web, funding new technology aimed at breaking internet censorship in repressive regimes including China and Iran, officials have said.

Michael Posner, the US assistant secretary of state for human rights, said projects being funded by the US government included technology that acts as a “slingshot” – identifying censored material and throwing it back on to the web for users to find. The project is part of a m (£18m) state department project to encourage civil liberty online.

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