02/14/2011 06:06 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Real Internet Censors: Unaccountable ISPs?

[A] new report suggests that nations are slowly turning ISPs into the off-duty information cops of the world. Eager to placate politicians in order to achieve their own goals (like the selective throttling of data), networks are cooperating with governments looking for easy, informal solutions to difficult problems like copyright infringement, dangerous speech, online vice, and child pornography.

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