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U.S. Internet Freedom Pledge Fails to Get Global South Support

Press release published by the Kenyan government that denied it had agreed to join a U.S.-led partnership for the "Future of the Internet."

Sixty countries signed a U.S.-led “Declaration of the Future of the Internet” late last week that called for greater online “openness and democracy.” But who chose not to join is rapidly becoming the main story. But who chose not to join is rapidly becoming the main story.

The declaration isn’t legally binding. Rather it is presented as a reference for public policy. The signatories dedicated themselves to avoiding government shutdowns of the internet, freedom for all people to connect, the protection and advancement of human rights online, and the avoidance of unlawful surveillance. 

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