Microsoft: Gates Says Censorship Won’t Work

Bill Gates says that in the end, Internet censorship will not work. He suggests that censorship will be overcome by “commercial forces”, which is interesting because on the one hand companies are self-censoring already but some are also pushing for change. For example, Google is trying to have censorship treated as a barrier to trade. Gates stated:

“I don’t see any risk in the world at large that someone will restrict free content flow on the Internet,” he said. “You cannot control the Internet.”

In the long run, free speech will win out, Gates said.

It will be driven by business requirements. Restrictions on free speech will curtail business activity, and so commercial forces will work against censorship, Gates said. “If your country wants to have a developed economy … you basically have to open up the Internet,” he said.

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