Will government censorship end in a decade?
Executive Chairman at Google Eric Schmidt has recently predicted that government censorship is something that will be eliminated in a decade's time.
During a lecture at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Schmidt said that the use of encryption may be the answer to government surveillance, where the location, content and destination of traffic will be so encrypted that it won't be detectable to a government censor.
When talking about encryption, Schmidt recognised that it will always be a cat-and-mouse: "First they try to block you; second, they try to infiltrate you; and third, you win. I really think that's how it works. Because the power is shifted." However, he predicts that the censors will eventually lose as they will be unable to control or stop the increasingly long and complex encryption keys.
Schmidt's fight against interest censorship
At present, countries such as China, North Korea and Burma offer restricted access to the internet. Schmidt has visited several countries in an attempt to loosen restrictions and promote the benefits of adopting a more open approach to the internet.
In a trip to Burma in March 2013, Schmidt urged for the government to adopt a free internet, with Google even launching www.google.com.mm with content and access to Google Apps appropriate for Burmese users.
Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword, said: "Google is dedicated to getting internet restrictions lifted in countries where government censorships block user access. From touring through countries to talking in lectures, Schmidt is hoping to spread the message that a free internet is something to be welcomed."