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Google Urges Governments To Challenge Web Censorship

Google has slammed web censorship policies used by countries like China and Turkey, describing them as the "trade barriers of the 21st century".

In a blog post, the company said that blocking the free flow of information on the internet not only violates human rights, but also harms trade practices.

Google explained that the internet had been a huge influence on the development of countries and trade over the last two decades but practices adopted by some countries were threatening to harm the "engine of economic growth".

“Governments are blocking online services, imposing non-transparent regulation, and seeking to incorporate surveillance tools into their Internet infrastructure. These are the trade barriers of the 21st century economy,” Google said.

The company has urged US, European and other western policy makers in a white paper to join together and break down the trade barriers of web censorship imposed by some countries.