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Even in a state of emergency, France won't block Wi-Fi or Tor, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said last week.
Produced for Dec. 15, 2014, but can air a few days later.
France won't be shutting down public Wi-Fi networks or banning Tor, not even during a state of emergency, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said last week. He had to make the statement because the French newspaper Le Monde reported the week before that the government was considering such measures. "Internet is a freedom, is an extraordinary means of communication between people, it is a benefit to the economy," Valls said. "It is also a means for terrorists to communicate and spread their totalitarian ideology. The police must take in all of these aspects to improve their fight against terrorism, but the measures we take must be effective." In the United States, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested he may want to shut down the internet to battle terrorism, and most other candidates have wished for more surveillance on citizens in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris, Colorado Springs, and San Bernadino.
France won't shut down Wi-Fi for Dec. 15, 2015
Radio news about radio waves.
Produced at Wave Farm/WGXC in the Hudson Valley, New York.