>> Top tech companies finding themselves in a tough spot with the governments around the world who wanna crack down on free speed on the internet. In Bolivia, President Evo Morales has said the country needs to quote regulate the social networks. A bill in Pakistan would allow the government to block internet content to protect the integrity, security or defense of the state.
And in Brazil lawmakers are considering a measure making it easier to issue blanket shutdowns of popular social media and messaging services. Reuters correspondent Yasmeen Abutaleb says these measures sometimes go beyond just blocking content.>> They'll say things like you can't write things that would threaten the public order or that the government would be allowed restrict or remove information or post that would pose a security threat.
So, these are really broad things that aren't well defined that can be interpreted pretty vastly by a government that doesn't want to be criticized.>> The threat posed by overly intrusive surveillance are outlined in a report by Reuters, coming out this week at a meeting of the organization for economic cooperation and development in Cancun, Mexico.
It spotlights the business and ethical conflicts faced by Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others, which are so often the target of these proposals.>> Critics of these moves are saying, the internet is supposed to be an open and public place for discourse and having these types of laws that would restrict what you can and cannot access and that would restrict speech, threatened that and it really undermines everything that the Internet is supposed to be.
>> Crackdowns have been discussed, proposed or even made law in nearly a dozen countries