Eric Schmidt: Global internet censorship to end within a decade

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Addressing audience at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, made a bold prediction saying that global internet censorship will within a decade.

In his lecture, Schmidt said that “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”.

“I believe there’s a real chance that we can eliminate censorship and the possibility of censorship in a decade”, reported Reuters.

Schmidt has been talking against limitations to the freedom of expression and restricted Internet access around the world for long. To promote the cause, he even to North Korea, a country disconnected from the rest of the world.

Schmidt also spoke a few words for the NSA, claiming that “with sufficiently long keys and changing the keys all the time” encryption can be a decent foil to snooping spooks.

“It’s pretty clear to me that government surveillance and the way in which governments are doing this will be here to stay in some form, because it’s how the citizens will express themselves, and the governments will want to know what they’re doing,” Schmidt added.

“In that race, I think the censors will lose, and I think that people would be empowered.”