Tunisian bloggers and hackers were recently hosted by Tunisian Internet Agency (TIA) in their headquarters to discuss internet freedom.
In the workshop, they discussed ways in which internet may be censored and shared ways to determining whether such methods existed and how to counteract them.
Hythem el-Mekki, a journalist who was almost arrested in 2011 for his anti-censorship activity was also a participant. He emphasized the importance of internet freedom.
“Internet freedom means Internet without censorship and without surveillance,” he told Tunisia Live.
He added that companies and governments should not interfere so as to facilitate free space for sharing, self-expression, and socializing as well as spreading information.
The participating bloggers and hackers were also given a chance to try and disable machines that powered the Ben Ali censorship regime that were put back online.
The event established the intense changes in the Tunisian government’s attitude toward communications technology since the revolution.
The live–blogging highlighted the importance for blogs to empower freedom of expression by introducing best performances that bloggers can follow.
Karim Benabdallah, a Tunisian blogger said that the bloggers and hacker came together as members of a civil society to share their experiences with the public and show that young people are active on the internet
Representatives from global government, civil society and members of academia, business, and the technical community are expected to participate in the two-day Freedom Online 2013 conference.