A controversial summit on the future of the Internet has opened in Tunisia.The UN-organised World Summit on the Information Society brings together about 10,000 delegates.Some people, however, have questioned whether the African country was the suitable host for the conference, with claims it has a bad track record in freedom of expression.Some journalists there have been on a hunger strike for almost a month, demanding better conditions for reporters.
Concern was also voiced in Paris last week after a French reporter was attacked in the street. Other foreign reporters have complained of state censorship.Tunisia’s information minister says he believes there has been too much of a focus on the issue of press freedom in his country.
As well as debating how poor countries can also benefit from the Internet, the conference will discuss whether the US should remain in control of how the worldwide web is run. Some governments argue it is time an international authority was set up.