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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ISOC condemns US travel ban, says its 'anathema'

The Internet Society (ISOC) has reacted in condemnation of the last week’s travel ban by the United States, describing it as an anathema to the society and values it represents, reports ITRealms.

ISOC, ITRealms gathered is an American, non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, access, and policy.

ISOC prides itself with the mission "to promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world".

President and chief executive officer, ISOC, Kathy Brown, in a public statement made available to ITRealms that as a global organization with trustees, employees, chapters and members all over the world, ISOC is deeply troubled by actions taken by the U.S.

Noting, no doubt that such action placed immediate and unprecedented bans on entry to the United States of citizens and refugees of seven majority-Muslim countries.

This, she also said, not only will the purported bans place an unwarranted burden on people in our organization, “it is an anathema to the Internet Society whose values rest firmly on a commitment to an open, globally connected community dedicated to the open, global Internet.”

ISOC, Brown said, is encouraged by the countries who have rejected the U.S. action this weekend and by the human rights organizations that have stood in solidarity with countless refugees and travelers who were so abruptly halted in entering the U.S.

“We are watching developments; I will keep you updated as we know more,” she assured.

 Chuks Egbune/GEE
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