Nov 16, 2009 8:22 AM by by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

President Obama defends internet freedom

SHANGHAI (AP) - President Barack Obama is promoting the idea of Internet freedom to people in China - a land where such freedom is uncommon. The president told a group of Chinese students that unrestricted Internet access in the United States is a source of strength. He also says it provides for an open exchange of information - and that can make all nations stronger. During the
town hall-style meeting in Shanghai, Obama said he opposed limits on the Internet and on communications portals like Twitter. The president joked that he sometimes wishes information didn't flow as freely as it does in the United States - so he wouldn't have to hear criticism of his policies.

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