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Foreign Office Minister meets Google executives to discuss internet freedom

On UN International Human Rights Day, Jeremy Browne visited Google’s offices for a round-table discussion on freedom of expression on the internet.

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During the visit, the Minister spoke with Google’s Head of Strategy for Europe, Middle East & Africa Scott Rubin and Director of Communications for Northern & Central Europe Peter Barron, along with Susan Morgan, Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), and Emily Butselaar, Online Editor of the Index on Censorship. They discussed a range of issues, including internet freedom, the need to uphold international standards on freedom of expression on the internet and the role of companies. The Minister also watched a presentation to learn about tools Google is using to help manage freedom of expression issues.

UN International Human Rights Day takes place every year on 10 December. Foreign Secretary William Hague has recorded a video statement to mark the day. You can find out more about our work by following our human rights Twitter feed @FCOHumanRights and visiting our refreshed human rights section.

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Published 10 December 2010