Britain warns Russia, China on Internet rights

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LONDON (AP) ? British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned Moscow and Beijing that authoritarian governments are clamping down on freedom of expression on the Internet.

Hague was speaking Wednesday at the close of a two-day cybersecurity conference in London.

Asked about a Russo-Chinese proposal for an Internet “code of conduct,” Hague said those countries’ attitudes toward the Internet didn’t match his own.

He predicted that governments who attempted to resist “the tide that is flowing toward greater transparency and accountability” would fail.

Hague said he wouldn’t seek to square Chinese or Russian Internet policies with Britain’s, explaining that it was up to others to “square themselves” with free expression and an open Web.