Internet Governance Glossary

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3.1 Free flow of information

Free flow of information is considered an essential component of the “Internet way of life. It is closely related to the fundamental human right of freedom of opinion and expression. It also refers to the freedom of spreading news or ideas, transmitting scientific or technological data, making people aware of matters essential to democratic life, or providing a medium for individual or collective cultural expression. However, this flow might also be hindered by some "obstacles" such as State secrets or intellectual property rights.