The Nobel Peace Prize winner who was held under house arrest as a political prisoner for much of the past 22 years without even a telephone was asked on Friday at the World Economic Forum on East Asia when she would join the 900-million member social network.
She said it was not an issue with adjusting to new technology,but a matter of finding the time. She said she will join when her schedule opens up.
Mind you,you never know what will happen with the technological revolution, she said at a news conference. Facebook may be old hat tomorrow. In that case,I won’t go on Facebook.
Under Myanmar’s previous military junta,her countrymen with Internet connections were blocked by a government firewall from accessing many sites. The reformist but still military-backed government elected last year has since eased most of those restrictions.
Suu Kyi herself had a broadband internet connection installed at her house shortly after her release.
Suu Kyi also said Friday that she is a big fan of mobile phones,and opposes Myanmar’s tight licensing rules on them. This means that we cannot promote the distribution of cellphones as much as we would wish to,and I think we would all agree that cellphones are very important in both the political and economic opening up of any country, she said.