Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jun 2011 18:51 UTC
Internet & Networking It's official now. The signs had been there for a while now. While the west bangs on about the importance of freedom and democracy, they don't actually want anyone to have too much of it. The US, France, and the UK have jointly pretty much declared war on freedom on the web.
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Impossible task
by Hypnos on Fri 10th Jun 2011 03:02 UTC
Hypnos
Member since:
2008-11-19

"Policing the Internet" will be at least as expensive and destructive as the Drug War.

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RE: Impossible task
by bitwelder on Fri 10th Jun 2011 06:20 in reply to "Impossible task"
bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

Good point. But do you think it is a sufficient argument to deter politicians to go on that path?
(Before answering, check recent history of calls for "War on x", for several values of x)

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RE: Impossible task
by KLU9 on Fri 10th Jun 2011 21:46 in reply to "Impossible task"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

The Great Firewall of China doesn't seem to have led to internet smuggling gangs in neighboring countries slaughtering each other, poor migrants, journalists, rehab patients, the few honest police and judges left, anyone who just happens to be in the area... and friends and relatives attending the funerals of any of the above.

As someone living in Mexico as it goes through these very real consequences of the war on drugs, I'm afraid I find your analogy facile in the extreme.

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RE[2]: Impossible task
by Hypnos on Sat 11th Jun 2011 00:59 in reply to "RE: Impossible task"
Hypnos Member since:
2008-11-19

You're assuming that the Great Firewall actually does something and increases the cost of obtaining information. Piracy, for example, is rampant. Dissident speech is restricted, but not effectively, which is why the party is going after people like Ai WeiWei offline.

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