Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 17th Nov 2011 08:05 UTC
Legal A New York Times guest editorial titled Stop the Great Firewall of America says "China operates the world's most elaborate and opaque system of Internet censorship. But Congress... is considering misguided legislation that would strengthen China's Great Firewall and even bring major features of it to America." The culprit is the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act. Sounds good until you read that "The bills empower the attorney general to create a blacklist of sites to be blocked by Internet service providers, search engines, payment providers and advertising networks, all without a court hearing or a trial." Rather like the Department of Homeland Security's seizure of websites for copyright violations without the constitutionally-required court orders. If you're not an American citizen, why should you care? Read this Techdirt article telling how the U.S. seized a Spanish domain name that had already been declared legal by the Spanish courts.
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RE[2]: There's also
by Laurence on Thu 17th Nov 2011 14:21 UTC in reply to "RE: There's also"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

There's also one here in Norway. Granted, it's for "preventing access to child pornography" - it's still a secret blacklist that all ISP needs to implement.

Indeed, and that's just what happened here in the UK. Content holders have successfully forced some ISPs to use their child porn filter to blacklist a usenet search engine.

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"Child Porn" is a red herring
by benali72 on Thu 17th Nov 2011 18:26 in reply to "RE[2]: There's also"
benali72 Member since:
2008-05-03

The People's Democratic Republic of China justifies its great firewall on the basis that it reduces child pornography. This is also the reason cited by many US congressional representatives justifying the need for government internet controls.

Child porn is the perfect false justification for government censorship, a great way to divert the public from the real reasons. After all, who could possible argue against restricting "child porn"?

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The People's Democratic Republic of China justifies its great firewall on the basis that it reduces child pornography. This is also the reason cited by many US congressional representatives justifying the need for government internet controls.

Child porn is the perfect false justification for government censorship, a great way to divert the public from the real reasons. After all, who could possible argue against restricting "child porn"?

Nicely put

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bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15

WATOTC? "Won't anyone think of the children?"
The ultimate red herring indeed.

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