Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jul 2013 09:52 UTC
Legal "The pornography filtering system praised by David Cameron is controlled by the controversial Chinese company Huawei, the BBC has learned. UK-based employees at the firm are able to decide which sites TalkTalk's net filtering service blocks." The irony. It hurts.
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Chinese firm
by Alfman on Fri 26th Jul 2013 16:10 UTC
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Why criticize Cameron for choosing a Chinese firm? I mean, assuming one is on board with implementing a net censorship regime in the first place, then he might as well go to the world experts, no?

I despise the whole thing with a passion, but really would this have been any less controversial with a system developed elsewhere? I would hope people find this appalling for what it is rather than where it came from.

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RE: Chinese firm
by Soulbender on Sat 27th Jul 2013 05:26 in reply to "Chinese firm"
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2005-08-18

But don't you see? Surveillance programs developed in the West are good because they're protecting you freedom and rights and cute little kittens (and no, not the profits of big business. Not that. At all).
All this foreign stuff is just evil, horrible foreign stuff. You can tell because it's not from the West. Fu-manchu rises again!

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RE: Chinese firm
by kwan_e on Sat 27th Jul 2013 08:50 in reply to "Chinese firm"
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2007-02-18

I despise the whole thing with a passion, but really would this have been any less controversial with a system developed elsewhere?


Yes it would.

See, censorship in a democracy is already VERY controversial. Then the fact that they use tax payer money to fund a Chinese supplied system makes the already VERY controversial into a holy-fuck controversial.

See, people aren't saying that it's only controversial because Huawei is selling the system. You would have noticed that there's already discontent with the plan.

And now they're complaining that an already bad plan is revealed to be worse.

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RE[2]: Chinese firm
by Soulbender on Sat 27th Jul 2013 12:11 in reply to "RE: Chinese firm"
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2005-08-18

And now they're complaining that an already bad plan is revealed to be worse.


Except the situation wouldn't have been any better if they had decided on Cisco, Juniper, Websense or whatever.

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