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« Business, Politics, & Science | Main | Does 10% = Halfway? »

June 14, 2005


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Great, mention those keywords and have CRN censored too :) It doesn't help matters when the commonly believed paradigm that increased trade and commerce will help politically open up such backwaters, fails because corporations such as Microsoft facilitate censorship for fear of losing marketshare. (By the way, I screwed up the Wise-Nano front page trying to post an article in the "Implementation Policy-Education" section; someone plz fix it if you can. The old main page is still there in the history. Sorry and Thx)

Tom Craver

I've been thinking a little about China and censorship and the saying that "The Internet treats censorship as failure and routes around it". I think that's only true so long as there are people who want it to be true, and actively seek ways to make it happen.

What if people whose sites are being censored got angry enough about China's censorship to form a loose info-insurgency against it? If several hundred or thousand sites got together, it wouldn't be hard to finance an "roving web site" - i.e one whose IP address changes frequently enough to stay ahead of the censors.

A little self-installing application could receive a push of the changing IP addresses. Use some of the tricks spammers and virus writers use, to make it hard to get rid of and easy to find and use.

I'm sure China would demand that other nations help them quash it - it'd be interesting to see which nations would be willing to treat as a crime any effort to promote freedom of the internet press in China.

And suppose China retaliated against those that did not cooperate? E.g. suppose it declared that it would not enforce IP rights for those nations - and then secretly financed massive download sites for movies, music, books, auto-ripped "fee" websites, etc. With the movie, music and publishing industries screaming, and even some of the online publishers feeling the pain, how long would it be before governments that had held out previously, caved in and declared that it would "support" China's right to "enforce local standards" on the Internet?

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