A Rough Guide To Internet Censhorship

Sunday, 5 July 2009

It's an international business that has great potential for further expansion as recessions deepen and social unrest increases: Wikileaks.

This is how China's answer to GOT responded in February when the State threw up its Golden Shield, the Great Firewall of China, in order to 'sanitize thousands of sites and social networks' - all in the name of harmony, of course:

I suspect we'll soon be hearing a lot more of the word 'harmonisation'. It's already very popular with the EU when it talks about taxes, measurement systems, educational qualifications, crime measurement statistics and so on.

In the UK we have the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) which, you'll be pleased to hear "operates independently of Government". But, wait a minute, they also say they're "closely supported by the Home Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Ministry of Justice as well as working with the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and a number of Parliamentarians, Peers and MEPs who take an interest in our work." They're also partly funded by the EU.

I'm clearly going to have to bring my techie skills up-to-date.
UPDATE: Spyblog picks apart Gordon's UK cyber security - no democratic accountability


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The Englishman said...

It's not much better where I live (Thailand) internet censorship is rife.

5 July 2009 at 15:02