Monday, June 14, 2010

Why Internet censorship won't work

There has been a great deal of attention to China's attempts to censor Internet content in support of the Communist Party's policies, especially against Taiwanese and Tibetan independence. Most IT professionals are of the opinion that such a "super firewall" is impractical, if not impossible. This article from the industry publication eWeek gives ten reasons why. However, do take a look at the comments -- they offer some valuable perspective and counterpoint on the issue.

My take-home: Concern about proposed policy in the United States to censor Internet content is probably overblown, especially when the technological sophistication of Americans is taken into account. Any attempts to legislate it should, of course, be resisted; but if enacted, it may prove unenforceable.

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