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Old 12-22-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Default How much internet censorship is there?

Blue --> No censorship

Yellow --> Some censorship

Red --> Under surveillance

Black--> Internet black holes (most heavily censored nations)

Internet censorship is control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the Internet. The legal issues are similar to offline censorship.

One difference is that national borders are more permeable online: residents of a country that bans certain information can find it on websites hosted outside the country. A government can try to prevent its citizens from viewing these even if it has no control over the websites themselves.

Filtering can be based on a blacklist or be dynamic. In the case of a blacklist, that list is usually not published. The list may be produced manually or automatically.

Barring total control on Internet-connected computers, such as in North Korea, total censorship of information on the Internet is very difficult (or impossible) to achieve due to the underlying distributed technology of the Internet. Pseudonymity and data havens (such as Freenet) allow unconditional free speech, as the technology guarantees that material cannot be removed and the author of any information is impossible to link to a physical identity or organization.

So how long before the internet becomes more censored. Alex Jones is always discussing this.

I believe that youtube is heavily censored already.

Here is an example. Click on the following link and read the article. Now click on the youtube vid on the page and see what happens. You guessed it. gone.

Child Assaulted by His Teacher for Giving Out Vaccination Information

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Old 12-22-2009, 01:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: How much internet censorship is there?

Australia will try to censor the Internet

By Nick Farrell
Tuesday, 15 December 2009,

THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT has decided that the land Down Under will become the only Western Democracy to attempt to censor the Internet.

Despite warnings that the government is committing political suicide and the technology will not work, the Rudd government is screaming for the same controls over its citizens as Communist China.

It is insisting that filtering a blacklist of banned sites will be accurate and won't slow down the Internet.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today that he will introduce legislation just before next year's elections to force ISPs to block a government blacklist of "refused classification" (RC) websites for all Australian Internet users.

The website blacklist is a 21st century version of book burning, featuring everything that good decent citizens should not like.

The Australian Government claims its list only includes things like child sex abuse, sexual violence and instructions on crime. However the list will be compiled using a public complaints mechanism, Government censors and URLs provided by 'international agencies'. Of course no one can imagine how anything could go wrong with that.

Conroy said that most good decent cobbers know there is a some Internet material that is not acceptable in any civilised society and it is important that all Australians, particularly young children, are protected from this material.

Of course good decent cobbers will be asking the government to tell them what is bad for them and this is where it will all go pear-shaped.

The Government's top-secret list of banned sites was leaked onto the web in March, revealing the scope of the filtering could extend significantly beyond child porn and other bad things.

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