Wednesday, June 06, 2007

See no evil

"The most enthusiastic customers for [filtering] technology are repressive governments, such as Syria, China, and the United Arab Emirates, regimes that cheerfully jail their citizens for thinking the wrong thoughts and uttering the wrong words. These countries aren't too worried about falsely blocking useful information — the proles don't need it and the elite can always get around it. And as to letting 'bad' information slip through? When censorship is just one weapon in an oppressive arsenal that includes torture, spying, and a ban on demonstrations and political speech, a few slips of the filter can be forgiven." —Cory Doctorow

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