04 May 2006

Internet censorship

The following BBC article, citing a Reporters Without Borders report, explains the extent of censorship in more repressive regimes around the world, now extending to Internet access.

Noticing that dissidents were using the Internet as an effective organizing tool, some governments have decided to limit Internet access to public terminals, which are easier to monitor. Others, like China and UAE, have set up massive firewalls blocking out objectionable foreign websites. In all cases, people from Iran to Zimbabwe have been arrested for speaking out on the Internet.

This is a horrible development. The Internet was designed to circumvent such attempts to control and destroy the flow of information. Moreover, if current trends continue unchecked, I am pretty sure that the United States will be the next to follow suit.