Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Filtered Future - China's bid to divide the Internet.

By Tim Wu: "The end of June marked the deadline for independent Chinese bloggers to register with the government. That requirement is another sign, along with Microsoft's recent admission that its Chinese blog site would block titles like 'freedom' and 'democracy,' of the country's efforts to control the Internet. In the United States, the mainstream assumption is that such controls are easily evaded and will do little to slow China's inexorable march to democracy. The country's leaders are 'digging the Communist Party's grave, by giving the Chinese people broadband,' writes New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof. 'There just aren't enough police to control the Internet.' "

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