Re: Bad Logic
> Yet another horrible example of
> Political repression through
> web-filtering? Since when was political
> change realized over the Internet? The
> Internet, by its very nature, is
> ultimately controllable by the
> government. So what? To effect political
> change, we have to actually get out of
> our basements, walk up (physically!) to
> the place where political decisions are
> made, and complain.
> If the Internet can be subverted by
> the government, so what? Let's walk down
> to the Capitol with some grievances and
> solve the problem; democracy is about
> mobilization -- for those of you who
> haven't left your bedroom in the past 12
> months, mobilization means "moving
> around." You're stuck in an
> alternate, and very inaccurate, reality
> if you believe that control over
> something as non-physical as the
> Internet could somehow strip away our
> powers over the people who govern us.
You have to be American. Think outside of your own borders.
There have been published articles discussing China's attempts to control what the general public can access on the internet.
The internet may well be a fantastic tool to bring together like minded individuals towards a common goal, be it building an OS or subverting the government.
Governments are not always there to look out for the common person's human rights - China (and I dare say other not-exactly-democratic governments too) have realised what a problem the internet/information age is to their decades (or longer) old grip on the populous, and are attempting to control it - by the very things the author of the article mentioned - web filtering, email scanning and so on.
Yes, there are probably ways around this (encryption being the first one that springs to mind) - however it doesn't take much for a government to pass laws to ban encryption, or at least demand the keys to encrypted documents or send the "subversive" person(s) to jail.
In this case, it's not just China - Britain's RIP bill has passed a law which does exactly that - if you do not give up keys to encrypted documents in the course of a criminal investigation, you can face several years in jail.
Of course, the British justice system has to answer to the public, press and other human rights bodies if things start to go wrong.
Other governments might not pay so much attention, or even make the case public.