Oppose Internet Censorship

I have joined Aussie mate Ergun Çoruh, author of Negative Matter, in support of The Great Australian Internet Blackout.

I believe everyone has a responsibility to oppose state-sponsored control (and censorship) of the free, transparent, and responsible flow of information over the Internet whether in China, Australia, or your home country.

From Monday, January 25th to Friday, January 29th, Aussie websites will turn their lights out — black out — to inform Australians and the world about the insidious threat of state-imposed Internet censorship.

No posts this week in recognition of the black out.

Google’s New World Order

In January 2006 Google’s launch of a censored search engine in China was considered a black day for freedom of expression. Google believed the benefits of increased access to the Chinese people outweighed their discomfort in censoring some results.

It must have been difficult for Google executives to consider walking away from the potential AdWords and AdSense revenue. So they didn’t.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an international non-profit digital rights advocacy and legal organization, criticized Google’s capitulation with the Chinese government.

Fast-forward 4 Years

In A New Approach to China, a frustrated Google throws down the gauntlet to the Chinese government

no more censorship on google.cn

Co-founder Sergey Brin, the son of persecuted Russian Jews, is likely Google’s conscience in this scuttlebutt with China according to the musings of Ken Auletta (journalist and author of Googled – The End of the World As We Know It).

Danny O’Brien of the EFF recently said of Google’s turn-about

we’d now like to be one of the first to commend Google for its brave and forthright declaration to provide only an uncensored Chinese language version of its search engine.

I recalled Newman’s most sage-like warning from an episode of Seinfeld – the American television sitcom from the 1990s

alright, alright, alright you go ahead, you go ahead you keep it secret, but you remember this…when you control the mail, you control information!

The first distinguishing characteristic of the new World Order that global conflicts are not always government to government. Conflicts are now corporation to government as well.

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