No Link for Misguided Misinformation – Part 3/5

September 24, 2011

Kier is correct about censorship in China, but China does not have a freedom of the press clause in its Constitution, and Saudi Arabia is even more repressive but that doesn’t stop the US from buying Saudi oil. In addition, the major media in China is owned by the government.

How many that read this post know that freedom of expression in the United States only applies to criticisms of the American government, and workers do not have freedom of expression in the private sector? In America, it is highly possible to get fired for saying something that is forbidden or unacceptable by a company one works for.

In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that students attending America’s public schools do not have freedom of expression in the classroom if it disrupts the learning environment.

In China, there is censorship of the media and of the Internet, but it is a leaky bucket.  Books that are banned are only banned in Mandarin but that does not mean they are not available to the general population.

Bookstores, both state and private owned, often have banned titles available in English or other languages and since learning English is mandatory in the public schools, many in China may buy and read banned books without a problem.

In addition, there is an active black market in Mandarin translations of banned books as there is a black market for pirated DVDs of Western movies and TV series (some of which are banned in China). The Chinese people are notorious for finding ways to get around government rules.

As for censorship of the Internet, that is a joke.  I have friends in China that often use proxy servers daily to log onto the Internet and bypass the censors to access information in the West that China’s censors fail to block.  It takes a few minutes of effort for those that want to access censored sites on the Internet, but millions do it daily. At its worst, censorship in China is a nuisance.

In addition, there are more Blogs in China than any other country, and those Blogs are actively expressing themselves regardless of the censors, which has led to reversals of laws and government policies unpopular with millions of people.

In fact, my Blog is a WordPress Blog and WordPress is censored in China, but I have readers from China logging in daily to read my posts.

Continued on September 25, 2011 in No Link for Misguided Misinformation – Part 4 or return to Part 2


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Policing the Internet

November 12, 2010

Live says, The Internet was created by the United States government for universities to exchange knowledge. In 1994, Bill Clinton let private companies open up the Internet to the public. What happened next is the wild Wild West. If you wanted to say hateful or racist things that you would never say if others knew, you could say them. If you had snapped a naked picture of your neighbor…

You could put it online and anyone with a 56kb modem could look and there basically wasn’t anything anyone could do. Same deal with the URL address. URLs were basically given away. If someone else got there first, they kept it.

However, things on the Internet are slowly changing as the Internet regulators tighten rules.

Policing the Internet is exactly what Shanghai is doing. Besides, China’s famous Net Nanny so many in the West grumble about, Shanghai’s government has blacklisted 80 netizens and exposed their user names and IPs.

Most of the listed netizens are charges with offenses such as “spreading rumors” and “disturbing social and public order”.

However, what the definitions for these offenses are would differ between nations.  I’m sure that there are behaviors that would be tolerated in the United States that other cultures and countries would frown on.

In fact, many netizens have exposed China’s most sensational cases of corruption.  Some officials have lost jobs due to these exposures. Let’s hope Shanghai’s blacklist of netizens doesn’t include any corruption fighters. After all, only criminals need to fear them.

Learn more about Internet Censorship May be Going Global


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Internet Censorship May be Global Soon

October 1, 2010

Before you curse China again for having a Net Nanny, better read this post and access the NPR link.

Russia is the culprit to watch.  According to NPR, every year since 1998, Russia has introduced a resolution at the UN calling for an international agreement to combat what it calls “information terrorism”.

According to this news broadcast, the U.S. is involved too.

NPR recently broadcast a story on this topic, Seeing the Internet as an Information Weapon, which mentions a host of other countries that want global Internet censorship. Click on the NPR link and listen to the story.

Brazil, Chili, and India, are on that list too.  Often, when we read or hear about India, we are reminded “proudly” by the Western media that India is the world’s largest democracy.

These countries, including India, want governments to play a bigger role on the Internet.

China is not the only country that wants to censor the Internet, so why do we only hear about China?

See Google’s China SeeSaw


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Controlling Opinions

April 17, 2010

Have the Tea Baggers in the United States been learning from China, or is it the other way around?

“Another strategy is manipulation. In recent years, local and provincial officials have hired armies of low-paid commentators to monitor blogs and chat rooms for sensitive issues, then spin online comment in the government’s (China’s) favor.

“Mr. Xiao of Berkeley cites one example: Jiaozuo, a city southwest of Beijing, deployed 35 Internet commentators and 120 police officers to defuse online attacks on the local police after a traffic dispute. By flooding chat rooms with pro-police comments, the team turned the tone of online comment from negative to positive in just 20 minutes.” Source: New York Times

The Ku Klux Klan in 1926 - Is there a difference between them and today's American Tea Baggers

Isn’t this what Fox Network’s Glenn Beck, then Rush Limbaugh, who is heard on more than 600 radio stations, have been doing for years. Filling the airwaves with their opinions controlling what people hear and think. The American Tea Baggers are doing the same thing with the same results—behavior control.

Is America really different from China? See American Hypocrisy

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