Scott Adams on “censorship”:http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2006/01/chinese_search_.html:
bq.. One of the things I love about China is that they set high goals, as in “Let’s build a wall around the entire country” and more recently “Let’s have Internet access but without the part where people can access the Internet.”
*If you know the history of the Great Wall, it was highly successful in keeping out animals. But invading armies just bribed the guards and walked through the gate.* I’m guessing that your smarter animals, say porpoises, could have found a way in also. But porpoises had no interest in conquering China, so we’ll never know. *Something tells me that blocking all the unacceptable content on the Internet will be about as effective as the Great Wall.*
p. Pakistani officials are hellbent on trying to build their own little “gated internet”:http://pakistan451.wordpress.com/ but unlike the Great Wall there aren’t going to be any ruins left behind for tourists to admire. Just “a bunch of smoke and mirrors”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2006_03/internet_censorship_the_pakistani_way.html, designed to please those in power and enrich their stooges.
One wishes “they”:http://www.pakistan.gov.pk/ would go build an actual wall somewhere instead of messing around with the internet. That would lessen unemployment and provide the generals a nice place to hold parades. They could claim it’s to stop that damned Indian air from infiltrating the border, or to stop global warming or some such thing. And it would work a damned sight better than the current ham fisted attempts at internet censorship.
What does the world outside countries like Pakistan, Burma, India, the UAE, China, Iran (it’s a pretty long list…) think of these attempts to censor the internet?