From Joe Sixpack – Internet Censorship & Hypocrisy

This critically speaks to tech company adaptation to censorships requirements in countries (such as China) where they do business.

This addresses pending efforts to censor the internet in the United States.

Methinks that if one wants to preach on censorship, one ought to practice what one preaches.

9 Responses

  1. There is a huge difference between censorship and trying to apply campaign finance laws. though in this case, depending on what they decide, it could end up censoring political speech. However, keep in mind that the article is from March 2005 and allot has changed since then. I am still awaiting their final implementation of Campaign finance laws on the Internet, so I don’t know how it will end yet.

    As for companies allowing censorship in China as a condition of doing business, that is business. It is the fault of our government for promoting free trade with a communist totalitarian government. We should not have free and open trade with China, and they should not have favored nation status. This current censorship just brings that concept home. Words like freedom are censored. The discussion of Tibet, is censored. They are not a free and democratic society, and I still view them as our enemy, and we are helping them prosper. It is amusing that, yet again, A Communist, in this case government, is prospering using capitalism while espousing the benefits of communism.

  2. Well … you can say there is a huge difference … but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I posted (actually encouraged reading since it was in a trackback last week) a much more recent article on what is happening in efforts to censor the internet under the guise of campaign finance reform.

    I personally have no objection to tech companies tailoring their software for consumption in the countries where they do business … if that is a pre-condition to competing. I do have a problem with efforts to muzzle free and open discussion on the internet by the likes of Michelle Malkin, even KOS, and, dare I say it … the infamous UB!

  3. Where is this newer article? I have been following it since it started and I haven’t seen anything new yet. Meaning they haven’t created the rules yet.

    Where do you get the fact that Michelle Malkin and I are muzzling free and open discussion?

  4. I can’t find the more recent article I referred to since I can’t find your trackbacks post … but you may find this one almost as interesting.

  5. Where do you get the fact that Michelle Malkin and I are muzzling free and open discussion?

    I didn’t get that fact … you just misread my comment. My problem is with efforts to muzzle you all (and by association, those of us that post on the blogs).

    Maybe this will help you read my intent …

    I do have a problem with efforts [by some] to muzzle free and open discussion on the internet by the likes of Michelle Malkin, even KOS, and, dare I say it … the infamous UB!

  6. Ahh … found it … below is my comment over the weekend plus the link to the referenced trackback.

    Well_Seasoned opined on January 29th, 2006 @ 5:28 pm
    To those that haven’t been there yet,

    Tel-Chai Nation trackbacked with More attempts by the left to silence free speech

    in the trackbacks above is a worthwhile read. NSA monitoring of terrorist phone calls with someone in the US doesn’t hold a candle to this threat to our freedom of speech.

    UB had something on this some time ago … I’ve written my Congresscritter who, fortunately, voted on the side of the angels … you may want to check out yours since the bill mentioned in the trackback is going to come up again.

    Here it is!

  7. Oh yeah, I read that one this weekend, but it is still more speculation. I remember the hearings in which some bloggers testified, and even McCain and Fiengold said that bloggers should get a press exemption. In fact, I did a few articles on this topic. Check them out here.

    And thanks for the clarification on who was muzzling free speech, you had me worried there for a minute. I thought I was doing something I was unaware of out there. hehe

  8. I wrote my congresscritter when HR 1106 failed to pass. The FEC HAS the authority to regulate now … the only speculation is if and when they will start to do so … and if HR 1106 will pass the next time it comes up in the House.

  9. You are absolutely correct, and all I can say is what I have said in the past, I will keep on doing what I am doing no matter what the FEC has to say about it, until they shut me down.

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