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Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Chinese Whispers
I had clipped a couple of articles about the Chinese government's efforts to require all bloggers to register with the government, or risk being shut down, and was all set to blog this at length. But once again, great minds think alike, and he explores the issue far more elegantly and in much greater context than I could have managed given the time. So - head over to Chinese Whispers at Forbes.com, and read the whole thing.
To believe that the democratizing spread of technology that facilitates mass information access can be halted, Canute-like, simply by employing vast numbers of people to monitor online activity (who might themselves otherwise be "outside the tent"), or requiring an ID card to use a public terminal, or simply pulling the plug on opinions you don't like, is surely--in the digital age--a mark of institutional naïveté.
And thanks for making my post easy Steve!
posted by Broadsheet @ 6:26 PM  
1 Editorial Opinions:
  • At June 08, 2005, Anonymous Mark said…

    True dat, but it doesn't make one feel any more sanguine about Cisco, Yahoo, Microsoft, et. al. raking in the millions helping them try to keep plugging holes in the dam.* Which, come to think of it, reminds me of how happy I am that that full-time training gig in Saudi Arabia didn't work out five years ago....

    * Then again, maybe it does; they fail anyway and help us w/the balance of trade at the same time. Still, I'm glad it ain't on my hands; I don't think speech is free enough HERE.

     
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