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Web Censorship on the Increase

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the xxx-xxxx-xxx-xxxx-xxxxxx dept.

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mid-devonian writes "Close on the heels of the temporary blocking of YouTube by a Turkish judge, a group of academics has published research showing that Web censorship is on the increase worldwide. As many as two dozen countries are blocking content using a variety of techniques. Distressingly, the most censor-heavy countries (which includes China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Burma and Uzbekistan) seem to be passing on their technologically sophisticated techniques to other areas of the world. 'New censorship techniques include the periodic barring of complete applications, such as China's block on Wikipedia or Pakistan's ban on Google's blogging service, and the use of more advanced technologies such as 'keyword filtering', which is used to track down material by identifying sensitive words.'"

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uh oh (3, Insightful)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 7 years ago | (#18366839)

let us hope this doesn't spread- Fahrenheit 451 on the web

Re:uh oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367499)

A censor is someone who knows more than he thinks you should.

Re:uh oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367789)

The funny thing is that they don't even realize they're working toward their own obsolescence. Or maybe they do realize it, but the rulers want all the short-term power over their subjects they can get, at the expense of everything else.

A nation with free exchange of information is naturally going to progress far beyond a nation whose thinkers are constantly running into artificial roadblocks.

And don't assume the U.S. is immune to thought laws. Just look at out-of-control "intellectual property" laws and software patents; they legitimize monopolies in all sectors of business, and they encourage coercion/blackmail of anyone doing anything new. They're not as dangerous as pure censorship, but they're damaging nonetheless.

Re:uh oh (1)

apathy maybe (922212) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368365)

Read 1984? It is about power. They don't care about the people (well in some of the countries mentioned they might, but not, for example, Burma).

As such, half the population could die, and they would still come out on top.

In the US (and other similar countries), it is not quite as bad. But it is still about control and power. Why are there so many billionaires? Most of them cannot spend all the money they make, they don't give it away, if they pass it onto their children, they will be unable to spend it all and so on (can someone find that article which was around recently?). It is all about the power.

(That's why I'm an anarchist.)

Re:uh oh (3, Insightful)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 7 years ago | (#18369153)

That's why I'm an anarchist

I appreciate your rejection of all governments as self feeding power machines, but even en masse anarchists will not help the ills of society. Largely because anarchists are not very organized, but also because government is a necessary evil. Necessary if for nothing else to free us from more oppressive governments. So I ask you as your fellow countryman, to get personally involved in politics. No revolution was won by apathy. (pun only partially intended)

From Common Sense

government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expence and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.
http://www.bartleby.com/133/1.html [bartleby.com]

Re:uh oh (1)

ady1 (873490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367993)

Amazing to see that Pakistan is not in the list. The not too well known site blogspot.com was blocked [bbc.co.uk] here for the last year or so since the cartoon publishing incident took place. It just got unblocked a couple weeks back.

Re:uh oh (1)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 7 years ago | (#18369881)

Amazing to see that Pakistan is not in the list.
from the summary:

...or Pakistan's ban on Google's blogging service,...

Re:uh oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18368005)

I don't think most computers will ignite at 451 degrees, though. It would be more of a slow melt. And Athlons typically run hotter than that anyway.

In other news... (1)

Kagura (843695) | more than 7 years ago | (#18369151)

Statisticians today held a press conference concerning the rapid increase in number of violent crimes committed worldwide, noting a growth at a rate almost consistent with the rapid increase in the world's population.

Film at eleven...

Looking for funding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18366843)

Sounds to me like someone is looking for a government handout to continue their research.

XXXX XXXX! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18366869)

Xxxx xxx xxxx? xxxx x xx x xx xx xxx xx! xxxx xxx ...

xxxx xxxx Xxxxxxxx!

xxx... xxx!

XX XXX XXX XXXX XXXXX!!!!!!X!X!X!XXX

Re:XXXX XXXX! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367007)

I've got mod points right now, and that is getting modded OT.

I love the anon posting/mod bug.

Re:XXXX XXXX! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367403)

I do too, and I'm modding it funny. Apparently you just don't get the joke.

The first part (1)

cicho (45472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18369309)

Okay let's see... The first three words are "What the fuck", right? Some censorship!

you can't stop me (3, Insightful)

User 956 (568564) | more than 7 years ago | (#18366871)

and the use of more advanced technologies such as 'keyword filtering', which is used to track down material by identifying sensitive words.

As the FCC has found out, people will just make up new words, that are worse than the old words. Like "Blumpkin".

Re:you can't stop me (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18366929)

Iweurihjs!

Re:you can't stop me (1)

kdemetter (965669) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368829)

using tunneling with encryption would make filtering keywords pointless . you could also use a proxy from a country wich doesn't block the site . it's sad that so many countries still do this though . they all seem to think they must protect their people against new ideas . But they forget that you just can't stop an idea .

Notably, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18366881)

Notably, Kazakhstan is not on the list.

Re:Notably, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367359)

List does include assholes Uzbekistan.

Whereas... (2, Insightful)

whorapedia.com (1070006) | more than 7 years ago | (#18366899)

...in America, you can use the internet however you like, right? http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/15/145221 4 [slashdot.org]

Re:Whereas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367527)

Punch yourself in the nuts for that post, you deserve it.

Re:Whereas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18369203)

in soviet russia, the internets censors YOU!!

Uh oh (5, Funny)

eviloverlordx (99809) | more than 7 years ago | (#18366927)

I was just reading about *CENSORED* on the *CENSORED*, when all of a sudden some guys *CENSORED* into my apartment and started *CENSORED* my stuff and *CENSORED* my wife.

Re:Uh oh (4, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367351)

Peter: Oh, Lois, you are so full of (BEEP)! WHAT?! Now I can't say (BEEP) in my own (BEEP)ing house?! Great, Lois. Just (BEEP)in' great. You know, you're lucky you're good at (BEEP) my (BEEP) or I'd never put up with ya. You know what I'm talking about, when you (BEEP) lubed-up (BEEP) toothpaste in my (BEEP) while you (BEEP) on a cherry (BEEP) Episcopalian (BEEP) extension cord (BEEP) wetness (BEEP) with a parking ticket. That is the best!

Democracy, Freedom and Naked Babes (2, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 7 years ago | (#18366945)

We must protect the people from the harm caused by this new axis of evil.

Just try and search for them, I dare you!

Re:Democracy, Freedom and Naked Babes (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367889)

We send them nuke and weapons tech and they send us censorship tech. Sounds like a good trade balance!

government (4, Insightful)

gravesb (967413) | more than 7 years ago | (#18366951)

Government, please stay off of the Internet. Freedom of speech involves some risk. Let the people choose if they take that risk or not, but if you take it from us, you take our freedom as well.

Re:government (3, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367339)

The countries censoring the internet in this way don't want people to have free speech or those freedoms you speak of.

Re:government (1, Interesting)

westlake (615356) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368753)

The countries censoring the internet in this way don't want people to have free speech or those freedoms you speak of.

What makes you think that the people of other countries define freedom in the same terms as the Shashdot Geek? Not all forms of censorship are driven from the top down.

Re:government (2, Informative)

pestilence669 (823950) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367845)

Umm. The Internet was created by our government. If people want Feds out of their lives, perhaps they shouldn't plug-in to a network created by our own military. Just a thought.

Re:government (1)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 7 years ago | (#18369337)

i'm wearing us military issue pants right now, which i bought at a thrift store. those were created by our government. does this mean i shouldn't wear them if i want the government to stay out of my pants?

It's necessary. (3, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18366963)

You can't protect society without controlling society. You can't control society without controlling information. In the land of ignorance, the informed man is king. True democracies don't have kings. Information is communism. Ignorance is patriotic. Oh shit, American Idol is on -- gotta go!

This is good news (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367009)

As a citizen of the People's Republic of China, I can only see this as good news. It is heartening to see that the people of the world are outgrowing their childish attachment to outdated notions like "freedom" and "individualism" and realizing that future progress of humanity depends on subordination of individual drives to the good of harmonious society and beneficial development of the motherland.

At this time in history, people all over the world are waking up to the damage that capitalism and "Democracy" have brought to the world. America and Europe and their nineteenth-century ideas of "rights" and "freedom" have brought little else but war, genocide, terrorism, environmental devastation, immoral depravity, exploitation, and chaos.

Small wonder that a recent Beijing Star poll shows that People's Republic of China is the most respected nation on earth. We move forward together harmoniously into twenty-first century, the century of Communism.

Re:This is good news (1)

GiovanniZero (1006365) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367333)

oh, if only the mods got your joke. It's okay, I think you're funny.

On subject: By blocking themselves off to educational parts of the internet these countries only make themselves more backwards. Web 2.0 has taught us that collaboration creates innovation and advances everywhere, in every walk of life.

The Bible says that God confounded language because man working together could achieve anything. It's interesting to see backwards nations removing themselves from a global community like this. Lets see how well that works for them in 20 years.

Hmm. (2, Funny)

kabocox (199019) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367039)

Only 4 comments so far on the topic of censorship on slashdot? Damn, it's too late someone much have censored slashdot from most businesses! Oh, no, think of the productivity gains that just made.

Gee... (3, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367043)

It's too bad we didn't turn the Internet over to the UN like you guys all wanted...

Re:Gee... (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367119)

It's too bad we didn't turn the Internet over to the UN like you guys all wanted...

Which UN? The one that continually turns a blind eye to human rights violations until their complicity shows up in the news? The one that can't do anything without the US' say-so? I fail to see how that would be useful.

This is unsurprising (3, Interesting)

Hobbs0 (1055434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367085)

Look into the freedom of speech (and press, and related) laws in the countries mentioned in TFA. Those are countries which prohibit (at least some forms of) government protesting, restrict television airwaves, and are generally unfriendly in the freedom of information department anyway. Why should the internet be any different?

Not somebody else's problem (4, Informative)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367139)

Web censorship is not something that only happens halfway around the world in countries like Uzkbekistan and Burma. If you're from the UK, meet Cleanfeed [wikipedia.org] , a soon-to-be compulsory system for blocking "illegal" content. Only a select group of secretive internet wizards [wikipedia.org] know how it works, and a circle of elders living deep in the mountains [wikipedia.org] are in charge of deciding exactly what is and isn't "illegal content". Not everybody runs it just yet, but its effects are already being felt [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Not somebody else's problem (1)

Sal Zeta (929250) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367919)

Well, if the problem is created by technology,then resolve it with technology.Users creates the 'net and the users can rebuild it again, if necessary.We're still in a point where we can change how the internet "works".I mean, rewrite the entire OSI Model with something with anonymity and even more decentralization in mind, and make it omnipresent, unavoidable for anyone that wants to use an internet connection.Change the client-server structure with a peer to peer one.
Tor and freenet are valid examples, but still too limited in their effects.

Re:Not somebody else's problem (1)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367985)

The UK's protection of freedom of speech is much weaker than in the US. Part of that is because the UK doesn't have a bill of rights. Also, libel and slander laws are much harsher on the defendant in the UK than in the US.

Sky is falling. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367195)

Strikes me as being alarmist.

There were several incidents of prohibition [wikipedia.org] during the first half of the twentieth century. We all know how well that worked out.

The pendulum swings both ways.

Morocco as well... (2, Interesting)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367209)

Morocco blocks GoogleEarth access (though not GoogleMaps). The reason I heard is about security because you can load extra data that may be considered "dangerous". However, I don't think this is about the OMGTERRARISTSWTFBBQ!?!? so much as it is about "protecting the king."

Apparently, the government here is also known to block blogs and such that are critical of the king, as well as other sites that may be considered "unfriendly" to Morocco. However, in my surfing I have not come across any sites that have been blocked, but then again, I am mostly looking for news and information about other parts of the world, so I guess the sites I frequent aren't worth blocking.

Re:Morocco as well... (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368723)

block blogs and such that are critical of the king

I know that bush doesn't like criticism, but has he really gone so far as to block blogs?

oh wait, you mean your king.

nevermind.

It's true (1)

physicsboy500 (645835) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367241)

Many of you may not know this, but there really is a large government movement that's trying to

**The following has been censored by the government of the United States of America, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused**

can't let them carry out their plan. So do as I said and we should be able to stop them.

Re:It's true (1)

dmcooper (899820) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367273)

Yeah - because we all know that the United States of America is the biggest censor worldwide... which explains why NAMBLA is still operating.

Re:It's true (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367455)

Please -- explain to me how NAMBLA is somehow a threat to US Security. Unless you can explain that, there's no threat that they'll be blocked.

My reply... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367271)

is to block censoring countries in my firewall. I encourage everyone to do so. If they want to censor their citizens, then we can all drive them crazy by providing no service to them, period.

well, yeah... (3, Insightful)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367341)

More people than ever are using the internet. This just in: more internet users than ever are censored.

Should we be surprised here? I'm not.

Proud to be an American (3, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367353)

The U.S. is like the slutty girl down the street that nobodys mom wants them talking to.

Re:Proud to be an American (5, Funny)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367553)

Yeah - we think we're hot shit, but everyone else's Mom and Dad thinks we are vulgar and violent.

And when they aren't looking, all their kids try to get inside us, sometimes when we don't want it, but we let it happen anyway 'cause it feels so good.

Re:Proud to be an American (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367635)

Oh yeah mom !
Well if you hadn't grabbed me by my ear & embarrased me in front of Tammy when I was 13, you'ld have grandkids by now !

Less competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367381)

This is GOOD NEWS for the Western world Every time China or another like-minded country restricts information the Western world wins. China will never be able to compete with the US or Europe while restricting their citizen's access to information. They should do the same favors for their Olympic athletes. We need more sources like /. which bind political information with scientific and technical information. Every piece of scientific and technical information should be bound to RSS feeds from human rights organizations. Maybe those governments (prisons) are trying to protect the rest of the world from their citizens (prisoners). Is there something sinister about the people in those countries we don't know?

Saturday Night Live Syndrome (2, Interesting)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367451)

Whenever I read words like "on the Increase" (as well as "corroded", "falling apart", "rapidly dwindling", etc.) I automatically wonder if I am being presented with "Saturday Night Live Syndrome", where people pull out the popular opinion that Saturday Night Live just isn't as good as it used to be.

The report seems to cover 13 countries, none of which are exactly bastions of civil liberties. Only Thailand and Turkey are countries that even have a medium record of civil rights. I think the fact that people in Uzbekistan can't access sites critical of their government is both one of the smaller concerns of both the internet, and of the civil rights of Uzbekistan's citizens.

If more countries that actually had long-standing traditions of free speech, or emerging traditions of free speech, were suffering censorship, that might be a story. But as it is, this hardly seems like dramatic news.

Re:Saturday Night Live Syndrome (0, Flamebait)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368015)

Only Thailand and Turkey are countries that even have a medium record of civil rights.
Turkey is way worse than "medium." If you try to assert the truth of the Armenian genocide, they kill you.

Frist sto/p (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18367477)

and executes a will rec&all thAt it A BSD box (a PIII

Should have seen it coming (1)

Atario (673917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367695)

Phase 1: Internet is cool western hi-tech, yes? We get! Is nice! We are, how you say, advance-ed!

Phase 2: Internet is letting Jews do their Jew things more. Must stop this! How we do that? Oh? Wawawewa! Thank you, China!

Disappointment of an underlying hope. (1)

infosinger (769408) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367697)

From the beginning of the internet there was hope that its chaotic order would lead to a place of free speech that would surpass national boundaries. Unfortunately, these already repressive regimes are discovering ways to spread their national repression to the internet. Before the controls were based on geography. Today the controls are based on technology and this is never a static condition.

need to add Russia to the list... (duh...) (1)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367717)

Putin media decree arouses press freedom worries
Thu Mar 15 2007 11:37:07 ET

President Vladimir Putin has decreed the creation of a new super-agency to regulate media and the Internet, sparking fears among Russian journalists of a bid to extend tight publishing controls to the relatively free Web.

Putin signed a decree to create one entity that will license broadcasters, newspapers and Web sites and oversee their editorial content.

Raf Shakirov, who was dismissed as editor of the Izvestiya daily after critical coverage of the 2004 Beslan school siege, tells REUTERS how Putin's decree could extend Soviet-style controls to Russia's online media, which have been relatively free to date.

"This is an attempt to put everything under control, not only electronic media, but also personal data about people such as bloggers," he said.

Don't forget, the US has increased censorship (1)

r_jensen11 (598210) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367799)

Remember back in the good ol' days, when we could gamble for real money online? I do. I see nothing wrong with people who are capable of acting responsibly gambling online, nor gambling on sports. Yet for some reason, the government here has decided to become everyone's parent and prevent them from spending their money as they see fit. They claim it's because of possible addictions and the aftermath of said 'addictions', but we all know how the Prohibition fixed our alcoholic problem.

At least nobody is banning censorship... (1)

guyjr (180613) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367925)

...cause I sure as hell wouldn't want to use eMule or any other P2P app without PeerGuardian, which at last count was banning over 7 million IP addresses... many of which are in such nefarious States as China and Russia.

Kuwait is becoming more like Saudi Arabia (1)

Bashar Abdullah (994163) | more than 7 years ago | (#18367949)

I totally agree more and more countries and becoming selective on what we get to see. In Kuwait, some ISPs already block Meta Cafe, part of YouTube, some political anti-government sites were forced to close down, we heard about Bahrain trying to block Google Earth few months back. Few days back, Major corporate ISP provider in kuwait, KEMS blocked Blogger [blogallalong.com] for some time for still unknown reason. Kuwait also are working closely with ISPs to stop the what they calle "phenomenon" of VoIP technology [blogallalong.com] , just because it's losing them money. I never thought a ministry is a commercial firm that has to raise money!

I understand why other countries ... (1)

gamer4Life (803857) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368047)

..would want to censor the Internet. Content provided by the United States represent a significant portion of the total content of the Internet. Now despite what we think, many topics are heavily biased towards the United States - for instance, look at all the uninformed opinions of other countries like France and China we have. Why would a government want their citizens to be exposed to the inadvertent propaganda? The United States has the luxury of being culturally dominant and it's citizens are less open to information from sources originating from other countries, especially non-English speaking ones.

Is your site blocked? (1)

Embedded Geek (532893) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368169)

You can go to http://greatfirewallofchina.org/test [greatfirewallofchina.org] and test if a specific URL is censored by China (they use a remote server and have it try to make an outbound connection). The site is up and down at the moment due to a mention on Fark.com, but I was able test a few URLs:

Missing out a major player (1)

BierGuzzl (92635) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368175)

USA didn't make the list? What about a DMCA takedown? You don't call that censorship? Freedom of speech is an interesting idea, but does it actually exist anywhere?

Holy crap (2, Funny)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368653)

from the xxx-xxxx-xxx-xxxx-xxxxxx dept.
Now that. Is some hardcore pr0n. I don't even want to know...

So what? (1)

WhiteWolf666 (145211) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368683)

Goofy.

The answer is simple. End-to-end encryption of _everything_.

One wonders how the Chinese government would respond to that.

Re:So what? (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368985)

The answer is simple. End-to-end encryption of _everything_.
One wonders how the Chinese government would respond to that.

Encrypted traffic moves nowhere unless government sanctioned. The Internet Cafe is locked down tight. China has a tradition of centralized - bureaucratic - power that goes back over two thousand years.

Re:So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18369157)

Goofy.

The answer is simple. End-to-end encryption of _everything_.

One wonders how the Chinese government would respond to that.


Not quite. That would certainly curtail eavesdropping, but does the fact that my communication with https://www.paypal.com/ [paypal.com] is encrypted stop you from going there to see the content yourself? No. Nor would it stop any government interested in censorship.

If my government decides to block an IP address or range of IP addresses, it will not matter if communications with those IP addresses are encrypted or not, because I will not be able to access them directly, get it? (of course I can use a proxy outside my country that has not been blocked as a workaround...)

Websense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18368709)

Websense Enterprise
Access to this webpage is restricted at this time.
Reason: The Websense category "Everything" is filtered.

So... why do we have internet at schools?

All the better for non-censored parts of the world (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 7 years ago | (#18368821)

So China and other governments block access to wikipedia and other such sites. With the growing importance of information, and the rapid migration of most of the world's information (and most of its foolishness ;-) onto the Internet, what those governments are doing is shooting their own economies in the feet.

It's all the better for those of us who (still) have uncensored access to the Net. People who are kept ignorant can't compete with us effectively.

Actually, I had an interesting case of this some years back, here in the US. I was working on a project (an SNMP agent) for a company that was subcontracting on a government project. Due to the "security" concerns, they wouldn't allow us to use the Internet from work. In my case, there was a very useful free test suite available online. But I wasn't permitted to download it or use it. The management was especially fearful of "free" software.

So when the first versions were delivered to customers, they all immediately fed it to the public test suite - and it failed miserably. Oops! Funny thing was, even this didn't convince them that I should download the test suite and use it. They eventually lost the entire contract, in great part due to failures just like this. But by then, I'd found another job.

Similar fates await anyone who is denied access to information for political reasons. I feel sorry for them, but so far it's (mostly) to my advantage. I've learned to avoid American employers that impose such limits on their own people.

ssh access out of china... (1)

TokyoCrusaders92 (1057284) | more than 7 years ago | (#18369927)

I was in Beijing last week on business...and while online in one of the training hospitals I was able to ssh out to a server back in Ireland with prot redirection ssh -L3128:xx.xx.xx.xx:3128 remote_host and then set my proxy to localhost:3128. ....Not much use this "great firewall"....

What quote fits best here... (2, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 7 years ago | (#18370057)

"Distressingly, the most censor-heavy countries (which includes China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Burma and Uzbekistan) seem to be passing on their technologically sophisticated techniques to other areas of the world. "

Hey, information wants to be free!
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  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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