Tuesday, January 24, 2006

How to Oppress a Nation and Still Pretend to Be Free

A hat-tip to Ontario Empoblog for this scoop. He ironically found this article while querying the word "freedom."

China is "cracking down on spam, viruses, and organized bawdry* online activities." To get there, they are legislating police supervision of all internet service providers. Not surprising.

I couldn't help but chuckle at the following sentence:
"The regulation also states that any online safeguarding technique should not be used to infringe upon the individuals' freedom and privacy and at least two members of the police should be at scene when inspecting suspects.
The Chinese are apparently becoming slightly aware of their image, but their attempt to inoculate against it is about as sophisticated as an episode of T.J. Hooker.

Sadly, this is more of the same regarding the Chinese aggression against personal liberties.

*I thought this wasn't a word, but apparently the words bawdy and tawdry got together and birthed bawdry, which means about the same thing.


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