Thursday, July 20, 2006

Brilliant Idea from Amnesty

Dan Raphael just forwarded me an e-mail from Amnesty. (I'm not sure why I didn't get it, since I'm a member).

Amnesty has started irrepressible.info. This idea is sheer brilliance. It mobilizes freedom of speed advocates on the internet to give censorship the exact opposite of its desired effect.

Here's how they describe their mission:

"The web is a great tool for sharing ideas and freedom of expression. However, efforts to try and control the Internet are growing. Internet repression is reported in countries like China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria. People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for criticising their government, calling for democracy and greater press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses, online.

"But Internet repression is not just about governments. IT companies have helped build the systems that enable surveillance and censorship to take place. Yahoo! have supplied email users’ private data to the Chinese authorities, helping to facilitate cases of wrongful imprisonment. Microsoft and Google have both complied with government demands to actively censor Chinese users of their services.

"Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. It is one of the most precious of all rights. We should fight to protect it."

The cause has a method to participate by creating a feed that displays censored text on thousands upon thousands of participating web pages everywhere. It's so brilliant it makes me want to laugh and cry simultaneously. Every now and then I discover a page and it's "love at first sight." This was one of those times.

Please check it out and participate. You will see some additions here soon!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me the people most likely to add this piece of script are those who are most likely to run blogs that China would want to ban. This is just making things simpler for the Party. The way this would be most effective is if sites doing major business in China added the script, but that will never happen.

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7:38 AM  
Blogger russell said...

Interesting.

Let me know what you think about this idea:

http://www.bither-terry.org/russell/2006/10/yahoo-owns-delicious.html

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