The Economist on web censorship

The Economist takes a clear stand against “Chinese-style” censorship in its current issue:

There is not much outsiders can do about China’s great firewall. But Western governments can at least set a good example. Australia’s plan to build a Chinese-style firewall in an effort to block child pornography and bomb-making instructions, for instance, is daft and should be scrapped. It will be easy to evade, and traditional law-enforcement approaches are a better way to handle such problems than messing with the internet’s plumbing. (The Economist, September 4th-10th 2010: “The web’s new walls”)

I couldn’t agree more, as so often with this magazine.

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