Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Government Controlled Internet

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

"They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency. "

Hmm.. That name Rockefeller rings a bell...

Well, how does China handle their Internet Problem?

"Censored content

See also: List of notable websites blocked in the People's Republic of China

Research into mainland Chinese Internet censorship has shown that censored websites included, before the 2008 Summer Olympics:

From the above list, the websites of the Voice of America, BBC News, Yahoo! Hong Kong, and the Chinese Wikipedia are currently (17 August 2008) unblocked.

Blocked websites are indexed to a lesser degree, if at all, by some Chinese search engines, such as Baidu and Google China. This sometimes has considerable impact on search results.[17] According to a Harvard study, at least 18,000 websites are blocked from within mainland China.[18] According to The New York Times, Google has set up computer systems inside China that try to access Web sites outside the country. If a site is inaccessible, then it is added to Google China's blacklist.[19] However, once (if) unblocked, the websites will be reindexed."

"Crackdown on Internet activists

In 2001, Wang Xiaoning and other Chinese activists were arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for using a Yahoo email account to post anonymous writing to an Internet mailing list, which Yahoo, after pressure from the Chinese government eventually blocked. However, with the help of the World Organization for Human Rights, Wang and Shi Tao, another online activist sued Yahoo, accusing the Internet provider of abetting the torture of pro-democracy writers by providing information that allowed the Chinese government to identify them. [50]

On 23 July 2008, the family of Liu Shaokun was notified that he had been sentenced to one year re-education through labor for “inciting a disturbance”. A teacher in Sichuan province, he had taken photographs of collapsed schools and posted these photos online. [51]

On 18 July 2008, Huang Qi was formally arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing state secrets. Huang had spoken with the foreign press and posted information on his website about the plight of parents who had lost children in collapsed schools.[52]"

Could this happen to America one day soon? I hope not...I feel like there is a Great Awakening right now in America. A return to family, to common sense, to God in whatever form you recognize Him, a return to reason and logic, a return to the hunger for truth...A return to Liberty and the basic reasons and ideals we Americans broke away from British Tyranical Rule and set out on a journey for freedom, liberty, and self rule.

This could happen if we continue in the Post-American ways of George Bush and Obama..

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