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[News] More Censorship from China, United States

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China Shuts Down 'Unregistered' Websites

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| We hadn't heard much about the program since then, but apparently the 
| government has recently decided to shut down thousands of "unregistered" 
| websites, mostly of small businesses.  


The New Book Banning

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| It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed 
| at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now 
| advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered 
| safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, 
| thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or 
| even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive 
| expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and 
| the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, 
| yank existing ones off their shelves, and in some cases discard them en 
| masse.          



Richard Stallman on ISP filtering and censorship

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| Tarabaz: Hello Richard. What do you personally think about idea of censoring
| internet?
| RMS: I am against all censorship, because censorship is the tool of
| tyrants. However, blocking certain network protocols is not exactly
| censorship — it is a different kind of injustice.
| Whereas censorship attacks the freedom of expression, the blocking of
| these protocols attacks the freedom to share and the freedom to
| communicate.
| Tarabaz: You know - many years ago in my country there was bunch of
| really powerful persons on high seats in government, who wish to
| control what could be done, and what can everyone think. Do you
| think, that steps performed by our ISP companies is something in
| sort of? Control on citizens by corporations - not by political
| world?
| RMS: The tendency these days is for governments to bow down to the
| megacorporations, and let the dictate the laws. People often take for
| granted that business has more political power than citizens — but if
| that is true, what does it mean? It means we have corporatocracy
| instead of democracy.

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