posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 01:50 AM
Internet censorship in China is poised to take a technological leap forward, dramatically eroding the free exchange of ideas possible in that country.
In addition to the current government control of Internet gateways, new control over DNS Servers will allow sweeping control of which web sites
censorship officials will allow citizens to access.
Here is a story that makes me realize how much I take discussion forums like AboveTopSecret for granted. As a U.S. citizen I can log onto this site
and post anything I want, no matter how critical of the government my statements might be or how low my opinion of the President is, without fear of
official reprisal. It is easy for me to forget that what I see as a basic human right is not afforded to much of the world population.
BEIJING : A Paris-based media rights group has slammed new Chinese regulations aimed at policing the Internet and accused a US-based Internet
management company of colluding with the government to stifle activism on the web.
Media rights group slams China's Internet policing
The media watchdog group also questioned a move by the US-based domain name management group VeriSign to assign China a DNS (domain name server), a
move the group said would give Chinese Internet police the ability to render unwanted web addresses inaccessible. DNS is the Domain Name System which
translates Internet host names into IP addresses.
"The Chinese authorities regularly use DNS hijacking, a technique that makes a site completely inaccessible by redirecting its domain name to a false
IP address, resulting in an error message such as 'site unavailable'," the group said.
"Verisign's decision to involve China in the management of global Internet traffic appeared extremely dangerous."
China gags chat room users
[Edited on 29-2-2004 by Spectre]
[Edited on 29-2-2004 by Kano]