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Online freedoms in Asia are once again being squeezed after the Taiwanese and Singaporean governments signalled their desire for greater internet censorship. The Republic of China, which claims ownership of Taiwan, has proposed SOPA-like amendments to the country’s copyright law - and netizens fear these could be misused in …

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Anonymous Coward

3/4 of the Earth's population live under oppressive regimes. Unless steps like these are vigourously stopped the Internet will cease to be anything but a domain of the Thought Police.

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Anonymous Coward

How long before Cameron and his chums sign up for it?

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Soon if Frau May's recent comments about censorship of emotions is anything to go by...

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They already have... Have you tried accessing TPB recently?

Although in typical government fashion it's a harf-arsed solution, probably proposed by an IT consultant who's only qualification is he once wrote "Hello World" on the PC's at Dixons, and he went to School with "Dave"'s cousin.

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Big Brother

"...But will it stop there?"

I realise that line was probably rhetorical, but with the analogy of Newton's first law in mind, has the answer to that question regarding such measures, be they realted to dead tree, broadcast signal or packet switched data, ever been yes?

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Re: "...But will it stop there?"

Of course not, and such censorship filters are always opaque - they won't tell you what is being filtered and why, other than the usual fake rant about "terrorists and paedophiles".

Remember the Australian government's attempt at "protecting the children" via a filter that turned out to have gambling sites, general pr0n and a dentist's office on its list?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Australia#Leaking_of_the_ACMA_blacklist

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WTF?

Hmm, when did Taiwan become a communist state? (3rd para starts talking about the communist states intellectual property office)

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Anonymous Coward

Y-A-W-N

The same old saw.

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