May 1, 2010

Tying the Intertubes

The Thai government has turned to online censorship in its effort to quell an anti-government uprising. Todd Ruiz at Reporter in Exile has the scoop - here's an excerpt:
Blocking URLs to prevent the flow of information is like trying to dam a river with your hands. You just get wet and look stupid. Especially since any of the thousands of proxy servers so easily circumvents your finest efforts.

That hasn't stopped the censorship-loving Thai government, which steers all TCP/UDP port 80 traffic through its Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, from dropping the ban hammer on thousands of websites, YouTube videos and news sites since the red crisis began mid-March.

All in the name of protecting those delicate, vulnerable Thai minds from the weighty burden of critical thought.

The complete post is here.

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