Found a blog satirising Google’s shameful business practices in China.
http://www.dvblog.org/ has two of the vids submitted to Gaaagle on their site, too.
The image above was taken in Tiananmen Square on June 4th 1989, after tanks had rolled through demonstrators, many of them sleeping, calling for freedom and democracy in China.
Google is censoring results to searches within China to keep the Chinese government (and the growing market out there) happy – http://noluv4google.com/article.php?list=type&type=92.
Yahoo have collaborated with the Chinese government to imprison political dissidents by handing over account details – http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=16402.
This stuff always stirs up strong emotions (the first comment below was posted after I’d put up the graphics but 2 hours before I added any text) but few people are that interested in people around the world going to jail. Showing your displeasure by changing your email address is just so inconvenient.
But what if Yahoo were to start charging for guaranteed delivery of email? How inconvenient would that be?
How displeased would you be?
How quickly would you change your email address then?
boingboing has recently been inaccessible to users in US corporate and military buildings, colleges, many parts of Africa and the Middle East, mostly due to an inept software update in Smart Filter, a widely used censorware programme. The problem seems to be nudity, even jpegs of Michaelangelo’s David, hence the button above.
Ironic as boingboing has been at the forefront of electronic freedom since before it was a website, and an ardent supporter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation .
The internet used to be a place of freedom – an autonomous zone where all with access could say anything.
But the growth of major carriers and content providers is beginning to change all that.
On March 1st the Pakistani government blocked Blogspot in its entirety after some bloggers posted cartoons featuring Mohammed. The clickable graphic above was created to support Pakistani bloggers hoping to launch a global campaign to fight the government’s actions.
More to come