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Thursday, June 02, 2005

How to censor the Internet in the US

Infothought: "The Net Effect" - On The Great Firewall Of China:

'The Internet is fairly centralized in the United States, too,' notes Finkelstein, the Cambridge, Mass., programmer. 'Not for political reasons but for economic ones.' It turns out that the largest Internet providers push all their packets of data through large regional routers connected to proxy servers that already examine packets for evidence of quality-of-service or other problems.

'Our political system is vastly different from China's,' Finkelstein says, 'but if we had a national panic, if we felt we had to censor the Internet, it's scary how easily it could be done.'

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