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China Expands Internet Gambling Ban to Indict Search Engines

Yet China's incursion against the search engines indicates a step further coming soon, one which make even linking to a gambling or porn site censorable and illegal.

China is attempting to block Internet access to online casinos, pornography, political dissent, and anything else the government arbitrairly considers unhealthy. But material continues to leak through the country's filters and network of spies, and a group of agencies led by the Ministry for Public Security blames Google.

Chinese officials alluded to both Google and the Chinese search engine Baidu as contributing to the problem. The Ministry and the affiliated government agencies said the censorship was necessary as they promised to "purify the Internet's cultural environment and protect the healthy development of minors.”

This sounds like the same lame excuse for governments to censor communication around the world, from Australia's Labor Party to the bleatings of Spencer Bachus leading the Republic religious right. Know why the Chinese Ministry of Public Security is named that? Because KGB was already taken.

The China Internet Illegal Information Center said that Baidu and Google both provided links to a number of illicit sites. Is the concept of illegal information publicly recognized in the US? Certainly it is unconstitutional. Yet China's incursion against the search engines indicates a step further coming soon, one which make even linking to a gambling or porn site censorable and illegal.

Hopefully the US will reverse its course, before the spreading of information is illegal. After all, that is only an inch from thoughtcrime; maybe Orwell was just early.

Published on January 5, 2009 by VirginiaMaddox

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Posted by: jamesWhen: 01/06/2009 12:57:07 AM EST
I think it will be even worse than linking to sites. I think even if a site mentions the word porn or gambling or anything related to it, it will be blocked from the search engines. The search engines will not be able to decipher 100% of the time what is a gambling site and what is not, so in order to not risk it they will just block everything even close.