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    Re: noisey, U.S. centric views
    by Anonymous on Tuesday October 08 2002, @05:43AM (#9637)
    "Now I suppose that one could argue that ICANN is intentionally going to China in hopes of bringing them around..."

    I will take any explanation of what "bringing them around" could possibly mean where 1) ICANN expertise is concerned and/or 2) the structural make-up of the ICANN entity as recognized by China.

    "I find this whole thing kind of silly anyway."

    I believe it is your ISP that is re-directing your yahoo.com inquiry. You continue to support this when you pay your ISP each month.

    "All that such repression does is teach people how to work around it, the more sophisticated the filtering, the more sophisticated users become."

    Right. And however it is the people in China want to do this is their business because its Government has every right not to recognize ICANN processes and ICANN should just simply understand this. Having a meeting there is a slap in the face to those in the community that do - and have always understood this well before the creation of ICANN. The Chinese government is fully aware of its own actions. ICANN is not going to teach them anything (nor qualified to do so on many fronts). When China wants to join the rest of the world in a "cooperative" Internet, there will be a seat at the table waiting for them. In the meantime, they have no position in the consensus based process...but here we have ICANN - in all its wisdom- having a meeting there.
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    Plans for reseach on filtering in China
    by BenEdelman on Wednesday October 09 2002, @11:27AM (#9681)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman
    A bit more on the work I and Professor Zittrain are doing on this subject --

    1) We're providing a real-time testing system that allows anyone interested to see what's blocked and what seemingly remains accessible.

    2) We're continuing to test a large number of sites over time, preparing a full report that reaches conclusions re what kinds of content China seems to consider most objectionable, changes over time, changes between regions, etc. We'll follow the general model of our similar report on Saudi Arabian filtering of earlier this summer.

    Ben Edelman
    Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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