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  •  I was just reading about Peacefire (4+ / 0-)

    In a link that my son sent me that I posted elsewhere on this thread

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    Last month, Bennett Haselton, the founder of Peacefire.org, a Web site that promotes open access on the Internet, got an e-mail message from a Los Angeles Times reporter who was writing an article about online censorship. The reporter was unable, from The Times's newsroom, to access Mr. Haselton's site, which also offers instructions on how to get around software installed to block Web site access.

    To make sure the block was not a fluke, Mr. Haselton sent a query to other Times reporters to ask if they, too, had failed to reach Peacefire.org from their work computers.

    The reporter who initially contacted Mr. Haselton could not be reached for a comment. But David Garcia, the director of media relations for The Times, disputed the claim that reporters could not access Playboy.com.

    Peacefire.org, however, "is blocked as a security measure," Mr. Garcia wrote in an e-mail message, saying it had been identified as a site used to circumvent filters. He said that The Times used software "that filters Internet sites for the entire company," not just the newsroom.

    The software blocks access to what he called "sex sites" and to sites that could compromise network security, and filters out spam that contains pornographic images. "We do have the flexibility," he added, "to grant newsroom staffers access to blocked sites for reporting and newsgathering purposes."

    •  Information is power (2+ / 0-)
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      greenearth, bobbobgirl

      The concept that information is power isn't new it's just gotten completely out of hand these days. Paranoids and fascists are slowly taking over much of the Gov'ts and the Big Corps. The circle of freedom is slowly shrinking.

      "It's better to die on your feet then live on your knees" E. Zapata

      by Blutodog on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 11:12:19 AM PDT

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      •  Yep... (2+ / 0-)
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        greenearth, bobbobgirl

        And those on top of the Times, the Kentuky government, and others, have dreamt themselves our masters.

        I am borrowing from a quote for times like this:

        Beware of he who denies you access to information, for in his heart he desires to be your master.

        (From the video game Alpha Centauri.)

        The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

        by Shapeshifter on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 11:30:21 AM PDT

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