7 Feb 2007 boto   » (Journeyer)

Brazil insisting on Internet Censorship

After the first fiasco, the brazilian judiciary insists that Internet Censorship is a good thing.

I haven’t found any news articles about it in english yet, but you can read the news in portuguese (or an automated translation). A court ordered the major brazilian ISPs to block another site. Now the target is not a big site, but a tourism agency that got some attention from the brazilian media recently, in news related to sexual tourism in Brazil.

It seems that at least the ISP I am using right now (BrasilTelecom) haven’t implemented the block yet. But considering that on the YouTube blocking case they have done this immediately after receiving the court notification, I think it is just a matter of time until ISPs receive a notification and implement the new block.

This blocking was also ordered because of a “public image protection” lawsuit. Not by a celebrity in this case, but somebody whose picture was taken and published on the site. The sad part is that probably most brazilians will not care this time because it is a small site not targetted to brazilians, and then we have a legal precedent for further Internet blocks caused by stupid reasons.

Syndicated 2007-02-07 16:00:48 from Eduardo Habkost / diary

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