Thursday, April 01, 2010

When "censorship" is called "monitoring"

Here is N.Ram's editorial on China's spat with Google. Notice how he calls Chinese government's Golden Shield Project (Great Firewall of China) as "monitoring".

Notice how the editorial is split into two sections: the first talks about China and Google; the second talks about governments and monitoring. While the issue is one of government censorship, N.Ram frames it in the context of government monitoring. Universally, there is a great deal of agreement on government monitoring (especially in the context of issues like national security), but not on censorship.

N.Ram does not say anything about his opinion on the subject. Instead he writes about what most governments do as a matter of routine. And N.Ram avoids passing even the mildest of rebuke on China for its brutal censorship of information and brainwashing of its citizens.
The Hindu : Opinion / Editorials : Google in China
Moreover, it is relevant to point out that, although advocates of freedom justifiably demand unfettered access to everything on the Internet, oversight and some level of governmental control is maintained.

It is well known that governments can and do access and monitor the enormous amounts of data that flow through digital pipes including e-mails. Google services are no exception. What governments need to acknowledge is that the mindset of traditional controls on the movement of goods and services across borders is outdated, because information moves across national borders instantaneously.


Xinhua Ram said...

Does any Chennai college offer courses in this "Patriotic education"? LiC would have been a topper.

“Patriotic education” and carefully nurtured nationalism mean that in many disputes between China and the West, the Chinese people and the Chinese government stand together.
But the Internet is different. The Politburo doesn’t want a free Internet, and the people do.

Mukhilvannan said...

It is not new that the communists of the hew of Ram and the UPA are notorious for using euphemisms to obfuscate the clear intent.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the Asian College of Journalism (well connected with Chindu) is already offering courses such as how to distinguish between "capitalistic censorship" and "patriotic monitoring".

Seeker said...

1. You cannot access Twitter in China
2. You cannot access Facebook in China
3. You cannot access Youtube in China
4. You cannot access Wordpress in China
5. You cannot access Blogger in China

(Thanks to for information)
Will Xinhua Ram say all the above is part of monitoring ?

Seeker said...

So many families blindly trust "thindu" to be neutral and purveyor of genuine stuff. This mindset is passed on to them by their parents/grand parents. What Xinhua's political bosses could not do with one they own, they are getting it done through proxies. How to wake the people about the perfidy that is going on? (cbcnn blog does not reach all)