FC: German ISPs may block porn, infringing pages, search engines...

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Thu Mar 28 2002 - 19:13:43 PST

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    Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 01:39:16 UT
    To: declanat_private
    Subject: Internet Censorship in Germany
    From: "Alvar Freude [ODEM-Team]" <teamat_private>
    here are some informations about internet censorhip in
    germany. If you have questions, see contact addresses
       Alvar C.H. Freude, Team ODEM.org
    Internet censorship in germany
    Real live demonstration and online petition against
    internet censorship
    The district government of Düsseldorf county,
    Northrhine-Westfalia in Germany, is forcing Internet
    Service Providers to block access to selected foreign
    Internet sites.
    The project was started with forbidding access to two right
    wing extremist sites hosted in the United States. Fighting
    right wing extremist ideologies reaches a broad consensus
    in Germany; however in this case it is used to gain
    acceptance for the establishment of a nationwide
    centralized filtering and blocking system.
    Future plans contain blocking of content to protect minors,
    copyrights and consumer rights, including search engines
    that fail accordance with corresponding national guidelines
    and laws.
    Together with corporate partners, Northrhine-Westfalia
    administration is developing a high capacity filtering
    system that is currently tested at the university of
    Dortmund. Intention is to create an architecture with
    centrally controlled blocking mechanisms that should be
    installed on gateway machines to the "foreign internet".
    The Chaos Computer Club and ODEM.org regard this as a
    severe threat to the citizens' right of informational
    freedom. Not to be able to get information about political
    activity from publicly available sources must be considered
    a societal backstep for democracy.
    A demonstration against this blocking plans will take place
    on the 6th of April on the streets of Düsseldorf. More
    information about this action can be found at
    ODEM asks concerned users of the Internet to sign their
    declaration for the freedom of information. First signers
    already include Richard Stallman, Iac Clarke, journalist
    organizations like the "reporters without borders",
    scientists and politicians.
    Contact persons:
    - Questions according internet censorship in germany in
       Alvar Freude, alvar@a-blast.org, http://alvar.a-blast.org/,
       Tel. ++49 (1 79) 13 46 47 1
    - Questions according Chaos Computer Club (CCC):
       Andy Müller-Maguhn, andyat_private, http://www.ccc.de/,
       Tel. ++49 (30) 30 87 17 15
    - Questions according to real live demonstration in
       Lars Weiler, pylonat_private,
       Tel. ++49 (1 71) 1 96 32 58
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