A couple of interesting blog href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2009/06/irans_internet_dilemma.html">posts
looking at the difficulties Iran is having in turning off it's
internet. While countries like Iran and China have some very
sophisticated filtering solutions to limit what their own citizens can
see on the internet (just like us) as the internet becomes more pervasive the option to turn it
off becomes harder to do. Countries have to balance economic interests
with their desire for political control.
Assuming there will always be some connectivity it makes sense to
support projects like href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network)">Tor
and Freenet that
allow users to bypass state imposed censorship. We should be very wary
if our governments start mandating what we href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8091044.stm">should
and shouldn't run on our machines. We should always protect href="http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html">freedom 0.