2/19/2008

Finnish police censor free speech site via blacklist

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:50 pm

A recent incident in which a Finnish free speech activist was censored by his government highlights the dangers of secret blacklists of supposedly illegal Web sites.

The spat started when programmer Matti Nikki began to research which Web sites were secretly blocked by Finnish Internet providers based on a list compiled by the government. Although the secret blacklist was supposed to be reserved for overseas child pornography, Nikki discovered that, at least in his view, the majority of Web sites blocked were perfectly legal.

And what happened when Nikki published his findings on its Lapsiporno.info site? You guessed it: Embarrassed government officials put his exposé on their blacklist as well.

 

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