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Censorship

Finnish Censorship Expanding 196

Thomas Nybergh lets us know about the secret list maintained by the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation, containing an estimated 1,700 foreign "child pornography'" sites. These are mostly in the US and the EU, and certainly not all of them contain child porn or even links to it. Finnish ISPs are required by law to block access to sites on the list, according to The Register. Finland's EFF has information about the block list, which reportedly includes a musical instrument store, a doll store, and a site of Windows tips in Thai. Recently added to the list — which by law should contain only child pornography sites — is the text-only site of a Finnish free-speech advocate who criticizes the censorship law. Evading the ISPs' block is trivial, of course.
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Submission + - Finnish Internet censorship (effi.org)

Thomas Nybergh writes: "The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation maintains a secret list of "child pornography" sites. Some major Finnish ISPs, although currently not required by law to do so, do block access to sites on this list.

The blocking, which is performed by crippling DNS, has been criticized, especially since lapsiporno.info ("childporn.info"), a site discussing the practice, but not containing any illegal material, was added to the list of blocked sites, despite the fact that only sites hosted outside of Finland are allowed to be blocked (Real child porn sites hosted inside Finland are to be shut down and the maintainers prosecuted).

Quite a lot of other sites that have nothing whatsoever to do with "child pornography" are also on the list, and critics of the practice of crippling DNS say that it's only a matter of time before other inconvenient or controversial material will be censored, too. This article on Electronic Frontier Finland's site is the most adequate summary of the situation available in English."

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Submission + - Finland police censors vs Matti Nikki

newtley writes: "If the name Matti Nikki seems familiar, you're probably thinking of his analysis of the Sony BMG DRM spyware. He's now in the news again, but this time this software expert and activist is in trouble with Finnish police censors over kiddie porn and his case has become a major issue. As the the EFFI (Electronic Frontier Finland) puts it, "After a public outcry on the censorship practices the police decided to suspect Nikki of aiding the distribution of material violating sexual chastity." He's now slated for interrogation on Wednesday (February 20). "This is not a proud moment to be a Finn," says the EFFI, pointing out that one of the sites censored was set up in honour of the late HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand."
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Submission + - Finnish police censors numerous U.S Web sites (nyud.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Kai Puolamäki of Electronic Frontier Finland writes:



The Finnish police maintains a secret block list of web sites allegedly containing child pornography, pursuant to a law passed last year. The purpose of the law is to prevent the access to the foreign sites that contain child pornography.

Most of the censored sites are located in the United States or EU countries. Many of the censored sites have turned out to be apparently legal pornographic sites. Some of the censored sites are not pornographic sites at all.

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Submission + - Finnish police censors blacklist critisism

An anonymous reader writes: The recently deployed domain blacklists in Finland meant for censoring child porn are already being abused by the police. a Finnish website spreading information and heavily criticising the blacklist was recently added to the list of blacklisted websites. While no official reason has been given, this has been most likely due to the website releasing list of known blacklisted websites. The police has warned that distributing a list of blocked domains may lead to juridical action.
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Submission + - Finnish anti-censorship site censored

Leetteri writes: "A Finnish site(in Finnish) criticizing censorship has been blocked by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of Finland. EFF has also released a statement. The censorship is based on a law that been in use since the start of 2008 and is supposed to censor ONLY child pornography. The censor is DNS-based and optional for ISP's but the government has announced that if the system wouldn't be used voluntarily, it would become forced. The site was apparently censored because it contains about 2/3's of the list of censored sites. The list is maintained by one part-time police officer and has been declared classified. Most sites are perfectly legal sites from the US and EU and consist mostly of gay- "barely 18" and fetish porn. The law itself states that it is only applied to FOREIGN sites and contains no information about sites linking to child porn. It is obviously against the Finnish constitution and freedom of speech, but it still passed without opposition."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - ACLU: Ohio voting switch may be illegal

phorest writes: Oh the irony! Lawmakers decide to go one way, then the new ones take over and the fun begins! With so many decidedly against electronics in our elections, who would've thought the ACLU is looking to potentially sue the state of Ohio for switching away from Diebold touch-screen voting terminals.

CLEVELAND — The American Civil Liberties Union urged the elections board in the state's most populous county on Thursday not to make a switch to a new voting system for the state's March presidential primary, warning that the move could violate state law.


It appears to me that we'll never again get in our beds after the sweet feeling of democratic voting as when we awake from our slumber, the elections will be tainted from any lame excuse available. Go ACLU!

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