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information about cenzorship in Slovenia
I would just like to let you know that Slovenian government (Slovenia is
a member of European Union since last year) a week ago decided to block
two on-line gambling sites, because they do not have a licence to
operate in Slovenia.
There are several problems with this, the major is that Office for
Gaming Supervision sent a simple letter (not an official order!) to
ISP's to block the site (what about "mere conduit" doctrine???) and
major ISP's just did it. It is also funny, that European Court of
Justice ruled in 2003 that across-border gambling like that is legal,
because EU has free movement of services enacted (see case Gambelli). My
personal opinion is that this cenzorship is illegal in many ways, but
the problem is that ISP's dont want to oppose governemnt and they simply
don't care about their users's rights.
But this also opened a great possibilities to inform people about Tor as
an anti-cenzorship tool, and of course I did it. :-))
So I just wanted to let you know that illegal cenzorship is not just
something which is happening in China. And I hope a lot of people in
Slovenia know about Tor now and see it as good anti-cenzorship tool.
BTW, we had similar example of cenzorship before (see
http://matej.owca.info/privacy/PHR04_slovenia.pdf, page 7 - udba.net case).