Prasad J wrote:
I agree with Timwi, encouraging Chinese citizens to
break the laws of
their country is probably not the right thing to do, even though such
forms of censorship seem unfair. Also, what if the Chinese authorities
manage to track down those who break their censorship laws? Let us not
forget what the government does to "dissidents" in China. And what is
the press gets hold of this? The issue of Wikipedia and Chinese
Government censorship has been in the news. If we start encouraging
Chinese Wikipedians to break the law, it will only mean bad publicity
for the Foundation.
Providing technical information is not the same as encouraging.
The press is often unpredictable. It is also important to remember that
China does not like to be embarassed, especially not in the period
leading up to the 2008 Olympics. After that event progress may be more
difficult, and countries whose international debt is largely bankroled
by the Chinese may want to limit their support of freedom to just enough
isolated acts of lip service to prevent being accused of hypocrisy.