Do you know China have ten million broadband Internet
What we do know is that their access to www.wikipedia.org
on the day-to-day will of the government and/or bureaucracy. This is
not the way we intended the Internet to work. This blocking is
similar to a technical error and we should look for ways to repair it.
There used to be a similar problem in the Soviet Union, but it was
"repaired" 15 years ago. First, East Europeans joined BBSes and
electronic mailing lists, then the Berlin Wall came down, then the
Soviet Union collapsed. Today, all former Soviet republics (perhaps
with the exception of Belarus?) have unregulated access to the
Internet. There was no "bias" or bad will in achieving this.
Internet connectivity is even more of a problem in Cuba than in the
People's Republic of China. Are there any resident Cuban Wikipedia
contributors at all? Not to speak about North Korea.
Look see, I don't have to go into political ideology here. All I need
to promote is everybody's right and freedom to access the Internet.
This is not the opium war of the 19th century. You might get addicted
to the Internet, but it is not brought to you in order to enslave you.
(Unless Wikipedia is considered to be slave labour...?)
Lars Aronsson, lars(a)aronsson.se