[WikiEN-l] Tearing down the Chinese Firewall

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sun May 14 18:46:39 UTC 2006

Timwi wrote:

>Erik Moeller wrote:
>>I've written down some thoughts on the problem of distributing IP
>>addresses and anonymization tools a while ago:
>That page does not consider the possibility that circumventing the 
>censorship may be illegal in the affected countries. Of course /you/ 
>think you're in the right because you "know" that censorship is wrong, 
>but you're nevertheless encouraging people to commit a crime in their 
>country, which itself may be illegal or at least immoral.
Just because something is illegal does not mean that it is wrong; it is 
merely contrary to the intentions of the state.  Getting around copy 
protect devices on CDs may be illegal, but it's not wrong.

Providing information on how to circumvent laws is not in itself 
immoral.  What would be immoral would be failing to alert the potential 
user that using this information may be illegal for him.  Only when he 
knows about the laws can he make an informed choice about going ahead.


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