The folly of censorship in a networked world

One of the first things I learned about the Internet was that it was designed so that information could route around trouble spots.

That is more than a technological marvel, it has significant cultural implications.

I believe there are more libertarians today simply because by its very nature, the Internet encourages low barriers, transparency and fewer restrictions. Because of that a mindset of openness naturally follows for long-time netizens (you don’t see that word much any more, do you?)

Here’s an example of information routing around trouble: A TV station that was taken off the air by the Venezuelan government has re-emerged on YouTube. (via e-Media Tidbits).

Governments that attempt censorship in the networked age engage in folly.

At 10,000-plus subscribers, the channel is already the most popular on YT, beating out #2 by more than 6,000 subscribers.

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