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Combating censorship

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From page A4 | August 21, 2013 | 24 Comments

Sometimes, you have to stick to your guns. Especially when you’re talking about spreading news, where sacrificing the integrity of your information makes you no less enlightening than propaganda.

Kudos to Wikipedia, whose co-counder Jimmy Wales recently said he would rather have no Wikipedia in China than comply with any form of censorship. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, he said the Wikipedia company will always refuse to comply with government requests to restrict information, and that access to knowledge and education is a human right.

China forces users to only access the unencrypted version of the site, where politically sensitive topics are blocked. Keyword filtering has become a common practice there.

In December, China’s legislature required Internet access providers to collect data about users that links their online names to their real identities. When asked by the Wall Street Journal if he’d comply with the real-name registration system, Wales said, “Not for five seconds.”

Compromising the quality of information your production shares with the public is a big no-no, no matter how wide of an audience you’re trying to reach. At some point, organizations must stand up and stick to their guns, even if it means being banned from an entire country.

While China hasn’t banned Wikipedia altogether yet, it could happen if Wikipedia takes further action to ensure its full scope of articles are broadcast there. Web activists have asked Wikipedia to default to the encrypted version of the site, forcing China to make the decision over allowing full access to the site or banning it outright. If Wikipedia switched, China would be unable to filter or track user behavior on the site.

Unfortunately, Wales said the company currently does not have the technical ability to do that yet in China. We’re hoping it, and every other worldwide information company facing censorship in the country, figures it out soon. It may lead to their ban, but the integrity of each would remain rock solid, and that’s just as important.

Mountain Democrat

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Discussion | 24 comments

  • robertdnollAugust 19, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    integrity with wikipedia,that's funny

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 19, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    Robert, I maintain possession of a circa 1954 set of Britannicas as a benchmark against to which to measure historical revisionism. Dollar for dollar, Wikipedia stands up quite well.

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  • cookie65August 21, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Media censorship in America is how our government has become something the founders would not recognize. Keyword filtering is exactly how the left's most popular websites operate. Protecting their propaganda consumers from reality is what allows them to believe they are better informed. The Fourth Estate in American government (the press) has failed the American people by becoming political activists and practicing censorship of anything that doesn't support their ideology and agenda. Our problems with media censorship are much greater than China's, because of it we are losing something they can only dream of, FREEDOM. They don't have any freedom to lose.

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  • Compass2TruthAugust 22, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    Sorry, I can't resist...In regard to media bias and censorship, the Mtn. Demo has crossed the line of integrity into tabloid trash journalism. This quote from reporter Chris Daley is a prime example why Publisher Richard Esposito refuses to have a little Come-to-Jesus meeting about inappropriate employee conduct... "Your bullying and attempts at intimidation are just laughable. You're going to tell my boss that I responded with "biting sarcasm" to your snarky, unsolicited email to me? Compared to your pubic abuse of me at numerous BOS meetings, your outrage at my changing a couple of letters in your name in a private communication seems rather puny and petty. And you expect what, that I'll be reprimanded, lose some pay or be fired? I well remember those earlier stories - not as hit pieces but as legitimate reporting of events as they were related to me by numerous others (GDPA) or were witnessed by me (RMAC)." Melody Lane - Founder, Compass2Truth

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  • Compass2TruthAugust 22, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    There's no excuse for trash journalism. In light of the prior comment, we will 'stick to our guns' in exposing he hypocrisy of this statement by the Mtn. Demo: "Especially when you’re talking about spreading news, where sacrificing the integrity of your information makes you no less enlightening than propaganda."

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    I just came from the "signage" draft meeting...and ...I think this county needs a history lesson. Who decides on if something is morally or ethically "right" for a community? I may not agree with a visual item--but in america we have the right to freedom of speech...Hitler burned signs...posters...art work...and books--that he felt were morally "wrong" you can see young adults smiling as they burn books...is this where we are going? If someone doesnt like a sign--fight that sign. But dont make ordinances going further then size...content should never be "banned." http://tinyurl.com/l7gforq

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Books banned at some time...in the name of moral and ethical standards of a community...The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor All I Need Is Love by Klaus Kinski Always Running by Luis Rodriguez American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden The Arabian Nights Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher The Banditti of the Plains by A. S. Mercer Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause Blubber by Judy Blume The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Brimstone and Treacle by Dennis Potter (BBC television version banned by the BBC) Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard C-D[edit source | editbeta] Call of the Wild by Jack London Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce Candide by Voltaire The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Carrie by Stephen King The Case for India by Will Durant The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger...and the list goes on....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_banned_by_governments

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    "Book Burning, 213 BC–2011 AD A library’s mission is to facilitate the spread of information. There is no greater action contrary to this goal than book burning. Since ancient times, people from virtually all religions and societies have burned books as a form of censorship, protest, or hate mongering." " Consider them a warning, for there will surely be future fights against the sharing of ideas." http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/burnedbooks/

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Art work destroyed by hitler...because of moral and ethic standards of his regime...http://tinyurl.com/jwlgnl4

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    Theses Against the Un-German Spirit...Principles for the Cleansing of Public Libraries...List of Noxious and Unwanted Writings..."Specifically, it could not be the function of this list to ennumerate the thousands of titles of trashy literature or other mediocre literature damaging to the spirit and the soul of the Volk. "...b) All writings that attack or attempt to dissolve the order of the community of the Volk and its moral foundation, specifically those against the race and biological requirements of a healthy Volk (marriage, family, etc.)." http://www.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/burnedbooks/documents.htm#guidelines

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Hitlers guidelines to "Degenerate Art" this includes graphic art pieces..."advertising" "Degenerate art is the English translation of the German entartete Kunst, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art. Such art was banned on the grounds that it was un-German or Jewish Bolshevist in nature, and those identified as degenerate artists were subjected to sanctions. These included being dismissed from teaching positions, being forbidden to exhibit or to sell their art, and in some cases being forbidden to produce art entirely. Degenerate Art was also the title of an exhibition, mounted by the Nazis in Munich in 1937, consisting of modernist artworks chaotically hung and accompanied by text labels deriding the art. Designed to inflame public opinion against modernism, the exhibition subsequently traveled to several other cities in Germany and Austria. " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degenerate_art

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    "While modern styles of art were prohibited, the Nazis promoted paintings and sculptures that were traditional in manner and that exalted the "blood and soil" values of racial purity, militarism, and obedience. Similarly, music was expected to be tonal and free of any jazz influences; films and plays were censored.[1]"

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Did i like the pink bunny sign...I didnt care...I thought it was on purpose to create emotions--which it did. Do I think anyone has the right to decide through moral and ethical standards what can go up on a sign for the "health" of a whole community--NO...Hitler did that--not only decided for a whole--but killed and experimented on the ones that were against him. Another person said well it didnt matter...we were going the way of GPS (little villages with broadband)...and didnt need signs. Who is going to be in charge of controlling our "visual" world? Signs---are there too many? Are they well designed? Do they make a statement? Are they informational?. I can not even understand why Harper would even bring up what goes up in a community...moral and ethic standards--are you kidding me...

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Signs displaying any statements or words of an obscene, indecent, or immoral character, or any picture or illustration of any human figure in such detail as to offend public morals or decency, or any other matter or thing of an obscene, indecent, or immoral character to the extent allowed by law. A - ED Co Sign Code Public Review Draft pdf, From the draft...this is a very "two sided blade" Who decides immoral? I think lying to a community is immoral...http://eldorado.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1468230&GUID=BE0740F9-6494-4E91-A8E8-08772CDA3257&Options=&Search=

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Maybe the sheriff could hand out the little books on the constitution for everyone to carry...even if it is to remember the freedoms we once had. Freedom of speech: The First Amendment of the United States Constitution stops the government from making any laws that may stop us from saying what we feel or think. The American people have the right to share their opinions with other people or criticize the government. - See more at: http://kids.laws.com/first-amendment#sthash.I130k86O.dpuf I found a kids version to make it easier for some to understand.

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    Technical glitch halts Nasdaq trading for 3 hours....people forget we are putting our entire lives on the net. Batteries run out. http://tinyurl.com/lfjpq5p

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    Technology is not sustainable. Technology Is Not Sustainable. TECHNOLOGY IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. Broadband or not...if these "walkable' communities to not have power...they will be isolated....What are some of you doing?

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  • Miwok NationAugust 23, 2013 - 12:32 am

    Phil: I maintain possession of a circa on California Indian Affairs, 1954 Book of senate resolution 115, 1966 Senate bill 1007, 1974 Smithonian as a benchmark against to which to measure historical revisionism. Identity, Tribal names, Boundaries all revised, renamed, usurped. Over 150 years of Indian roll numbers & federal Archives revised & edited to suit the needs of BOS 5, Governor, Unscrupulous investors Usurping land & Tribal names. Dollar for dollar, Wikipedia does NOT stand up well. That's right though, who cares, we are just Indians. Any brown or red skin will suit the needs of reservation exploitation. Billions of Dollars to Silence the Indians & Usurp the Identity. Dollar for dollar, Wikipedia does NOT stand up well. I Published true factual documents with with Proof. Wikipedia simply overrode the Moving document and went along with the New List, new names. Sadly the burden falls on the Indians & the tax payers. There are even more records to prove what I am saying to be true. Fiduciary Obligations down the toilet. Dollar for dollar, Wikipedia does NOT stand up well.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 23, 2013 - 2:15 am

    Each day each stream is new.

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 23, 2013 - 5:01 am

    Miwok Nation Wiki is written by people...is it an ultimate source--no. copy your work onto the net in your own form--setting up your own site is free...use several sources to document your words. then have it go viral..through sharing. I had people come to my house to watch a vid--I wanted people to see. Not everyone has a comp...or internet hook up.

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  • Miwok NationAugust 23, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    Thank you

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 23, 2013 - 5:41 pm

    Miwok Nation...if you were posting to me...you are most welcome. I have a family that is a rainbow of colors. Because of being an artist...I may be naive...see the best in everything (way before it is to late) ,believe anything people tell me. I am an artist first. Tell your story. If the post wasnt for me--tell your story anyway.

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  • Little RickySeptember 25, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Evelyn, Lets talk about Censorship Nazi's and how you and you brother Phil decide what is acceptable . Censorship is Offensive... You should be fired from the paper.... ----------------------------------------------------- ..Evelyn September 25, 2013 - 7:45 am OK, everyone, get a grip. Little Ricky, see Mt Dem Terms of Use HERE which prohibits abusive content (as in the sort you have been posting) or that includes personal information such as phone numbers and addresses. Phil did not delete your comments. I did. The Mt. Dem. can decide what to do about any further such.

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  • Little RickySeptember 26, 2013 - 11:18 am

    In the posts below both of the veerkamps admit to censoring the website.. We have a problem... So You Veerkamps think you can decide what is allowed.... I don't think so.... Phil Veerkamp September 25, 2013 - 7:42 pm Thank you, James ~~~ . goodness gracious, Little Rickey! Are you also going to tell your attorney that you published my home address here in Diamond Springs? BTW, Little Rickey I also deleted some of your vile posts libeling me. I think I'll recover them and hand them over to my attorney. Libel. Oh MY!!! Perhaps you might go over your posts calling me a drunk and delete . . . or try to delete all your libelous crap. OH MY!!! Evelyn September 25, 2013 - 7:45 am OK, everyone, get a grip. Little Ricky, see Mt Dem Terms of Use HERE which prohibits abusive content (as in the sort you have been posting) or that includes personal information such as phone numbers and addresses. Phil did not delete your comments. I did. The Mt. Dem. can decide what to do about any further such.

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