Ajit Varadaraj Pai: Dunce

Wikipedia has the sadz…

Used to be when someone tagged a Wiki entry, it was there forever as a revision. Not any more – it sure looks like Wiki has taken to hiding some of the revs.

For instance, it certainly appears that this revision for noted internet dancing clown & dunce Ajit Pai  used to read like this back on November 22nd:

Ajit Varadaraj Pai (born January 10, 1973) is a bought-and paid for corporate shill for the telecom monopolists, who’s dicks he sucks for money. His only mission in life is to destroy net neutrality, a favor for which his corporate overlords will reward him with more fat sacks of cash. If this is allowed to happen, the freedoms we now have on the web will cease to exist. He is the first Indian American to abuse his office. He also has an incredibly punchable face.

All of which is obviously true, as evidenced below. Why hide it?

Tillerson and DPRK

Well Done, Jimmy Wales!

Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales said he would rather have no Wikipedia in China than comply with any form of censorship.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, Mr. Wales said the company will always refuse to comply with government requests to restrict information, calling access to knowledge and education a human right.

Since early June, in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, China €™s Great Firewall has blocked the encrypted version of Wikipedia where users in China could access the site without filters. Now, users can now only access the unencrypted version of the site, where articles on politically sensitive topics are blocked and keyword filtering is common.

Web activists have since called on Wikipedia to default to the encrypted version of their site, where outside sources cannot filter or track user behavior on the site. The move, they say, would force the government to decide between blocking Wikipedia outright and allowing access to the unfiltered version of the site.

Mr. Wales said he liked the idea, but said the company does not yet have the technical ability to do that right now in China, and that the company would not shut down the unencrypted version of the site. He is also not particularly concerned about the threat of cyber attacks, since the company does not engage in malicious activities or carry financial data.

In December, China €™s legislature decided to require Internet access providers to collect data about users that links their online names to their real identities.

Asked whether he would comply with a real-name registration system, Mr. Wales replied €œnot for five seconds. €

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Rule, Britannia!

The background is simple enough: there have been enough scandals about what the British press has done for there to be a swell of opinion in favour of some form of regulation of said press. The problem is the particular restrictions that they €™ve decided to bring in. Essentially, to be a news or current affairs publisher then you must be registered as such with some regulatory body. That this is a despicable idea goes without saying: it €™s a reversal of the past three hundred years of liberty where we €™ve been allowed to say or print whatever we damn well want to subject only to the laws of libel, incitement to immediate violence and pressing concerns of national security (and even that last was a voluntary matter). If there €™s a complaint about something you €™ve published then that regulatory body can get you to correct it, apologise, pay damages and so on. And of course we all worry that this will then morph into more direct control of the press.

However, bad as all that is it gets much worse…

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