On Finnish Internet censorship

Since late 2006 Finland has been quietly enacting its own form of Internet censorship, a practice more typically connected with various oppressive regimes, and not with a democratic country.

The Finnish variation is a DNS blocking system ostensibly targeted at child porn. The system is however very dubiously implemented using secret block lists maintained by the police, and it blocks access to many sites that contain fully legal content. A well-known case is the police blocking access to the website of Matti Nikki, an anti-censorship activist.

There has been also discussion of expanding the system to block access to other internet resources, like gambling or file-sharing sites.

As is usual, this kind of faulty, and easy to circumvent system is the product of decision makers being ignorant of technology, even in the age of the information society. There was a demonstration today at the Finnish parliament house with about 500 attendees:

Internet censorship demonstration on March 4th, picture: Helsingin Sanomat

(picture source: Helsingin Sanomat)

To fight this, please support Electronic Frontier Finland (EFFi) and the efforts of MP Jyrki J. Kasvi.

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