|Felipe Rodriquez on Thu, 24 Apr 1997 10:43:25 +0200 (MET DST)|
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|nettime-nl: Effective blockade on the Internet impossible (AP newswire)|
This was was sent in Germany on tuesday, i got the translation today: "Effective blockade on the Internet impossible" Frankfurt/M, April 22 (AP) Effectively barring information of a certain kind from the Internet is not possible. That is the outcome of a week long blockade by Deutsche Forschungsnetz (DFN) of the Dutch Internet provider XS4ALL (meaning Access for All), which was lifted Monday evening. "It has been demonstrated that an effective blockade of illegal information has not been within the bounds of possibility" said DFN spokesman Klaus)Eckart Maass to AP news agency last Tuesday. Other Web servers, according to Mr Maass, have set up mirror sites of the online edition of the underground magazine "Radikal", published via XS4ALL, that is, it has been copied and been made accessible to the public. But this only served to put "Radikal" really in the picture. Besides, he had been faced with a flood of protest and abuse from the Internet, Mr Maass said. "Maintaining the blockade was not feasible." With their measure of 11 April, DFN responded to a letter from the Federal Criminal Investigation Department, pointing out the illegal contents of the magazine. Issue no. 154 of the radical left wing magazine contains a "Short Guide to hindering railway transports of all kinds" a manual describing how attacks can be made on the tracks on which the nuclear waste transports to Gorleben take place. On account of the Telecoms Bill, which received its second reading in the federal parliament on Friday, he is obliged to bar access to material on the Internet as soon as he learns of any illegal contents, Mr Maass explained, provided this is technically feasible. Protests from Serbia's opposition broadcasting station B92 As suppressing separate Web)pages is technically not possible, DFN cut off all access to the Dutch provider, which offers more than 6,000 different information sites among which those of Serbian opposition broadcasting station B92 and several others in the scientific field. "I cannot undertake anything that hampers scientific developments", said Mr Maass. Three DFN users complained they were no longer able to reach archeological and other information at XS4ALL. DFN, to which all German universities are connected, is used by about 500,000 users to obtain access to the Internet. Protests also came from B92, as the broadcasting station found its efforts to further the cause of democracy in Serbia thwarted by the blockade. In September of last year several commercial Internet providers had already blocked XS4ALL temporarily out of concern, so they said, that the measures taken by the law could take on such dimensions as would endanger their very existence. This action gave rise to fierce protests on the Internet, but also caused XS4ALL to remove issue 154 of "Radikal" from the server temporarily. It has not come to that during this recent blockade. Speaking out on the renewed blockade, XS4ALL said they were surprised, stating that censoring measures on the Internet had repeatedly proved to be counter productive. "As a provider we take the position that we cannot curtail freedom of opinion", XS4ALL spokesman Felipe Rodriquez-Svensson said. If there are doubts about the legitimacy of "Radikal" in the Netherlands, they should be settled in a Dutch court. -- XS4ALL Internet BV - Felipe Rodriquez-Svensson - finger firstname.lastname@example.org for Managing Director - - pub pgp-key 1024/A07C02F9 -- * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet toegestaan zonder * toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een gesloten en gemodereerde mailinglist * over net-kritiek. Meer info: email@example.com met 'info nettime-nl' in de * tekst v/d email. Archief: http://www.factory.org/nettime-nl. Contact: * firstname.lastname@example.org. Int. editie: http://www.desk.nl/~nettime.