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Friday, 9 April 2004

P2P AND THE END OF CENSORSHIP


The BBC News site carries a feature on how P2P file-sharing will mean the end of censorship, whether for good or ill. The feature is based on comments by a Cambridge University computer scientist, Professor Ross Anderson. The same technology can ensure that “unpopular” news gets distributed far and wide even if it’s not going to be profitable for commercial syndication.

So far as the IPKat can see, developments like blogging have already shown that the internet is a medium that’s pretty immune to censorship. But he wonders whether it’s an inevitable part of everyone being able to say whatever they want is that their potential audience seems to listen less and less.

Comments on censorship here, here and here
P2P here; pea to pea here

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