China's Linux Firewall
By avalon on Jun 20, 2006
A lot of public criticism is made of commercial companies for giving in and helping the Chinese Government or just acuqiescing to their requests without much (if any) resistance. But what about open source products and projects? Should those who build open source projects just turn a blind eye to their software being used to build this kind of infrastructure? If someone told Linus, today, that Linux was the foundation of the "Great Firewall of China", could be reasonably be expected to do anything except say, "yeah, so what?"
If the 3rd version of the GPL is going to include anti-DRM clauses, why can't it also include anti-censorship or otherwise forbid it being used against other certain morals that are widely held in the western world? But given the lack of respect by the Chinese for IPR, in general, would they even care if they violated the GPL?