Monday, June 20, 2005

Orwell could not have made this up

Microsoft's new portal in China works like this:
If you type [the words 'freedom,' 'democracy' and 'human rights'] on Microsoft's new portal, a message appears telling you to try different ones. If this weren't insulting enough, the message actually says, according to news reports, "this item should not contain forbidden speech such as profanity. Please enter a different word for this item."
This is where the North-Koreans got their ideas. And this concept of a controllable society seems to be working. Just ask Amnesty.


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