3 Bitcoin-related websites blocked in Russia, including bitcoin.org

Mirimir mirimir at riseup.net
Wed Jan 14 10:24:39 PST 2015

On 01/14/2015 07:12 AM, rysiek wrote:
> Dnia wtorek, 13 stycznia 2015 19:22:04 Mirimir pisze:
>> On 01/13/2015 05:47 PM, Alfie John wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jan 14, 2015, at 11:17 AM, rysiek wrote:
>>>> Dnia wtorek, 13 stycznia 2015 23:24:46 odinn pisze:
>>>> Tel that to David Censormoron, or whatever his surname really is.
>>>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/12/iranuk_in_accord_as_pm_promises_t
>>>> o_block_encrypted_comms_after_election/
>>>> Seriously, anybody from the UK here? How's the situation on the Isles,
>>>> is there any chance to stop this madness?
>>> Don't try to stop it. In fact, we should all be rallying the people of
>>> the UK to champion this and put this in affect. Once the election
>>> results are over, the new government are sworn in, and the laws are
>>> passed, encryption is turned off throughout the UK. Awesome job. Pat on
>>> the back. Then watch how the banking sector no longer guarantee online
>>> transactions safe, the proles stop using credit cards online for
>>> ecommerce, and businesses stop using their company VPNs.
>>> Be careful what you wish for David.
>>> Alfie
>> I'm sure that the UK would just require registration for using SSH, TLS,
>> IPsec, OpenVPN, etc, etc. Consider Iran's approach in 2013.[0]
>> | "Within the last few days illegal VPN ports in the country have
>> | been blocked," Ramezanali Sobhani-Fard, the head of the Iranian
>> | parliament's information and communications technology committee,
>> | told Mehr news agency, according to Reuters. "Only legal and
>> | registered VPNs can from now on be used."
> Exactly. I'm sure the banking sector and the government would find some 
> amicable solution. For instance, banks could be exempt, as they already 
> provide any and all info the government asks them to.
> Be careful what you wish for, Alfie. This, like many other laws, would be a 
> classic example of "give me a man and I'll find a crime". Magically, *some* 
> users of encryption would not be hindered/persecuted, and some would be to the 
> full extent permissible by law -- and far beyond.

This is the way with all weapons that threaten state monopoly of force.

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