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- From: Lutz Donnerhacke <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 15:23:00 +0200 (MET DST)
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Private translation of Lutz.Donnerhacke@Jena.Thur.De using my own ugly
of FITUG e.V.
in the Usenet News
about the German sperre of nongerman sites
The Internet was made to ensure data transport even over lossy
connections. The concept is so successful, that the Internet is grown
to the major worldwide computer network. So the Internet interprets
cenorship as a technical bug and routes around it.
In spring 1996 the electronic commerce forum e.V. (ECO) founded the
Internet Content Task Force (ICTF). Whose press release prove,
that the this organization will remove illegal (from the point of
ICTF) information from the net, as soon as the ICTF is informed about
by anybody. The reason they claim for this behavior is the unstable
juristic situation of data transport in Germany. The idea to remove
content is an ineligible try to prevent investigations against a
internet service providers by uninsisted obedience. ICTF tries to stop
impracticable law restrictions of data transport by selfcencoring the
The German main prosecutor (BAW) got the factual wrong message of ECO,
it would be possible to limit the distribution of illegal information
in the Internet. He drop a fax notice to ECO pointing to
contents on a Dutch server. The BAW started an investigation
against the authors of this pages some weeks ago. With an implicit
cross reference to the press release of ECO the BAW notice, that
allowing further access to those pages could be interpreted as
abetment to a punishable act.
ECO replied, that an effective blocking will be impossible due to
technical reasons. Unfortunly this argumentation came too late.
Furthermore this is answer contradicts the former press release of
On the other hand ECO sent a notice to its members, sugessting to
stop unlimited transport of data. Some of them followed this advice
and blocked access to the server. This covers about 3500 other
content providers and services, too. A few of those providers also
blocked other pages on other servers even if they only point to the
Dutch sources. This included Compuserve with several millions of
users. Companies depending on international connectivity are heavily
hurt by this sperre.
The user of the Internet mirrored the contents to other servers,
which are still accessable. The Dutch provider rotates the numerical
address of his server randomly, resulting in effectless address
blocking. If someone tries to block all mirrors and addresses, Germany
would kick itself from the Internet.
In the meantime German ISPs made much better blocking systems. But
those are also effectless: I.e. read
Germany is - thanks to uninsisted obedience and against any insight of
technical impossibility - one of the leading cenorship countries and
known worldwide to stay in a line with China and Sigapur. Germany as a
central investment point of future technologies is politically and
FITUG urges to stop all similar blocking systems and expects a
press release from ECO containing, that the ICTF is stopped as an
unsuccessful experiment. The German gouvernment is requested to clean
up the legal positions.
Further informations can be found at: http://www.fitug.de/.