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Peter Huber on the Orwellian Falacy
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Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 15:09:58 -0500
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Subject: Peter Huber on the Orwellian Falacy
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HIGH-TECH'S LIBERATING EFFECT
As the Internet makes inroads into information-restrictive nations,
such as China, efforts to limit access to only "desirable" ideas
are doomed to failure, say experts.
"The complaint one hears against the Internet isn't that there is
too little speech," says Manhattan Institute analyst Peter Huber.
"Instead, the argument is that there is too much hateful or
Stalin manipulated the past, altering photos and just wiping
people and events out of the historical record. But today,
documents and photos get downloaded and stored in files all over
the world. You can make corrupt copies, false copies, but you
can't erase real copies now."
Huber, author of the book "Orwell's Revenge," applauds the move
by industry to make encryption products widely available: "It
means that we can now create a zone of privacy that the government
can't penetrate. That's the exact opposite of what Orwell through
source: Investor's Business Daily
December 30, 1997
as summarized by Edupage
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