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"Anonymous web-surfing should be a criminal offense"



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From: "Axel H Horns" <[email protected]>
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http://www.heise.de/tp/english/inhalt/te/5592/1.html

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"Anonymous web-surfing should be a criminal offense" 

A Dutch Member of Parliament, Oussama Cherribi, who formerly opposed 
Scientology by posting its copyrighted documents on his  website, 
came out against anonymity on the net. Without anonymity, the 
materials that elevated Scientology from a mere wealthy "religious" 
cult to a butt of net.scorn never would have  come to light -- let 
alone into Cherribi's hands. His outburst was provoked by an 
announcement by  XS4ALL, the venerable Dutch ISP with roots in the  
"Hacktic" techno-anarchist collective, that it would participate in 
Zero Knowledge Systems'  Freedom Network, a new client-server network 
for obscuring the activities and identities of netizens as they go 
about their net.business.  

The Dutch e-zine _Webwereld_ quoted him as saying, "Anonymous web 
surfing should be a criminal offense, and unlimited anonymity should 
become a penal offense." The predictable  justification: "It is a 
matter of the security of the state." We expect many more "official"  
reactions of this kind to Freedom; but, given the spotty track record 
of hysterical law-and-order fanatics, we won't regard their 
criticisms as authoritative recommendations that  Freedom really is 
as good as we would like.  

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