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3 days before elections, largest German state censors Pirate Party from the net (falkvinge.net)
72 points by im_dario on May 10, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 12 comments

this headline is misleading. The website was blocked in some schools due to an incompetent configuration of a filter software. The filter configuration has been changed.

Don't forget the corollary to Hanlon's Razor, Grey's Law: "Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice."

This ought to be counter-productive, considering that most students either know or potentially know about the Pirate Party. All this does is making people who didn't care enough become interested. I think the Pirate Party will probably get more votes from this, as people like to feel they are sticking up to the man - voting on a censored and a non-non-sensical party seems like a good way of doing it, especially since their views are aligned with most students views.

This isn't censorship any more than blocking porn in high school libraries is considered censorship. This wasn't a move by rival political parties. The school in question used some third party web filter which flagged the pirate party's website as drug-related.

There is a possibility of censorship of the Dutch party since yesterday.

Dutch court bans Pirate Party links to The Pirate Bay http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18016819

What "list from IBM" would they be using? Can anyone confirm this categorization of the site as "illegal drugs"?

Edit: any chance this was done by someone in support of the pirate party?

As a general policy, censorware companies don't want people to be able to see the lists of blocked URLs because they're so embarrassingly over-reaching.

Sounds like it was just censored in schools with a NetNanny type internet filter. What's the voting age in Germany again?

Based on this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_age#G and its references, the voting age in Germany for state elections is 16 years old.

Its 18. In North-Rhine Westphalia. http://www.wahlrecht.de/landtage/

End yes, just this was most likely just one commercial filter going rogue on drug related words in one school only, which blocked a completely legal and g-rated drug politics statement on the website of the pirate party. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&...

But only for municipal elections in some federal states. For state elections it is 18 in all federal states except for Bremen where the voting age is also 16.

However, there are students at school that are already 18, so I can see the problem here. Though it seems that it was caused by a misconfigured filter and clearly lack of intent.

Where is the democracy ?

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